1 Out Of 15 Ain’t Bad

The press release announcing the latest update on the European Talent Exchange results congratulates the international media on its accuracy at predicting the outcome. 

Photo: John Davisson
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

Fifteen publications were each asked to choose the five acts that they thought would do best out of this year’s programme. Gaffa, the free-issue music mag distributed in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, was the only paper to mention multi-talented Kate Tempest, who’s currently top of the ETEP league with 11 shows. None of the papers mentioned Danish singer-songwriter MØ, who’s currently tied for second place on 10 shows with French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi.

Six papers tipped Ibeyi to do well. In fact Ibeyi, Bilderbuch, Die Nerven, Mapei, who all have six shows, and Kiasmos (five shows) were the acts most tipped by the media experts. The three acts doing best from this year’s ETEP are all female, although the UK and Ireland – which usually do very well out of the programme – have Jack Garratt (nine shows), Soak and Years & Years (both with eight shows) close behind.