Showcasing European Music Festival Networks: the case of Eurosonic Noorderslag

Rob Ahlers

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    This dissertation introduces the first multi-perspective account on the showcase festivals specifically, It reveals why these festivals matter for culture in society and synthesizes practical and theoretical perspectives upon which festival scholars can build. More specifically, this dissertation explores the ways in which the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival has become the main fulcrum of the European transnational music industry. In its 35-year existence, the European Music and Showcase Festival Eurosonic Noorderslag has developed into the leading platform for the promotion of European music repertoire. A detailed account of its history explores how this festival’s social, ethnographical and cultural processes have facilitated its successful development from 1986 until the present. Due to its award culture and mediated character, Eurosonic Noorderslag serves as a stepping-stone for upcoming groups and artists internationally. Narratives and experiences from local and regional musicians trace back to debates about local representation in early festival editions and provides a new – and often obscured – perspective on the utility of showcase festival performances. Finally, three other European showcase festivals provide the foil to which Eurosonic is compared and contrasted within the broader European music industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    • Strandvad, Sara, Supervisor
    • McGee, Kristin, Co-supervisor
    Award date1-Mar-2021
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Print ISBNs978-94-6332-742-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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