#uncon16 pics

Jan 18 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | No Comments

Thanks everyone for another great Un-Convention!

The pics by Maarten de Vries:

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Introducing the YouCube: a spot new for new talent

Jan 13 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | No Comments

This year Un-Convention invented the YouCube; a cube where new and upcoming bands are
presented by an ‘offline profile’. On each side of the cube one band will show their biography,
press photo and two or three songs which you can listen to on the attached MP3-player.

Two sides of the cube will represent the new scouted talents by Freesonica. You can listen to two of their fresh-recorded songs and check the bands live at the Eurosonic Showcase on Friday 14th. (@ Images )

Freesonica (collaborating with PopFabryk Friesland) is a band coaching project that scouts two or three bands a year to support them with management trainings, booking shows and presenting themselves to the music-industry.

If you want to be one of the first to experience the future of music, feel free to put on some
headphones at the YouCube!

For more information about Freesonica, click here.

Job de Wit & Andre Maat

Jan 11 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | 2 Comments

Sadly Wouter Stoter and Victor Ponten had to cancel for our Video Killed The Radio Star panel.

We found great replacement though: Job de Wit and Andre Maat.

André Maat (www.andremaat.com) was born in Germany and graduated at the Art School in Berlin before moving to Amsterdam.
He is working as director for music videos and TV commercials since 2001 and has made promos for bands such as De Staat and Coparck and Erick-E. His most famous work
probably is the flipbook video for ‘Squeeze me’ by Kraak&Smaak. His work has a conceptual background and a playful human touch. When combining different techniques and animations he often works with co-director Superelectric.

Job de Wit is a music journalist, DJ and blogger. He has written for national publications such as Nieuwe Revu, Dagblad de Pers, VPRO Gids, OOR and Blend. He compiles weekly playlists for 22tracks.com and blogs about music videos on jobdewit.nl. With residencies in Melkweg and Club Up, Amsterdam party people have been known to get down to his cutting-edge disco selection.

Un-Convention Groningen on Facebook

Jan 10 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | 1 Comment

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Almost ready to go

Jan 08 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | 1 Comment

Mugs arrived!

Programme arrived!

One more cancellation though. Mark from Habek will not be able to make it.

Un-Convention releases vinyl

Jan 04 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | No Comments

Un-Convention Groningen releases A Soundtrack to Un-Convention Groningen 2011. A 12″ with all of the artists that play at Un-Convention Groningen and three from other Un-Conventions. Registered visitors of Un-Convention get this vinyl for free. Others can get it at a pay-what-you-want fee.

You can listen all of the songs on the 3voor12 Luisterpaal.


Un-Convention Groningen
01. Young Fathers – Straight Back on it
02 Gablé – buNCH
03 Luik – were both extermined
04 Eklin – De Woe
05 Flux – Breker
06 Oh Ruin – Ringsend

Un-Convention Medellín, Colombia
07 Frente Cumbiero – La Bocachico

Un-Convention Goiânia, Brazilie
08 Hellbenders – No Thinking

Un-Convention Salford, England
09 Denis Jones – Beginning

Cancellation Martin Atkins

Jan 04 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | No Comments

Unfortunately we just heard Martin Atkins  is unable to make it to Un-Convention Groningen. We are sorry for everyone who registered for his workshop and people who couldn’t wait to see him in the panel. We are working on other (digital) ways to let Martin be part of the conference.


Dec 22 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | No Comments


Christmaspresent from Un-Convention. The first ten people who register for Un-Convention with promocode ‘christmas’ will pay only 20 euros! Get you registration here.

New panelists confirmed

Dec 18 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | No Comments

Fiona Daniel and Peter Parker will be in the panel ‘Sounds Like Manchester’ Thursday January 13th. Biogs:

Peter Parker
After coming third in the 1997 UK DMC DJ championships Dan Baxter aka Peter Parker was drafted to play in the Rae & Christian live band by Mark Rae where he met Sneaky, a double bass player, and the pair formed a special bond whilst touring the world with the Grand Central label owners. Only to become Fingathing, a live turntable and bass outfit that, along with Chris Drury (Graphic Designer and silent third member) rose to notoriety on the underground music scene. “The Main Event” was released in 2000 to high critical acclaim, and then in 2002 “Superhero Music” saw them reach new heights as DJ Shadow himself asked them to support him on his second LP UK tour. After consistent worldwide live shows 2004 saw the release of “Fingathing and the Big Red Nebula Band”, an electro-clash breakthrough LP produced with James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco) which again broke more barriers for the group. Now with Sneaky living in Berlin, the pair have just completed their fouth LP. Set for release in 2011 and currently titled “Undead”, the duo will be back to raise audio/visual hell once again.



Fiona Daniel

I am an experienced contemporary drummer and DJ who has played with
many signed acts, toured the world, recorded on several albums and played
live sessions at legendary studios like Maida Vale. I have played with UK
acts, The Whip, Filthy Dukes, Performance, Dead Disco (now known as Little
Boots) and The Noisettes along with number one selling international act
Robyn. I DJ independently and with the band and have played DJ sets in UK,
Germany, Spain, Austria, Japan and USA.

The 2009 and 2010 gig highlights – Glastonbury festival (the other stage),
opening of FAC51 in Manchester , Dubai Sound City, Snowbombing,
Beatherder festival, Poland Free Form Festival plus many other festivals and
The Warehouse Project in Manchester, NYE at Matter to name but a few
shows. We also supported The Courteeners on their sell out tour of the UK.
The Whip have also toured America, Japan and Europe. Another highlight of
2009 was appearing as guest drummer alongside Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura)
and Steve Slingeneyer (Soulwax) as part of the finale for Soulwaxmas, which
also featured the other members of Soulwax and Mixhell.

I have also played TV gigs, such as GMTV (ITV) and Sound (BBC 2) with
Robyn and The Whip. I also appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show (USA)
performing with The Whip as part of our USA tour.

Currently signed with The Whip (with worldwide record deals), 2011 will see
the release of The Whips second album and more touring all over the world.
I have been featured with the band in various numerous newspapers,
magazines and online internationally. I have also been featured in the Bizarre
section of The Sun, Heat Magazine, front cover of Sandman Magazine and
completed the 60 second interview in the London Lite.

I have also sat on music industry panels for the BBC, Unconvention and
Women in Music.


Workshops for Un-Convention visitors!

Dec 13 | Posted by nienkemaat under News | No Comments

By Martin Atkins

Friday January 14th 11:30 – 12:30
“You should fail because your band is shit or because you don’t have the balls. You shouldn’t fail because of a lack of some basic advice and a bit of planning.”
Martin Atkins comes to the rescue and is here to rock your boat.

What’s Your Story
By Saskia Troccoli & Rutger Middendorp

Friday January 14th 11:30 – 12:30

Every artist has a story that makes him/her interesting and unique. But not many use this story consciously for their branding, interviews, songs, concepting etc. Through different examples Rutger Middendorp and Saskia Troccoli will show how you can use a story and which benefits you can achieve from this.

Send and e-mail to info[@]unconventiongroningen.com if you want to participate.
Limited amount of places, so be in time!*

*EuroSonic/Noorderslag delegates are very welcome, but Un-Convention visitors receive priority access to this workshop.

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