EuroSonic Nooderslagis now one of Europe’s most important music conferences and is joined to a massive European live music showcase which is all held in Groningen the Netherlands from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th January 2012. The whole show kicks off this year on Wednesday 11th January at 18.00 with the European Border Breakers Awards (hosted by Jools Holland and live on NTR TV in the Netherlands) and then at 20.00 its time for the European Festival Awards – and the special recipient this year is Michael Eavis, organiser of the Glastonbury Festival, who wins the Lifetime Achievement Award.
There are two key green panels this year in the conference programme organised by GO Europe and the first looks at communicating the “green” message and the second looks at the different international standards that can be used by green events: There are quite a few other panels at the conference which might be of interest to our readers and we have highlighted some below. Highlights of the live showcases include Border Breaker winners James Vincent McMorrow (IE), Anna Calvi (UK), Elektro Guzzi (AT), Boy (D) and Selah Sue (BE) along with many many other performers including Ice Age, The Medics, Niki & The Dove, Animal Kids, Battlekat, Death Letters, Lilian Hak, Blaudzun, Baskerville, Effi, Haas, Krystl, Bombay Show Pig, LeMaitre, We Are Evergreen, Wolfendale, The Cyborgs, Pinkunoizu, Lucy Rose, Tove Stryke, Henzel & Disco Nova, Daughter and Reptile Youth.
Some of the Conference panels:
Thursday 16.30 – 17.30 NEW EUROPEAN UNION SUPPORT FOR THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS with Ann Branch from the EU Commission, moderated by Willem van Zeeland (VPRO, NL)
Friday 12.30-13.30 LESS TOURS, LESS TICKETS? With Rob Chalice (Coda UK), Charlie Presberg (Pollstar, UK), Eric van Eerdenberg (MOJO, NL), Sebastien Vuignier (Paleo Festival, CH), Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio, D) and moderated by Allan McGowan (UK).
Friday 13.30-14.30 GREEN FESTIVAL COMMUNICATION with Julia Gudzent (Melt! Festival D) and Carlijn Lindmulder (ID&T, NL) moderated by Holger Jan Schmidt (Rheinkultur/Green Events Germany, D)
Friday 15.00 – 16.00 THE DEBATE ABOUT DISCOUNTING TICKETS with Stewart McKie (UK) and Will Page (PRS for Music, UK) and moderated by Greg Parmley (Intellitix, UK)
Saturday 12.30 – 13.30 GREEN INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS IN EVENT MANAGEMENT WITH Rachael Saunders (Sustainable Events, UK) and moderated by Jacob Bilabel (Green Music Initiative, D)