2012 has been a breakthrough for Ewert and the Two Dragons: 110 concerts outside Estonia and recording contracts with reputable music companies such as Warner Bros Records, BMG Rights Management and Pitch & Smith agency. The band’s album "Good Man Down" (released in April 2011) has become one of the best-selling albums by Estonian artists in the world during the past years, and the Dragons have been nominated as “the newcomer of the year” at Europe’s Festival Awards gala.
The EBBA Awards are handed out by the European Commission at the European Border Breakers Award’s 10th anniversary gala in Groningen to artists, who have proven to be successful in crossing borders with their first international release in Europe. The award gala will be hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at a televised ceremony, recorded and broadcast by Dutch National Television (NTR) and will also receive coverage through TV channels and radio stations across Europe. Estonian Public Broadcasting (ETV) will air the show on February 9, right after the evening news. Previous EBBA winners include Adele, Tokio Hotel, Lykke Li, Damien Rice, Katie Melua, Mumford and Sons, and Estonian singer-songwriter Kerli in 2010.
Iiris and Talbot will be performing at Eurosonic festival’s main programme. After a remarkable performance at 2010 Tallinn Music Week, Iiris released her debut album under EMI Finland in March 2012 and has by now performed at numerous venues and festivals in Finland and Europe. Talbot was nominated “Metal Artist of the Year” at Estonian Music Awards in 2010. The band released EP “Tundra” (2008) and album “EOS” (2010), and has been touring around across Europe, Japan, Australia, Russia and the Balkans.
Both Iiris and Ewert and the Two Dragons will also perform at MTV’s “Most Wanted” TV legend Ray Cokes Revue’s special programme, among artists hand picked from the Eurosonic programme for this special show.
All three Estonian artists at this year’s Eurosonic have received the Tallinn Music Week “Skype’s Go Change the World Award”: Iiris (2010), Ewert and the Two Dragons (2011) and Talbot (2012).
As of this year, Tallinn Music Week festival is a member or European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) – an initiative that stimulates the circulation of European artists at festivals, radio and media across Europe.
To celebrate it all, Tallinn Music Week will be hosting an Estonian Party at the Eurosonic festival in Groningen on January 11, together with the Embassy of Estonia in Netherlands, Raadio2 and international friends Positivus festival and The NMO (The New Music Office).
Tallinn Music Week in collaboration with Positivus festival and the NMO present:
MEET ESTONIA party at Eurosonic
Friday, 11th January, 17:30-18:30 at Café Peter Pan: http://cafepeterpan.nl/ (5 min. walk from de Oosterport, Voor ‘t Voormalig klein Poortje 10-11, Groningen)
Let us know if you are interested to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 27th Eurosonic Noorderslag is taking place from January 9-11 in multiple venues in Groningen. For artists performing at Eurosonic, the festival is foremost important for concert deal bookings – every year the festival gathers international festival and concert organisers, looking for new talent for the upcoming season and summer festivals.
Tallinn Music Week www.tmw.ee
Eurosonic Noorderslag www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl