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The history of the iconic Eurosonic Noorderslag conference

Within the electronic music industry, the Netherlands is famed for being the home of many of the biggest artists in the world, but also for playing host to some of the best events year-round. Artists such as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Hardwell have all emerged from the country, illustrating why it is viewed as the hub for electronic dance music. In the Netherlands many festivals take place across the year, welcoming talents from every sub-genre of the electronic music industry, with Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) dominating as perhaps the most globally-known of them all. But, now that ADE is over, all eyes are on the next huge conference set to take place, Eurosonic Noorderslag. Eurosonic Noorderslag is an annual four-day conference/showcase held in Groningen, Netherlands. Separated into two parts, the Eurosonic part of the festival focuses on artists from all across the European continent. Every year the event chooses one European country to focus on specifically for the first part of the conference. The second part of the festival, Noorderslag, takes place on the very last day and focuses specifically on Dutch artists. The event itself plays host to a number of awards shows where artists are rewarded for their outstanding contributions. A few of these awards shows include European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), European Festival Awards, Buma Cultuur […]

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