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As the weather cools down, the winter festival scene hots up, hosting some of the world's best artists in idyllic locations around Europe.

Soak up Oslo's rich culture and nightlife whilst discovering the best Nordic talent at by:Larm or be the first to see all of the best emerging acts for the year ahead at Eurosonic Noorderslag. With so many year-round options now available, this winter is the perfect time to discover next year's music sensation.

Here are three of Europe's best winter music festivals:

By:Larm, Oslo, Norway

From March 4-7, the very best of Nordic music scene will gather in the heart of Oslo for Norway’s premiere music showcase festival by:Larm. From Swedish punk to Norwegian pop, from Icelandic electronica to Danish hip hop, by:Larm presents the highlights of the current Nordic music scene.

With a diverse live programme featuring more than 100 artists, by:Larm shines the spotlight on new talents as well as showcasing some of the regions must successful exports.

This year the highlights are set to include Sweden's Grammy award-winning Karin Park and electronic upstarts Gidge, Norway's Anna of the North, Finland’s Long-Sam and Denmark’s Communions. Taking over the Youngstoret area of Oslo, the gigs take place in some of the city's most unique locations.

by:Larm takes place from 4-7 March 2015 in Oslo, Norway. Prices start from £28 for a one-day pass to £84 for the full festival pass - bylarm.no

Eurosonic Noorderslag, Groningen, The Netherlands

There’s a reason festival bookers and promoters flock to this annual live music get together in the Netherlands. If you want to know which new acts will set the festival season alight in 2015 then Eurosonic Noorderslag (pictured) is the place to see them first.

A showcase of the very best emerging European music, this year’s edition will see acts including Beatrice Eli (se), Kate, Tempest (uk), Mina Tindle (fr), Ninos du Brasil (it), Oscar & The Wolf (be), Samaris (is), Spidergawd (no), The Mirconaught (de), Years & Years (uk) take to the stage. Taking place in the Dutch university town of Groningen, It’s all about musical discovery.

Eurosonic Noordeslag takes place from 14-17 January in Groningen, The Netherlands. For more info and tickets visit eurosonic-noorderslag.nl

Where’s The Music?, Norrköping, Sweden

Sweden is the world’s most successful exporter of chart music, in relation to GDP - from ABBA to Swedish House Mafia, Robyn and Icona Pop, via Roxette and The Cardigans there always seems to be at least one Swedish act at the top.

To showcase what Sweden is best known for - great music, Where’s the Music? is a new festival that aims to present new artists to the curious music lover and industry professional in the picturesque town of Norrköping.

Emerging swedish artists set to perform include; Silvana Imam and Yung Lean & Sad Boys – two of the best and most exciting Swedish hip-hop acts, the King of Dance, Style of Eye, and dance pop duo Sharks, with rock’n’roll courtesy of Heavy Tiger and electro pop singer songewriter Ninsun Poli.

Where’s The Music? takes place from 12-14 February in Norrköping, Sweden. For more info and tickets go to wheresthemusic.se 


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