The public vote  deciding UPBEAT’s Best New Talent awardee picked French-Congolese Fanie Fayar by a large margin. Her heritage-honed mezzosoprano and versatile groove stood out from among UPBEAT’s 10 contestants; original upcoming artists of Europe. She wins a gig at A to JazZ Festival in Sofia, a video shot by the Blogotheque team in Paris, […]

Ritmo x UPBEAT

Closing its gates after a 3-day musical journey of buoyant highs and bassy lows, the 2024 edition of Budapest Ritmo still resonates. The highest conference attendance and most psychedelic showcases mark the festival’s evolution, and make way for next year’s surprises. Ritmo was also a great occassion for the UPBEAT community to gather, discuss platform […]

Ritmo about to kick off

UPBEAT member and home to top-notch networking events, Budapest Ritmo is about to begin in the lovely Hungarian capital. This year takes Connection as its leading theme, taking networking and professional events to the next level. Boasting headliners like Salif Keita, Gaye Su Akyol, Gérard Toto and BCUC, it offers plenty of exciting bands to […]

New members & partners welcome! 

We are thrilled to welcome 2 new UPBEAT members and 2 associate partners to the platform, totalling 21 festivals across Europe bent on promoting diversity, sustainability and new talent. MENT, hip Ljubljana hub of the industry, joined the ranks, in its 10th anniversary year, as one of the largest showcase and conference events in the […]

MENTing in Ljubljana

We are just back from MENT, industry hotspot in lovely Ljubljana, where we could meet and share ideas with many professionals from all over Europe. The 10-year-anniversary edition of MENT pampered us with great showcase bands, excellent venues and exciting talks scattered across the city. UPBEAT’s project lead, Veronika Vajda shared her impressions from the […]

Best New Talent Award voting is live!

Who will win the Best New Talent Award of 2024? Check the nominees and vote for your favourite from among 10 preselected artists representing the fresh originality and cultural diversity of the European music scene! Estonian electronica, French-Congolese grooves, Polish folk punk and Belgian-based North-African jazz  – a taste of contestants’ originality, and a fraction […]

UPBEAT celebrates @PIN

Celebration time has already started for UPBEAT in the first days of December:  we visited the network’s Macedonian partner festival, PIN Showcase & Conference where we finally handed over the award to this year’s Best New Talent, Zarina Prvasevda! Crowning the evening, Zarina stepped on the stage too to spark her unique voice accompanied by […]

UPBEAT glitters at WOMEX

All that glitters was UPBEAT at one of the industry’s biggest global get-togethers, WOMEX. Member of our platform, the worldwide music expo attracts the cream of world music professionals, an unmatched event for matchmaking.  The Galician coastal city of A Coruña hosted close to 3000 delegates and 300 organizations busy playing, experiencing, adoring, dancing to, […]


The UPBEAT Team of Hangvető can’t wait to mingle at the industry’s annual gettogether, WOMEX in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain next week. Many exciting events ahead where the platform will be represented in front of the professional crowd, so if you are around, don’t miss your chance to get involved! UPBEAT Night We are proud […]

Future-proof heritage: IMATERIAL wins UPBEAT Future Festival Award

IMATERIAL of Évora, Portugal won European showcase platform UPBEAT’s Future Festival Award. Handed over at the sector’s global meetup WOMEX on 27 October 2023, the award grants further professional opportunities and the perks of UPBEAT’s associated partner status.  8 contestants vied for the award, selected by UPBEAT’s expert jury, with an eye to sustainable criteria: […]