Next week The 405 will be travelling to Groningen for the 33rd Eurosonic Noorderslag, the biggest European showcase festival and music conference. With about 300 acts playing 40 different venus across the Dutch city, it's easy to get too overwhelmed and lose track of what to see; fear not, we're here to bring you a few suggestions that will hopefully help you craft your own personal line-up.

Our first batch of suggested acts is inspired by the growing gender parity that has (fortunately) been progressively taking over music events and festivals: the Female Focus list assembles some of our favourite Sisterhood-Is-Powerful acts playing Eurosonic, so be sure to check them out even if you're not Netherlands-bound this winter.

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Vulpynes (Ireland) - Huize Maas Front, Wed Jan 16th at 23h/Lola, Thu Jan 17th at 22h45

If you're a fan of badass duos like Deap Vally, you're going to fall hard for Vulpynes. After releasing their self-titled EP in the UK the Irish two-piece is now getting ready to take the world by storm with their own particular mix of Black Sabbath and Fanny. Maeve and Kaz play it loud and proud, and are set to become one of the most exciting new heavy acts around.

Any Other (Italy) - Vera, Thu Jan 17th at 20h45

You've probably already noticed we're big fans of Italian singer-songwriter Adele Nigro a.k.a. Any Other. After a very successful first UK headline tour, the 24-year old will be taking her most recent album Two, Geography to Groningen in what is shaping up to be one of Italy's greatest exports since pasta. An unmissable show.

Gurr (Germany) - Vera, Fri Jan 18h at 22h15

Hailing from Berlin are Gurr, a duo making exciting garage pop whose already-impressive curriculum include an IMPALA European Album of the Year Award for their 2018 release In My Head plus supporting Arcade Fire on tour. With a sophomore LP in the works, Andreya Casablanca and Laura Lee are ready to take the world by storm with their infectious, neo-riotgrrrl sounds.

Juniore (France) - Huize Maas Main, Thu Jan 17th at 20h45

One of our favourite new French acts around, Juniore is a Paris-based trio whose recent 10'' Magnifique represented a turning point in their career and saw them selling out shows all over Europe (and conquering the US). An uncanny marriage between Françoise Hardy and 60s surf, they promise to take the rest of the world by storm with their bewitching vocals and hypnotising synths.

Pillow Queens (Ireland) - Minerva, Fri Jan 18th at 00h20

Drinking from the same water as The Breeders, L7, or Veruca Salt, Dublin-based quartet Pillow Queens make addictive DIY indie punk that smells like Seattle's 90s (even though their accent hopelessly denounces them). Their second EP State of the State came out last April and features four addictive tracks that only make us more impatient for a proper full-length.

Pip Blom (Netherlands) - Kokomo, Thu Jan 17th at 00h10

Ever since the release of her debut EP Are We There Yet in 2016 we've been closely (and excitedly) following Pip Blom. Last October the 22-year old Dutch singer-songwriter has put out a brand new four-track called Paycheck which only solidified her place in the new indie-pop landscape. Even though a proper LP is desperately needed, we know she'll be teasing us with her earwormish tunes until she's ready to blow our minds with a full-length.

Kaelan Mikla (Iceland) - Der AA Theater, Thu Jan 17th at 23h

Their third album arrived as a confirmation: Nótt eftir nótt, released last November, showcases Kaelan Mikla's post-punk maturity and arrives after a year during which they shared the stage with the heavyweight likes of Placebo and The Cure. In spite of their young age, the Icelandic trio knows exactly what they're doing; their intense synth-fueled darkwave sounds will transport you to another time and place, and you'll find yourself being lured into their soundtrap.

Eurosonic Noorderslag 2019 takes place in Groningen on January 16th-19th. For full line-up and ticket info head over to their website.