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Dutch Spotlight on Danish Music — Five Bands at the Eurosonic Festival

Dutch Spotlight on Danish Music
— Five Bands at the Eurosonic Festival

The last years’ persistent work to present Danish music at the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, Holland, appears to bear fruit. Thus, the Dutch organizers have by themselves booked three of the five Danish names that are going to play at the festival, which takes place on Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th of January on various venues in the music loving university town.

This year, The Blue Van, Diefenbach, The Bleeder Group featuring former Sort Sol-guitarist Peter Peter, The Magic Bullet Theory, and Lise Westzynthius are part of the programme, which includes more than 130 concerts on the 19 venues. The festival enjoys the attention of the international music business, and furthermore, the festival is a piece of collaboration between the European media companies of EBU (The European Broadcasting Union), all of which broadcast from the festival.

Lise Westzynthius – at Grand Theatres
upstairs scene.

– “I guess it’s fair to conclude that the last couple of years’ insistent presentation of Danish music at the Eurosonic Festival – not least the all-Danish night last year – has borne fruit. After the 2004 festival the organisers themselves stressed the performances of several of the Danish bands as being huge successes. The fact that Eurosonic has booked Diefenbach, The Bleeder Group, and The Magic Bullet Theory without any involvement on our part at all speaks for itself.” Says ROSA boss Gunnar Madsen, who is also spokesman for Music Export Denmark(*).

It used to be ROSA and Denmark’s Radio which collaborated to promote Danish music at the festival, but this year all the Danish bands are supported by the new MXD collaboration, which for the next three years will work to promote Danish music internationally by means of various campaigns and initiatives.

Thursday, January 13th:
Lise Westzynthius – 20:45 – Grand Theatre Upstairs.
Diefenbach – 00:30 – Huize Maas.

Friday, January 14th:
The Blue Van – 22:15 – Vera.
The Bleeder Group – 23:00 – Muziekschool.
The Magic Bullet Theory – 23:45 – Huis de Beurs.

(*) Music Export Denmark is the joint efforts of Denmark’s Radio, The Venue Foundation / The Roskilde Festival, The international Federation of the Phonographic