Calvi Takes Early ETEP Lead

Having her debut album as the subject of good reviews at the time of her Eurosonic-Noorderslag performance in The Netherlands mid-January may have helped Anna Calvi take an early lead in this year’s European Talent Exchange Programme.

Her European profile wasn’t harmed by the record reaching No. 40 in the UK, No. 17 in France, 33 in Austria, 40 in Switzerland, 55 in Sweden and 70 in Germany and so far she’s been confirmed for eight of this summer’s European festivals.

They include some of the continent’s best-known events such as Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, Spain’s Benicassim, and Ruisrock in Finland.

The album’s highest chart position was in France, where Les Printemps De Bourges and Les Eurockeenes De Belfort have also confirmed shows.

White Lies, which did best out of last year’s ETEP with a record-breaking 15 festival slots, is in second place with five shows.

The act returned this year to show its appreciation for the support it got in 2010, and also to mark the Dutch release of its second album.

It’s also resulted in more shows at Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Melt Festivals, Sweden’s Hultsfred and The Netherlands’ Pinkpop.

Spain’s Crystal Fighters, which attracted a lot of favourable comment during Eurosonic, is in third place with four shows. The act will also play Melt, along with Norway’s Oya Festival, Austria’s Frequency and Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz.

Four acts have three shows each, eight have two shows each, and a further 31 acts have one confirmed show each.

So far, 46 acts from 14 countries have been booked for a total of 76 shows.

A month ago Eurosonic Noorderslag was awarded a $3 million grant to develop ETEP, which will partly be spent on setting up a Central European Talent Exchange Program (CETEP) likely to be funded by Hungary’s Sziget Festival and Serbia’s Exit Festival.

The grant money comes from the European Union and is to fund ETEP’s growth for the next five years.