INES showcase festival network expands its offer for 2019

INES is the European network of Showcase Festivals under the leadership of gigmit, the platform for artist discovery and booking. It is co-funded by the CREATIVE EUROPE programme of the European Union.

Many music careers have been launched at these showcase festivals, all of which combine public performances with music business conferences and trade shows. INES#talent is a new European exchange programme that helps artists get booked at showcase festivals. It started in 2018 covering eight festivals across Europe (Enea Spring Break Showcase Festival & Conference, Monkey Week Son Estrella Galicia, Live at Heart, Liverpool Sound City, Ment Ljubljana, SonicVisions, Waves Vienna and Westway Lab). Now INES is expanding by adding four new festivals (Linecheck, Budapest Showcase Hub, ℅ pop und Nouvelle Prague) to its network. Applications are now open for INES#talent, a programme that sends emerging musicians around Europe to play at influential showcase festivals. It’s part of the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES), which is enabling more cross-border exchange for artists and music industry professionals. To expand the INES#talent programme to more European countries, four showcase festivals from Italy (Linecheck), Hungary (Budapest Showcase Hub), Germany (℅ pop) and Czech Republic (Nouvelle Prague) have joined INES as associated members. INES#talent opened for artist applications from 12 countries on June 1st.

More than 100 performance spots are available for INES#talents at showcase festivals in 2019

As a result, artists applying for INES#talent will get more chances to be booked. INES#talent is a pool of bands and solo performers who are selected by the festivals as the best new talent from their respective countries. This is a unique chance for artists to breakthrough and launch their international careers. There are around 100 performance slots available exclusively to artists in the INES#talent pool, for which 100 artists will be nominated by the participating festivals. From June 1 until July 31, bands will be able to submit their applications at to be nominated as an INES#talent for 2019. Most importantly, the selected artists will perform in front of music industry professionals in other countries, due to the special business-focused nature of showcase festivals. This increases their chance of being booked for future festivals and tours across European borders.

This year’s INES#talent pool is already enjoying the benefits of the programme. In 2018, 104 artists have been nominated for INES#talent by INES partner festivals. So far, 60 #talent bookings were confirmed for the 2018 festival season. Among the top talents are Molly (Austria), who have already played at three of four festivals, as well as The Magnettes (Sweden), Futurski (Slovenia) and Mother’s Cake (Austria) with two bookings each. Berlin-based indie band HYMMJ was selected through INES#talent to play at Enea Spring Break in Poland, and says: “Everything was perfectly organized and the crowd was enthusiastic! Radio stations, booking agencies and festivals approached us afterwards – we couldn’t ask for a better first show in Poland! Thanks to INES for making this possible.”