In case you were wondering if performing at the ESNS festival in Groningen works for your career, here are some numbers…
For seven of the performing artists at ESNS the results are visible in the Music Moves Talent Artist charts, just two weeks after the event. Irish indie rock band Inhaler rises to from #23 to #21, Belgian R’n’B act Lous & The Yazuka is up four notches to #26, British indie rockers Squid are up from #34 to #33, Dutch world music outfit Altin Gün rises two places to #39, Norwegian pop singer Emma Steinbakken wins 11 places to #47, and British indie rockers Sorry are up nine places to #52. We also welcome British indie-pop singer Alfie Templeman at #99.
Of course, it is always a ‘chicken and egg situation’, and some of these performers were helped by their inclusion in the BBC Sound Of 2020 long list, like Inhaler and Squid. Or supported by a well-timed new single release, like Inhaler’s We Have To Move On (Universal). But I’ve seen most of the shows of the above-mentioned artists at the festival and there was plenty of buzz in the air. Even ESNS performing artists who have no visible higher rankings this week have improved in chart points on a month-to-month basis: British singer-songwriters Tom Gregory at #4 (up 9 %), Declan J. Donovan at #9 (up 3%) and Belgian chanteuse Charlotte Adigéry (up 2%).
There are four other movers this month who gain ten notches or more. Belgian rapper Bryan Mg at #56 crosses over in a big way to The Netherlands, helped by popular Dutch rapper Frenna on his latest offering My Bébé (Top Notch). More hip hop doing well is found at #58, where French artist James BKS has airplay in eleven countries with New Breed (7 Wallace). Dutch dance producer Lyzza at #61 gets massive support from Polish radio, and now also in Spain and the U.K. with her self-released track Neverland, which features Joe Goddard from British indie-dance outfit Hot Chip. And French rapper Gambi at #72 spreads to the rest of French-speaking Europe with three tracks at the same time: Hé Oh, Popop and Dans L’Espace (all Warner).
The highest new entry this week at #88 comes from French production duo Goldstone. Their super catchy All I Know (Wagram) crosses over to Italy and Austria. Besides the already mentioned Alfie Templeman, who enjoys airplay in seven different countries already with three tracks from his debut EP Don’t Go Wasting Time (Chess Club), there are two re-entries in this month’s chart. At #98 B.E.D., the coalition between British singer Baxter Dury, French dance meister Étienne De Crecy and British singer Deliah Holiday enters, whose songs like White Coats (PIAS) get airplay in the southern part of Europe. And finally, in at #100, we welcome back British dance producer Franky Wah. His single Words (Ministry Of Sound) is popular in Belgium.
Music Journalist and radio professional from The Netherlands