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Euro stars: Transmusicales, Eurosonic

The summer festival circuit may be resting until 2012, but there are still European festivals worthy of your time and attention between now and the time Primavera rolls around next May. You may have missed last weekend’s Iceland Airwaves, but …

Mon, Oct 17, 2011, 13:54

   

The summer festival circuit may be resting until 2012, but there are still European festivals worthy of your time and attention between now and the time Primavera rolls around next May. You may have missed last weekend’s Iceland Airwaves, but how about a trip to France or Holland for your next musical kicks out foreign?

The Transmusicales festival has been taking place in the French town of Rennes since 1979 and is an event which prides itself on spotting and showcasing future stars. This year’s festival takes place between December 1 and 3 and scheduled acts include Factory Floor, Shabazz Palaces, Ghostpoet, Mexican Institute of Sound, SBTRKT, Spoek Mathambo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Souleance, Breton (yes, we get it, Breton playing a gig in Brittany) and tons more. Full information on line-up and tickets here.

Regular OTR readers will know that the Eurosonic festival in Holland is our ideal way to start the year and we’ve covered the event here every January for the last few years. Taking place in the lovely Dutch town of Groningen, the showcase of new European acts attracts festival bookers, radio programmers, agents, promoters, media folk and your ordinary decent music fan to the city to see over 200 acts in action. Eurosonic 2012 takes place from January 11 to 13 and the list of the first acts confirmed for the festival is here (we’ll be up the front for Thulebasen).

While there are always a bunch of Irish acts at Eurosonic(thanks to the long-running involvement of RTE 2fm in the event, there will be a special focus on Ireland at Eurosonic 2012 with a larger than usual number of Irish acts set to play. God Is An Astronaut, Lisa Hannigan, The Cast of Cheers, The Minutes and European Border Breakers Awards winner (and recent Ticket cover star) James Vincent McMorrow are already confirmed to be going Dutch next January, while Eurosonic booker Robert Meijerink was in Dublin at the Hard Working Class Heroes festival earlier this month to run the rule over a number of acts who’ve applied for the festival. Stay tuned to OTR for news on more Irish reps soon.