REYKJAVÍK (VIP-NEWS) — The nation of Iceland is the focus at next year's Eurosonic Noorderslag, and the first wave of Icelandic acts have been announced by Iceland Music Export.
The 29th edition of the Dutch showcase and festival will take place on January 14-17.
Discussing the news, Sigtryggur Baldursson, MD Iceland Music Export said: “Iceland’s music community is in the midst of some massively exciting developments, so to be invited as Eurosonic Noorderslag’s focus country for 2015 is perfect timing as well as a great honour.
"A combination of our homegrown festivals, a targeted export programme, Reykjavik’s establishment as an international touring destination and the continued success of Icelandic music abroad has resulted in the emergence of a new generation of artists. The likes of Kaleo, Kiasmos, Rökkurró and Samaris are all unique and individual talents, and I hope today’s announcement will offer just a small taste of what to expect next January.”
Peter Smidt, creative director Eurosonic Noorderslag added: “For many years we have enjoyed the incredible amount of unique acts to come out of this small European country. We also have been amazed by the quality of Icelandic acts that have performed at previous editions of Eurosonic Noorderslag. We are looking forward to put a spotlight on all new Icelandic talents by doing the focus on Iceland at Eurosonic Noorderslag in January 2015.”
Each year a different country is highlighted at Eurosonic Noorderslag showcasing diverse musical talent from across Europe. Other countries who have been showcased at previous editions include France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, The Netherlands, Ireland, Finland and Austria.