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Press release

Brussels/Groningen, 15 January 2014

European Border Breakers Awards: Kodaline wins public choice award

The winners of the 2014 European Border Breakers Awards ('the EBBA Awards'), highlighting the best new music acts in Europe which have achieved cross-border chart success, were honoured this evening at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen (Netherlands). The biggest winner of the night was Kodaline who scooped the public choice award, announced during the ceremony following an online vote to select the 'best of the best'. The Irish group, who performed live at the show, are currently on a world tour which takes in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia in the next few months following the success of their debut album, In A Perfect World.

The EBBAs award show also featured performances by some of the other 2014 winners (see also IP/13/931): GuGabriel (Austria), Lukas Graham (Denmark), Asgeir (Iceland), Jacco Gardner (Netherlands) and Nico & Vinz (Norway). Zedd (Germany), Icona Pop (Sweden) and Disclosure (UK) sent video messages. Former EBBA Award winner Caro Emerald (Netherlands) and Norwegian singer Maria Mena also performed at the show.

Hosted by the British TV host and musician Jools Holland, the event was broadcast live via YouTube and will be screened on TV throughout Europe in the coming months.

Now in their eleventh year, the EBBA Awards aim to encourage artists to make the most of the Single Market by reaching audiences beyond their home country. At the same time the awards highlight and promote the creativity and diversity of European music and its role in bringing people together and breaking down barriers. The awards are organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union and European radio stations. The awards received co-funding totalling €360 000 from the European Union's Culture Programme (now part of Creative Europe). This covers half the cost of the ceremony, the selection procedure and promotion. The winning artists receive a trophy.

More information

Website of the prize:

Press section of the EBBA Website

European Commission: Culture Programme

Androulla Vassiliou's website

Follow Androulla Vassiliou on Twitter @VassiliouEU

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 48 95 92 58); Twitter: @DennisAbbott

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)

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