18. September 2018

With your Waves Vienna Festival wristband you get lots of specials and discounts at shops and restaurants around the Festival Centre WUK. Plese note, that these special offers are only available from 27.-29.SEP.2018 and are not valid for Day Passes.

Währinger Str. 47 Thu-Sat 11-22h
In an unprecedented pioneering achievement, the Schillingers gradually replace the traditionally meat-loving viennese cuisine with their vegan versions. Burger, sweet potato fries with a basil-lemon dip – and 10% off with your Waves bracelet.

Währinger Str. 66
Thu+Fri 8-18h, Sat 8-17h
Anyone who partied with us 2016 will probably have a déjà-vu feeling: Kafa has just moved into the then-Waves warm-up lounge and provides us with delicious coffee for tired dance feet. 10% off everything with your Waves wristband.

Währinger Str. 59
Thu 11-2h, Fri 11-4h, Sat 17-4h
Legendary Statt-Beisl at WUK will supply us with his delicous sandwiches (pulled brisket & mozarella), Viennese Craft Beer Domrep Pils and most important: a cake and coffee deal for € 3,80! Show your wristband to get special discounts!

Währinger Str. 66 Thu-Sat 11-24h
Apart from the quality of the ingredients fresh preparation and exclusive service, the variety of the dishes is another great reason to enjoy Italian cuisine at Restaurante Francesco. Exclusively for you, the chef himself created a veggie “Waves pasta” and you can get the Pizza Francesco for € 9,50 instead of € 12,50.

Währinger Str. 68, Thu-Sat 8-21h
Coffee, pastries, after-parties: for over a century Café Weimar has been very popular in Vienna. A historic authentic viennese café with lots of character, and the legendary nightclub Palme in the basement. With each piece of cake you get a free coffee!

Währinger Str. 65, Thu-Sat 10-19:30h
The family-run business has been feeding us with high quality sweets from around the world for more than 100 years. With your festival wristband you get 10% discount on 110 varieties of liquorice.


17. September 2018

We have a tiny suprise for you: With Josh. (AT) and Sage (FR) we are able to add another tow great acts to our line-up. Also we are super happy to present our DJ-Line-up for the aftershow parties at Palme, starting everyday at midnight:

Thursday, 27.09.2018 @ Palme
Disco Nostra (AT)

Friday, 28.09.2018 @ Palme
FM4  Night with Dalia Ahmed (AT) and Sebastian Schlachter (AT)

Saturday, 29.09.2018 @ Palme
Leitstrahl DJ Set (AT)
Mister Teaser (PT)


17. September 2018

At the temporary APED Showroom at WUK you have the chance to get your personal festival shirt or a stylish shopperbag printed during Waves. If you want you can of course do the screen printing of your unique shirt or bag on your own. Pass by in ‚Projektraum’ and have an eye on our festival crew – we all are wearing shirts from the Viennese familiy business APED.




7. September 2018

Nominees include Pressyes, Dives, Viech and Kids N Cats – jury evaluation and award ceremony at the Waves Vienna Music Festival. Last year’s winner Cari Cari about her career development since winning the award in 2017. 

“For us the award has come at exactly the right time and is a giant step in our so far very successful internationalisation”, report last year’s winners Stephanie Widmer and Alexander Köck. Together they form the band Cari Cari, which captivated music fans last year with their combination of Digeridoo, Jew’s Harp and unique sound. “The XA is particularly distinguished by the fact that it starts exactly where musicians need it. Not only their appearances at important showcase festivals like Eurosonic Noorderslag, The Great Escape or Primavera Sound in Barcelona testify to the lasting effect of the award. “Also in Austria our perception by fans, critics and media has improved a lot”, the two musicians explain.

For the second consecutive year the music export prize “XA” will be awarded within the Waves Vienna Music Festival. The award is an initiative of mica – music austria, Austrian Music Export, SKE, FM4 and Waves Vienna. Nine nominees have the chance to win the award and will be judged during their performance at the festival. The winner will receive prize money of 3,500 euros and the assurance of Austrian Music Export, FM4 and Waves Vienna to support the Act in the following year – among other things by integrating it into partner festivals and showcases.

Nine nominees and nine jury members at Waves Vienna 2018

Nine artists were nominated for this year’s award from the 30 Austrian bands performing at the Waves Festival: the garage punks Dives, singer and producer Pressyes, the electro-pop band Kids N Cats, the Viennese indie formation Mickey, the Upper Austrian indie band Like Elephants, the Styrian band project Viech, the Salzburg boys from Please Madame, the Viennese duo Dramas and the Viennese Thirsty Eyes.

During the three festival days, the performances of the nominated bands will be judged by a jury of experts. The jury is formed by six international jury members: Akos Remetei (Sziget Festival), Jan Clausen (Factory 92), Karla König (c/o pop), Mariusz Herma (beehype), Luis Soares (Rock in Rio), Dan Koplowitz (Friendly Fire Licensing) as well as the local journalists and organizers Susi Ondrusova (FM4), Amira Ben Saoud (The Gap) and Andrina Dolinsek (Acoustic Lakeside). After all the votes have been cast, the prize will be presented to the winning band on the last day of the festival, Saturday, 29 September, at 11 pm at WUK


5. September 2018

Compatibility of Music and Family Life, Sync Rights and Importance of Music Blogs as topics of the Waves Vienna Music Conference – Focus Countries 2018: Portugal and Slovakia

In September 2018 the Waves Vienna Music Conference, organized by Waves Vienna and Austrian Music Export, will take place for the eighth time. Hundreds of national and international music experts, organizers, label owners, bookers, and musicians will meet during the day for discussion and networking at Vienna’s WUK. In the evening they will have the chance to see performances of around 100 new upcoming bands at the public music festival.

First topics: Music career and family, monetising sync rights and music blogs

The conference programme will address current issues in the music industry: How do artists place their music in film, television and video games and what best practices from the field of sync rights exist? How is a career as a musician or a job in the live music industry compatible with family? What social responsibility does the industry itself bear and to what extent does this influence a decision between career and family? How important are music blogs for young music careers, does radio still play a role and if so which? These and other questions will be answered by international representatives of the music industry in panels, workshops, networking sessions and speed meetings from 27 to 29 September. A panel will use the Austrian band Cari Cari as an example to examine the effects of the music export XA Award, which will be presented for the second time this year as part of Waves Vienna.

Portugal and Slovakia as focus countries in 2018

True to the motto “East meets West”, the focus this year is once again on two partner countries: Portugal and Slovakia. Portugal in Western Europe shines with numerous well-known summer festivals, globally successful folk music and a strong pop/rock and electronics scene. In 2017 Portugal, like Austria, could be pleased about being a focus at the Eurosonic Festival as well as winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Waves Vienna has been working closely with the second host country, Slovakia, for years. In addition to geographical proximity and a diverse musical landscape, whose most exciting representatives can be experienced live in the music programme of the festival, Slovakia also has an interesting live music scene including the Pohoda Festival, which has received several international awards.

Find the detailled conference programme here.


20. August 2018

We are more than happy to add another eight artists to the Line Up of Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference happening from 27th to 29th of September 2018.

Antonia Vai (HU)
Fran Palermo (HU)
Jungstötter (DE)
Mörk (HU)
Neneh Cherry (SE)
Ten Tonnes (UK) @ Warner Music Night
The Blind Suns (FR)

With these final acts the Line Up is now completed and counts exactly 100 Acts!

For a first impression have a look at our announcement trailer and keep updated on our website and on facebook.

Unfortunately we also some bad news to announce: Jett Rebel had to cancel his performance at this year’s Waves Vienna. We are very sad about that and hope he will be able to join us next year!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Waves Vienna 2018 from 27th to 29th of September 2018. Get your tickets for only 55 EUR* now!

*FESTIVAL PASSES available Ö–Ticket and wienXtra-jugendinfo.


31. July 2018

We are more than happy to announce that another 42 artists were added to the Line Up of Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference happening from 27th to 29th of September 2018:

Alapastel (SK) – Part of Focus on Slovakia
Andrea Bucko (SK) – Part of Focus on Slovakia
Bulp (SK) – Part of Focus on Slovakia
Cléa Vincent (FR)
Dena (DE)
Die Sauna (DE)
Drahthaus (AT)
False Advertising (UK)
Futurski (SI) – INES#talent
Gewalt (DE)
Grandfather’s House (PT) – Part of Focus on Portugal
Haiku Garden (SI) – INES#talent
Isama Zing (SK) – Part of Focus on Slovakia
Kaiko (AT) – INK music Night
Kids N Cats (AT)
Kovacs (NL) – Warner Music Night
Lazer Viking (CZ)
Leak (DE)
Like Elephants (AT)
Listen To Leena (AT)
Mister Teaser (PT) – Part on Focus on Portugal
Noah Kwaku (DE)
Noiserv (PT) – Part on Focus on Portugal
Pale Grey (BE)
:Papercutz (PT) – Part of Focus Portugal – INES#talent
Papyllon (SK) – Part on Focus on Slovakia
Pauls Jets (AT)
Please Madame (AT)
Pom Poko (NO)
Says (SK)
Silberwolff (AT)
Slenderbodies (US)
Stroon (SK) – Part of Focus on Slovakia
Teepee (CZ)
Theodor Shitstorm (DE)
Thom Artway (CZ)
Tsar B (BE)
Vaarwell (PT) – Part of Focus on Slovakia
Viech (AT)
Warmduscher (UK)
Wunderwelt (DE)
Zak Abel (UK) – Warner Music Night

For a first impression have a look at our announcement trailer and keep updated on our website and on facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Waves Vienna 2018 from 27th to 29th of September 2018. Get your tickets now – only 47 EUR* till 1st of August!

*FESTIVAL PASSES available Ö–Ticket and wienXtra-jugendinfo.


26. July 2018

Waves Vienna 2018 is coming closer and we want to help you make your journey and stay as smooth as possible. After you hopefully already booked your flight using the special Waves Vienna discount for Austrian Airlines, next up we have some really nice hotel recommendations for you:

a&o Hotels

Book yourself a nice room in one of the two young and urban A&O Hotels in Vienna – always best price on aohostels.com

a&o Wien Hauptbahnhof
Sonnwendgasse 11
1100 Vienna

The a&o Wien Hauptbahnhof offers modern furnished rooms in various categories. With its ideal location, close to the Belvedere Palace at the main train station, the hotel is perfect for an exciting city break. When the weather is fine, have a drink in the fabulous rooftop bar.

a&o Wien Stadthalle
Lerchenfelder Gürtel 9-11
1160 ViennaThe historic house of the a&o Wien Stadthalle has modern and spacious rooms in different categories. The guests love the cozy lobby with library and inviting reading corner. In summer, the small, leafy courtyard garden with benches and umbrellas is the place to meet other travelers with a well-chilled drink from the lobby bar.

Ruby Hotels

The Munich-based Ruby group, led by founder and CEO Michael Struck, is breaking new ground with their Lean Luxury philosophy. By having a lean organizational structure and concentrating on the essential, Ruby can create a contemporary, affordable form of luxury for the modern, cost and style-conscious customers. Founded in 2013, the group operates five Ruby Hotels in Vienna, Munich and Dusseldorf, with eight more under construction or in planning.

Also we are more than happy that we will be able to host one of our stopps of the legendary Delegates Tour on Saturday at the stunning roof rop terrace of Ruby Marie!


Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna
Kaiserstraße 2-4 /Mariahilfer Straße 120
1070 Vienna
Marxergasse 17
1030 Vienna
Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna
Laurenzerberg 2 / Fleischmarkt 19
1010 Vienna


16. July 2018

Book your flights to Waves Vienna 2018 online at www.austrian.com and save 15% on all applicable fares!

To do so, simply enter the following code in the eVoucher field on the Austrian homepage booking engine:

Code: WAVES18


  • Booking period: now until September 30th, 2018
  • Valid for flights to Vienna and return as of September 20th, 2018 until October 7th, 2018 (final date for return flight) on scheduled flights operated by Austrian Airlines!

Book your flights here!

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