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Breakthrough bands - 21/01/2011

The winners of the 2011 edition, along with Jools Holland and Katie Melua © EU

Some of Europe’s most promising bands get the recognition they deserve at the European Border Breaker Awards.

The European Border Breaker awards aim to showcase Europe’s musical diversity and celebrate solo or group acts that enjoy a fan base outside their home country.

Winners are selected on the basis of their sales and airplay figures at home and abroad, the strength of their live performances and their popularity at music festivals across Europe. This year, pop, rock and dance acts from Germany, Denmark, France, Norway, Romania, Austria, Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium all took home awards.

The British entry was eclectic Brit award nominees Mumford and Sons. With their original sound and compelling live shows, the band has garnered a growing following since forming in 2007.

Winners of the special public choice award, based on a poll of fans across Europe, were the Germany-based Baseballs, for their retro cover of the Snow Patrol anthem, ‘Chasing Cars’.

The ceremony, on 12 January, kicked off the biggest live music industry gathering of the year – the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival in Holland, hosted by popular musician and TV personality, Jools Holland.

Several of the winning acts performed live at the event. They were joined by Katie Melua – a former winner who is now an established artist. Many other household names – the Fratellis, Damien Rice and The Thrills – have also received Border Breaker awards.

The EU contributes funding to European Border Breaker Awards through its Culture Programme.

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