Hinds, the fierce, Madrid, four piece garage band were one of ten recipients of the European Borders Breakers awards (EBBA) at the opening night of this year’s Euro sonic festival in Groningen.

The award which is given to “emerging artists or bands who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year”, was also awarded to: Alan Walker, Dua Lipa, Era Istrefi, Filous, Jaako Eino, Kalevi Jain, Namika, Nataile La Rose and Walking on Cards.

The EBBA awards make up the first night of the Eurosonic festival, an annual four day event in the Northen Dutch city of Groningen, supported by the European Union to showcase emerging musical talent across the continent.

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The awards were first hosted in 1986 and only featured Dutch and Belgium bands, a tradition which still exists on the last day of the awards (Saturday) only featuring performances from acts from the aforementioned countries.

This year was the biggest turnout for the awards, with over 350 showcases and more than 4,000 delegates attending the day time conference sessions. The awards for the first time were also hosted in a tent, in an attempt to mimic the feel of a festival.

Hinds, who have been touring their debut album ‘Leave Me Alone ‘ released a year ago and have played over 300 gigs in support, attended the awards and posted messages and photos on their Instagram saying: ‘THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS AWARD!’

The European Festival awards also took place on Monday, with Sziget festival in Hungary being honoured twice as it won an award for favourite festival voted by artists. Also presented to the festival, was a posthumous lifetime achievement award to Dan Panaitescu, who was a booker for the festival.

Primavera Sound (Barcelona) also won Best Line-Up for 2016 and Spain’s Mad Cool Festival in Madrid won Best New Festival.

Be sure to catch the last day of the awards today and tomorrow at  https://www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl/en/

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