Meet the rising stars who you can expect to see playing festivals next summer.
Since its inception in 2003, the European Talent Exchange Programme has produced some of the most notable names in the industry today. From Stormzy to Dua Lipa, The Kooks to Calvin Harris, it’s safe to say the initiative has been a great sucess. As part of the annual Dutch festival and conference, Eurosonic Noorderslag, ETEP facilitates the bookings of European acts on festivals outside of their home countries, generating extensive media exposure for these musicians.
Although many acts didn’t get to perform due to issues regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, next year’s set of festivals are bound to propel these talented newcomers into stardom. From Welsh pop-bands to folk-inspired sounds, Wonderland is excited to introduce you to the next generation of musical talent.
Think of smooth pop music, happiness, and (over)-excited yelling, and you have Blanks. The Dutch musician commenced his career on YouTube at the age of 15, and has since gone on to amass over 1 million followers. In August, he dropped a series of hits, including “Cheap Sodas” and “Ice Cream Kisses.”
Muses, lovers and band members, Danique and Bart make up the creative duo Donna Blue. The Netherlands-born indie-pop band take on a myriad of influences; from sixties yé yé to French chansons, via David Lynch movies and old Hollywood romance, Donna Blue’s sound is one you can effortlessly slow dance to.
A peculiar incarnation of folk and pop, Alice Edelweiss’ music is accompanied by a deeply personal and open-hearted language. The Austrian-singer’s sounds lie between an intersection of freak-folk, anti-folk, and chamber pop. Her debut album, “When I’m Enlightened, Everything Will Be Better,” came out in September 2019.
My Ugly Clementine
Hailing from Vienna, this supergroup is serious about one thing: having fun. Dropping their debut album in Spring 2020, entitled “Vitamin C,” My Ugly Clementine’s sound is as playfully distinctive as it is joyful. The group’s sophomore album, “Peeled,” was released in June.
From her first kiss to the separation of her parents, Oska’s music centers on all the trials and tribulations one may face as a young girl. The message the Vienna-based singer wants to communicate in her work is to create safe spaces in people’s bedrooms, hearts and ears, to console them through their pain, and share what it’s like to just be human.