PRESS RELEASE: Belgium’s Victoria + Jean Crowned Winner of Indie Week Europe 2015

Victoria + Jean Crowned Winner of Indie Week Europe 2015



(June 2, 2015 – MANCHESTER) Indie Week launched its Europe edition of the music festival last week in Manchester, a city rich in music history and independent spirit. After five days of showcasing top indie musicians, Indie Week Europe wrapped up its run at the Ruby Lounge, Sunday night, with incredible performances from the top six bands. Swedish duo  Victoria + Jean came out victorious, winning the grand prize of a trip to Toronto to headline Indie Week Canada 2015, October 14-18, in Toronto.

“All the bands I saw during the finals were great, but Victoria + Jean showed confidence mixed with a certain rock ‘n’ roll swagger that grabbed the audience’s attention as well as the judges.” Says Indie Week Founder and Managing Director, Darryl Hurs. “Throughout the festival there was a buzz around this band and I am looking forward to bringing them to Canada!”

The jurors; Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Chris Birkett(Sinead O’Connor, Def Leppard, Steve Earle), Stefanie Purifcati (The Agency Group) and John Robb (Louderthanwar, Goldblade, The Membranes) were blown away by the level of talent the top six bands brought to the competitions.

Taking second place at Finals was Sassy Kraimspri from Norway. Third place was a tie between UK natives Age of Glass and Joni Fuller.

Indie Week Europe took place May 27-31 at 10 venues around the north quarter. Indie Week Europe, inspired by Manchester’s pioneering atmosphere (where The Smiths, Oasis, The Inspiral Carpets, The Charlatans,  Joy Division and Factory Records all came to be) fostered new talent with industry panels presented by Indie101 at SSR Manchester featuring a keynote speech from Mike Joyce of The Smiths, master classes with Sinead O”Connor producer, Chris Birkett and various panels by music  industry insiders.

Indie Week is an independent music festival founded in Toronto in 2003. After 6 years of great success in Ireland, Indie Week Europe will now see an expansion in 2015 with Manchester, UK as its new host city. Indie Week Europe is a one of a kind experience. Emerging artists perform in front of the music industry elite for a chance to win the “Best of the Fest”, and the grand prize of a trip to Toronto to headline Indie Week Canada 2015. Indie Week Europe also hosts a conference called Indie101, featuring panels in social media, tech, music and more, plus industry mixers, after show parties and demo listening sessions.


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*Correction* In a previous version of this release, City of Lights was erroneously named a third place winner at the Finals instead of The Age of Glass.