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Music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag

Jan. 18, 2023 - Jan. 23, 2023, Groningen City

Eurosonic Noorderslag is an annual music conference in Groningen that showcases up-and-coming and renowned bands so you’ll know who to keep an eye on.

  • Enjoy more than 300 performances by renowned bands and young talents in Groningen.
  • Over 30,000 visitors from 40 countries.
  • Attend the awards ceremonies and see who goes home with the most important awards.
Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) is a music festival and the most important music conference in Europe at the same time. The event aims to promote the European music sector and repertory, exchange experiences, and discover and stimulate new musical talents via a single shared platform. Moreover, important music awards will be presented at the event. Workshops and countless performances by young and renowned bands are also on the program.

Four days of music

Every year in January, the centre of Groningen is turned into the backdrop for the best bands. Eurosonic Noorderslag offers countless bands a stage to showcase their songs and promote European pop music. 

Live performances 300 bands

With over 300 performances and some 150 panels, the festival draws more than 30,000 visitors from some 40 countries. And these are not just music lovers, but also professionals who come here to headhunt new talents. In addition to many performances and panels, the festival presents a range of awards and represents an exchange programme for talents from different European countries.

Availability and parking

The festival can be found in multiple locations throughout the city centre. The railway connection takes you from Amsterdam to Groningen in just 2 hours. The various locations are within walking distance from the centre. The main building is De Oosterpoort (Trompsingel 27, 9724 DA Groningen). It is only a ten minute walk from Groningen station all the way along the canal and passing the Groninger Museum. If you are travelling by car, we recommend parking for example at Q-park Ossenmarkt, Q-park Rademarkt, Parking Damsterdiep, Parking Boterdiep or Interparking Centrum.

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