All-inclusive city festival, Tallinn Music Week returns to the streets of Estonia’s capital this April with over 250 artists including Russian popstrel, Kate NV and homegrown export, Maria Minerva.

Beckoned into the festival calendar by the faint whiff of Spring in the air, Tallinn Music Week began life as a music industry conference way back in 2009. Since then, the festival has broadened its concept into a weeklong, interdisciplinary cultural coup. 2018 marks the festival’s 10th anniversary and finds old friends coming to celebrate from “self-made Balkan babe”, GNUČČI to avant-garde songwriter, Mart Avi. But there’s always room for new faces in the party mix so across the seas come Slavic gangsta-geisha artist, Kukla and riot grrrl glitter gang, The Magnettes.

It’s not all eclectic instrumentalism, mind. TMW also offers a two-day creative impact conference on new economy, civic initiative, and gender politics. The latter is fitting considering its role as one of the founding partners of Keychange; PRS Foundation's initiative encouraging festivals to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance.

Whilst some of the heavy-weight UK festivals might still be struggling to shift the stale, male headliners, Tallinn Music Week is proof that women artists are not just stepping up (cheers, Neil) but stepping out in full-force.

The 405 will be reporting back on some of the best live performances from this year’s Tallinn Music Week which takes place from 2-8th April.