James Bay led a crowd singalong of his hit ‘Hold Back The River’ as he joined Kate Tempest on the bill of the third and final day of the Eurosonic festival in Groningen, the Netherlands (January 16).
Coming a day after he collected the Critics’ Choice awards at the Brit Awards launch party, 24-year-old singer-songwriter Bay (pictured right) was playing to a capacity crowd at large temporary venue Cathedral. Before leaving the stage he thanked the lively Dutch crowd, saying: “For my first time here, it’s been a big one.”
Eurosonic is Europe’s largest showcase festival and is attended by a wide-range of industry professionals, including bookers for the major summer festivals. Many of 2015’s hotly-tipped bands performed in venues across the city yesterday, including London-based poet and rapper Kate Tempest (pictured above), Transgressive-signed five-piece Gengahr and Russian-born bedroom producer Shura.
One of the day’s most talked-about performances came from Bad Breeding. The Stevenage punk band tore through a 45-minute set at De Spieghel that including an incendiary version of ‘Burn This Flag’.
The festival continued late into the night, with performances from the likes of Dolomite Minor and Rae Morris.
The first night of the festival (January 14) had seen a performance from Catfish & The Bottlemen alongside the European Festival Awards while the second day featured Twin Atlantic, Years & Years, Hinds and Happiness. Events in Groningen continue today (January 17) with the Noorderslag festival.