Come mid-January, the entirety of the European (and much of the worldwide) music industry will relocate to one of the unlikeliest of hotspots: the Dutch city of Groningen. The Northern hotspot will once again host the year’s first big industry event, Eurosonic Noorderslag. The showcase festival presents industry executives, bookers, managers, the press and some 35,000 visitors with the best new music that Europe has to offer. Previous editions have lit the flame for the likes of Dua Lipa, Sigrid, Nothing But Thieves, Franz Ferdinand, Sports Team and Enter Shikari, with this decade’s first edition offering a line-up filled with some of the most intriguing, hotly anticipated future prospects around right now. We’ve scoured the finest musical experiences which Groningen has to offer between 15 and 18 January, and for the first part of our Eurosonic Noorderslag preview we’ve picked eight things you can’t miss.

THUMPER

For fans of: The Strokes, Otherkin, a good fucking anthem

QUEEN’S PLEASURE

For fans of: Blur, Ramones, post-punk

SINEAD O’BRIEN

For fans of: PJ Harvey, Goat Girl, intense and gripping poetry

ALTIN GÜN

For fans of: Turkish standards, psychedelic rock, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s microtonal music

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD

For fans of: Pavement, black midi, long-winded drives through the countryside at night

BOKASSA

For fans of: Sleep, Metallica, a thunderous riff

PERSONAL TRAINER

For fans of: Pip Blom, Iguana Death Cult, Dutch indie

CELESTE

For fans of: Adele, Amy Winehouse, intimacy