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ESNS [Friday selection]

Recommended by Dutch Music Export

From Wednesday the 18th till Saturday the 21st the biggest showcase festival of Europe ESNS will be taking place in Groningen, The Netherlands. At the festival part of ESNS, over one hundred Dutch acts will be performing. With so many artists to choose from, Dutch Music Export made a selection of artists we recommend to you!

Friday 20th of January:


Eurosonic Air // 23:15 - 00:00

Son Mieux is the 7-piece band around singer-songwriter Camiel Meiresonne, launching their acclaimed debut 'Faire de Son Mieux' in 2019. Second album 'The Mustard Seed' came out in December 2021, earned them an Edison (Dutch Grammy) for Best Album and over 10 million streams. But the band truly shines on stage, with energetic, well-arranged shows where emotions run high and dancing is key. After playing festivals all over Europe in the summer and their first European headline tour in the fall Son Mieux is coming for ESNS.

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Eurosonic Air // 21:50 - 22:35

Remember the song that played during that amazing summer with your friends? And the happy but melancholic way it makes you feel now? That’s what Blanks wants for his music. This tall and (over)-excited Dutch smooth pop musician rapidly build an international fanbase through his YouTube channel, attracting over 1.3 million subscribers.

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Akerk // 22:15 - 23:00

Latanya Alberto is a multidisciplinary artist who creates unique melodies, bridges genres and extends stories. The creativity both in her music and in her visualisations is a distinctive purpose of her art. Her meaningful lyrics read like poetry and her music is evolving with her as she matures. After releasing her third EP 'Home' in May 2022, she supported John Legend's show at North Sea Jazz Festival in July.

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Huize Maas Main // Friday to Saturday night 01:15 - 02:00

This Utrecht-based duo has been crafting their computerized soul together since 2013. With an impressive string of mature and deeply emotive tracks they’ve quickly become a household name in dance music. Their reworks of deadmau5, Robert Miles and Kosheen’s iconic ’Hide U’, alongside their collabs with Ben Böhmer and Lane 8 are indispensable ingredients for the world’s biggest radio and DJ shows.

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Huize Maas Main // 22:15 - 23:00

Personal Trainer is an Amsterdam-based indie rock band formed by an ever changing group of friends from bands like Canshaker Pi and Pip Blom. They have been described as “a manic indie rock orchestra that taps into the wayward spirits of Car Seat Headrest, The Fall and LCD Soundsystem”. Shows are played with up to ten members and in an intuitive but ever tighter jam spirit. Personal Trainer recorded debut album ‘Big Love Blanket’ with an incredible guest line-up. Their multi-headed stage assault is a heck of a secret weapon.

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Stadsschouwburg // Friday to Saturday night 00:30 - 01:15

The Jordan is a fresh new act serving trippy pop songs that combine lyrical poetry and cinematic arrangements with a raw, feminine edge. Dutch singer and songwriter Caroline Van der Leeuw, former singer of pop group Caro Emerald, is back with a new name, a new sound, a new mission. ‘Nowhere Near The Sky’ (produced by David Kosten - Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) is The Jordan’s extraordinary, game-changing debut album, showcasing trip-hop and folktronic textures that wrap her powerful voice in magic and mystery.

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Machinefabriek // 23:15 - 00:00

Robin Kester’s sound is a dreamy blend of a gentle, beguiling voice and experimentation with retro guitars, vintage synthesizers and an antique vibraphonette. Her beautiful mini-album ‘This Is Not A Democracy’, came out in 2020 and was produced by Marien Dorleijn (of Dutch band Moss). It draws on inspiration from luscious 70s pop with touches of the dream-pop of Beach House, the otherworldly ethereal qualities of artists such as Weyes Blood and Sufjan Stevens and a nod to the chamber-pop of Cate Le Bon. Kester is working hard towards her next album and its first singles are marked by a dark and electronic promise.

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