Next to our great music programme, we present several additional parties, sessions and get-togethers in co-operation with some of our partners. So, if you are interested in expanding upon your day-to-day musical discoveries during Eurosonic Noorderslag, this party-guide will tell you where you can go.


Eurosonic Air

Grote Markt 
Thursday & Friday, 20:45 - 00:30
Saturday, 12:30 - 17:00
Free access.

Payment at the bar: Only cashless / Cards

For the seventh year in a row Eurosonic Noorderslag presents Eurosonic Air, a free accessible venue at the Grote Markt at the heart of the city centre. Here you can enjoy some great European acts while you have a drink with friends or colleagues. 

Visit our news page for an accurate timetable. 

ESNS 3voor12 Sessions

Graansilo, Griffeweg 4
Thursday, 13:30 - 19:45
Friday, 12:45 - 19:00
Saturday, 11:45 - 18:00

Visit our news page for an accurate timetable.

Live 3FM radio

De Winkel, Grote Markt 30-33
No access to the studio.


Live radio will be broadcast for Eurosonic Noorderslag every night. Go visit De Winkel where you can windowshop the hardworking DJs and producers, and can listen in on live sessions by some of the Eurosonic Noorderslag acts. 

Visit for more information on the activities of 3FM at Eurosonic.

2 meter Sessies

Damsterdiep (in the Summerlabb venue)
Thursday & Friday, 17:00 – 20:30
Saturday, 14:00 – 17:30
Free access

Former music tv-host Jan Douwe Kroeske invites some of the most talented, promising acts of the Eurosonic Noorderslag line-up at his intimate 2 Meter Sessions stage. In the past years, now quite established artists such as The Slow Show, Amber Arcades, The Staves and C Duncan dropped by this session stage to perform… and the line-up for this year will be just as promising. 

For more information about the sessions and a detailed programme, go to

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Brouwerij Martinus, Kostersgang 32-34 
Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00
Free access.



Joan Thiele
+ Joycut dj set

Dox 20 Year Anniversary Showcase

Brouwerij Martinus, Kostersgang 32-34
Saturday, 15:00 - 18:00
Free access.

Amsterdam-based label, bookings agency, and publisher Dox, a firm that only believes in true music, celebrates its 20th birthday. That’s a reason to party! The celebratory year will be kicked off on January 14th, during Noorderslag, with an exclusive showcase where Dox will present its newest acts: Brass Rave Unit, IVAR, PEER, Lorrèn en Marle Thomson. You can’t go listen to this music without a beer, so we cordially invite you to Brouwerij Martinus!

Programme Downstairs:
15:15 Lorrén
16:15 Brass Rave Unit
17:15 PEER

Programme Upstairs:
15:45 Marle Thomson
16:45 IVAR

Giels Talenten

Huis de Beurs, Akerkhof 4 
Thursday, 16:30 - 19:15/19:30.
Free access.

Extending his online platform, Giel Beelen will be on the look-out for new musical talent. He will also present eleven of his previously-found talents to the public. Music from the bedroom straight to Eurosonic Noorderslag! 

Keep an eye on for more information.

Excelsior Recordings & Triomf present De Salon

Noorderlicht, Akerkhof 12
Wednesday to Saturday, 12.00 - 22.00
Free access.


This year, Excelsior Recordings has partnered up with Triomf designers to create the ‘society of high arts’. In photo gallery Noorderlicht, they create De Salon: an art inspired hang-out curated by musicians. Drinks, lunch, and diners will be served.

Curation by Meindert Talma, Happy Camper, MICH and Spinvis.

For more information on De Salon (and to make reservations), check out the Facebook event or


Multiple locations in the city center.
Wednesday to Friday, 20.00 – 02:00
Saturday, 12:30 – 17:00 (at Eurosonic Air stage)



Once again we present you Grunnsonic – the showcase event for music from Groningen. From rock, to pop, to dance, you will find it no short of quality in Groningen.

Visit for the most accurate line-up and timetable. 

Jagersonic - “Kalm An is Niks An”

Vera, Oosterstraat 44
Saturday, 13.00 - 21.00
Free access.

For the fourth time in a row, the Klazienaveen-born DJ De Rooie Jager host his own Jagersonic festival in Vera. Jagersonic presents an ecletic mix of quality music, characteristic for the DJ sets of De Rooie Jager himself. 

Programme: Di-rect (nl), Bonnie St. Clair (nl), Fleddy Melculy (be), Pee n Rinus (nl), Traumahelikopter (nl), Entrapment (nl), Henk Wijngaard (nl), De Kik (nl), Need (nl), The Jerry Hormone Ego Trip (nl), Danny Panadero (nl), Magic Dick Power (nl), Wesley Pol (nl), Sytse Sneekweek (nl), De Jonge Boschfazant (nl), Meindert Talma (nl), Dikke Dennis (nl), Goe Vur In De Otto (nl), Slowpoke (nl), Robert Stipje (nl), Tony Terrific (nl), Walter Roadburn (nl) and Johan’s Ballenbak (nl).

Platosonic / Coffee & Music

Plato, Oude Ebbingestraat 41 & Coffee Company, Oude Ebbingestraat 39
Thursday, 12:00 - 19:30
Friday & Saturday, 12:00 - 17:00
Free access.

Record store Plato and their neighbouring café Coffee Company will once again host Platosonic and Coffee & Music, official daytime in-store festivals. Their line-ups feature shows by Dutch but also European Eurosonic Noorderslag acts.

Visit our news page for an accurate lineup and or Plato’s Facebook for more information.

Poparchief Groningen

Het Poparchief, Cascadeplein 4
Wednesday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday, 10:00 – 16:00
Free access.

Pop-archive Groningen exists 10 years. Time for a good celebration! One way in which we celebrate is with a book about pop culture in Groningen “We Want More! – Popcultuur in Groningen”. Music journalist Peter van der Heide snoops through our collection and therewith through our pop-cultural history. In line with this book, the pop-archive presents an exposition which highlights parts of the book but also adds to it by putting extraordinary materials on display. Tours are given in Dutch, English and German and may include a secret scoop into the depots. For the true music lover, the archive has created a poster with all bands from Groningen, about 2.500.

ROC Roadtrip

De Spieghel, Peperstraat 11
Saturday, 15.00 - 18.00
Free access.

Six music programmes from all over the Netherlands have produced a tour together to showcase their musical talent on national podia. This ‘rising’ pop tour ROC Roadtrip presents a showcase three times a year in another city for the most talented bands. 

Subbacultcha X Wham!Wham! day party

Sign Galery, Winschoterkade 10
Saturday, 13:00 – 18:00
Free access.

Programme: Tommy Cash (ee), Man Duo (fi), Promise Keeper (gb), First Hate (dk), Sylvana Imam (se), Fickle Ghost (nl), Nouveau Velo (nl), ohslo (nl), Korfbal (nl).

Visit  for more information.


Thursday to Saturday, 14:00 – 20:00
Free access.

Summerlabb is the place where research institutes, polytechnic universities and sustainability companies come together to present sustainable innovations for future use at festivals. Here you can get inspired by innovative concepts involving energy, water, lighting, architecture and food. Summerlabb is connected to EPIC. 

For more information, please visit:

V2 Records + Radar Agency

De Gym, Oosterstraat 13a
Thursday, 15.30 - 19.00
Free access.

Kickstart your Eurosonic at the V2/Radar Showcase at De GYM. V2 Records is the home of many critically acclaimed artists and operates in Europe with focus on the alternative music scene. Radar Agency is a booking agency based in Amsterdam with a special sensitivity for thrilling, border crossing and heart touching music from all over the world. Together they will present a fresh line up with new and established artists. Limited guest list, so be there early.

More information:

Conference & Festival Pass

Appelsap Eurosonic

Paradigm, Helsinkistraat 6
Thursday, 21:00 - 04:00
Access with delegates or festival wristband.

2017 starts fresh. We’re happy to host a showcase and party during Eurosonic at Paradigm. We've carefully selected the most delicate and promising acts in Europe fitting the musical framework of Appelsap.

Visit our news page for an accurate lineup.

Buma ROCKS! Loud & Proud

Lola, Pelsterdwarsstraat 11
Friday, 17:00 - 20:00
Access for invitees and with delegate or festival wristband.

Wanna rock out at Eurosonic Noorderslag? Check out these Buma ROCKS! offerings! On Thursday 12 January we traditionally present the Heavy Panel entitled Booking Metal To The Masses. Drop by in the Oosterpoort basement for some words of wisdom and advice from these fine gentlemen: John Julio Sprich (de) of The Euroblast Collective, Jef Verheijen (be) of Rock The Fox agency and Wietze Halma (nl) of Loud Noise Productions. And have a drink afterwards! Friday the 13th will be the day when Death Alley, Paceshifters and Hibakusha take the stage at club LOLA. Last but not least at all: the Wheel Of Steel will be turning again as part of our Rock Quiz during Conference breaks. See you in Groningen!

Visit for programme and more info.

CTM Publishing showcase

Martini hotel, Gedempte Zuiderdiep 8
Friday, 16:30 - 18:30
Access for invitees and with delegate or festival wristband.


17:00 – 17:15 Kiol (it)
17:45 – 18:15 Call it Off (nl)

Visit CTM website for more information.


Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll Highschool

Lola, Pelsterdwarsstraat 11
Thursday, 01:00 - closing hours.
Access for invitees and with delegate or festival wristband.



Launch party of THE magazine about the Dutch music industry: Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll Highschool. The one party where you only need to be for five minutes, because it simply doesn’t take longer to pick up this 300 page magazine. For everyone interested to hang out longer, we do also have performances from the sensational Iguana Death Cult, DJ-collective Dave Grohl & The Topless DJs and special surprise act.

Facebook event of

Invite Only

Eurosonic Noorderslag meets 050

Vindicat, Grote Markt 27
Friday, 15:00 – 20:30
Invite only.

050 connects aims to introduce entrepreneurs from the Northern Netherlands to relevant topics discussed during the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference. Keynotes, panels and discussions held at the conference may lead to new insights and can connect both worlds (Music & Entertainment and MKB).

15:00 – 15:30 Welcome
15:30 – 17:30 “Creative Cities” programme
17:30 – 18:30 Network opportunity
18:30 – 19:30 Walking dinner 050
19:30 – 20:30 Welcome entrepreneurs and Joost van Keulen
20:30 – 20:45 Opening Eurosonic Air


News Cafe, Waagplein 5.
Friday, 01:00-04:00.
Invite only.

01:00 – 02:00 Captains at Sea (nl)
02:00 - 02:30 Radio Eliza (nl)
02:30 - 04:00 Captains at Sea (nl)

Visit for more information.

The Friendly Fire Bar

Vrijdag, Sint Jansstraat 7
Friday, 13.00 - 16.00
RSVP only. 

From Sløtface to Jett Rebel, from Indian Askin to Jacle Bow, and plenty more local and international acts that need to be seen and heard… They will all drop by in The Friendly Fire Bar on Friday the 13th.

Visit for more information.

The Friendly Fire Bar II

Vrijdag, Sint Jansstraat 7
Saturday, 13.00 - 17.00
RSVP only. 

You won’t just find the best Dutch acts at Noorderslag but also at The Friendly Fire Bar. Jett Rebel, Lucas Hamming, Avi on Fire, Pip Blom, Call It Off, Rilan & the Bombardiers, Suzan & Freek,  Pitou, LGHTNNG and others will show you exactly why they should be on your stage next year.

Friendly Fire Eurosonic Showcase + BBQ

Vrijdag, Sint Jansstraat 7
Friday, 17.00 - 20.00
Invite only.

In line with tradition, Friendly Fire once again hosts the yearly Winter BBQ at Eurosonic Noorderslag together with partners FKP Scorpio, Beatbox Entertainment, Arcadie Live and Fullsteam. Drinks, burgers & more, in The Friendly Fire Bar, the place to be on Friday.

Kraantje Pappie After

De Branderij, Poelestraat 55
Friday, 00:00 - closing hours
Invite only.

Programme: Ask about it!

Sony Unplugged Sessions

The Blokes, Poelestraat 33
Thursday, 17:00 - 20:00
Invite only.

This year, Sony Music Entertainment will present itself from its best side by hosting a night full of local as well as international (upcoming) talent in The Blokes. During this showcase night, several Sony artists, among which troubadour 2.0 Charl DeLamarre, neo-punk band Call it Off, the British sensation Tom Walker and Dutch superstar Jett Rebel will shine in an acoustic setting. A beautiful line-up of all that Sony has to offer at Eurosonic Noorderslag. Great music, food & drinks, and a good vibe. This party will give you the best start to your Eurosonic Thursday. 

Visit Sony Music for more information.

Topbillin’ Bash

News Cafe, Waagplein 5
Thursday, 01:15-04:00  
Invite only.

On Thursday January 12 Topbillin’ will host an official ‘invite only’ bash in News Café. As a part of the Eurosonic Noorderslag Extra programme, it promises to be an extraordinary night during which the music bizz gets together to party from Thursday into Friday. The line-up presents some new acts on the roster and some well-known acts, who will present some great mash-ups for this bash. Musically, this will be a night full of tropical urban, r&b and hiphop. 

01:15 – 02:15 Dirtcaps X Yung Felix
02:15 – 02:30 James Watss
02:30 – 03:15 The Partysquad + surprise guests
03:15 – 04:00 Fountain of Youth

Visit for more information. 

Warner Music Noorderslag Showcase

The Dog’s Bollocks
Saturday, 15:00 – 17:00
Invite only.

During the third edition of the Warner Music Noorderslag Showcase, Warner Music Benelux will present her newest artists. This year, we bring you four new acts. From The Netherlands we have Ruben Annink and Klangstof (nominated for an Edison) and Tom Frantzis and TheColorGrey join in from Belgium.

Visit for more information.