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American slave and black metal from Switzerland on ESNS & more new names

“Most interesting thing I’ve heard in ages.” according to guitar legend Slash. With Zeal & Ardor another fascinating name is added to the line-up of Eurosonic-Noorderslag.  Manuel Gagneux is one of the musical revelations of 2017. Under the moniker of Zeal & Ardor the Swiss-American artist created a highly unlikely and equally addictive blend of […]

Names to remember: singer-songwriter Bjarke Ramsing, first Popronde, then Eurosonic?

Popronde 2017 starts in about a month and Bjarke Ramsing is certainly one of those names in the line up to look forward to. For the Danish singer the Netherlands is the point of departure for a musical journey. His songs are “simple one-way monologue songs”, pure and powerful. This summer he performed at festivals and on […]

Guitar legend on stage: Jan Akkerman at Gigant

Dutch guitar player Jan Akkerman (1946) did almost anything a musician could possibly do. During half a century he worked with many different musicians like BB King, Charlie Byrd, Cozy Powell, Claus Ogerman and IceT, besides being a member of international leading bands such as Brainbox and Focus.

Name-drops : who’s performing where, a SXSW edition

This month: the Dutch delegation at SXSW South by South West is a showcase festival like Eurosonic/Noorderslag but bigger. It is also more diverse with different cultural events, like for example a movie festival. South by South West is a great experience and a huge opportunity for artists. You can represent yourself and your music […]