Irish to reign at Eurosonic

For three days later this week, the Dutch city of Groningen will be filled with a staggering amount of live gigs as over 180 bands perform (often multiple times) across 20+ venues to hundreds of music journalists, record labels, festival promoters and maybe even to some fans!

Europe's equivalent of SXSW in the U.S. has now been running for over twenty years and the 2012 edition features Ireland as the focus country. The good news is we are well represented (by both established and not-so-established acts) with all 21 Irish artists listed below :

Bitches With Wolves
Cashier No. 9
Emmet Tinley
Fionn Regan
Foy Vance
Funeral Suits
God Is An Astronaut
Hello Moon
James Vincent McMorrow
Lisa Hannigan
Mojo Fury
Ram's Pocket Radio
The Cast of Cheers
The Minutes
Toby Kaar
Wallis Bird
We Cut Corners

The U.K. will be represented by artists such as Anna Calvi, Veronica Falls, Clock Opera, Lianne La Havas and plenty more. For a full rundown on who is playing check out the list here.

If you get a chance I recommend taking a quick listen to the promotional two-disc playlist which features Ireland's Ram's Pocket Radio and God Is An Astronaut over on the official website here.

- Eurosonic takes place in Groningen (Holland) from January 11th to January 13th