14. July 2020

Due to the Corona crisis, the Waves Festival 2020 will take place in a strongly changed form. More details here.

Of course, we want to offer all ticket purchasers various possibilities of how to deal with tickets that have already been purchased. Please understand that due to logistical reasons we can only consider your requests for an exchange of tickets until August 10th, 2020.

  1. Exchange to 2021 Waves Festival Passes including all Early Bird variants can be exchanged for a 2021 Festival Ticket. The 2021 Waves Festival will take place from 9-11 September, 2021. To initiate the exchange, please send us your PDF ticket or the order confirmation email stating that you would like to exchange your ticket for 2021 to ticketing@wavesvienna.com
  2. Exchange to Corona Goodie Bag To give you a little festival feeling at home, we will produce a Corona Goodie Bag. The chic jute bag in our new design will of course include our exclusive 12″ vinyl, produced especially for Waves 2020 and not available in stores, with tracks from all this year’s Export Award XA nominees – the nominees will be announced by the end of July -, the special edition of The Gap Waves Festival and some surprise goodies. To initiate the exchange, please send us your PDF ticket or the e-mail with the order confirmation stating that you want to exchange your ticket for the Corona Goodie Bag to ticketing@wavesvienna.com. We will gladly send the bag by mail within Austria for free. If you decide to pick up your bag at the WUK during the festival days, you will receive a drinks package for the festival feeling at home.
  3. Exchange Public Viewing Ticket On all three days of the festival we offer a public viewing of a curated selection of our streamed shows in the courtyard of the WUK. By exchanging your festival pass you can secure one of the strictly limited tickets for the WUK. To initiate the exchange, please send us your PDF-ticket or the e-mail with the order confirmation stating that you want to exchange your ticket for a public viewing ticket to ticketing@wavesvienna.com. Only while stocks last!

If you do not contact us with an exchange request by August 10, 2020, your ticket will automatically be exchanged for a 2021 Festival Pass.

Please note that we can only consider your exchange request per order. For example, only all tickets in one order can be exchanged for one goodie bag each or all tickets can be exchanged for one Festival Pass for 2021.

In all cases, your existing ticket will be converted into a steaming ticket that allows you to access our streaming channels by logging on to our website.


3. June 2020

Planning a festival in 2020: Which topics will concern us? What will be true and vital this autumn? What rules, regulations and recommendations will apply? What do we need? What do we want? What do we fear?

After countless ideas, discarded concepts, worries, hopes, and fresh starts, one thing is obvious: we have to stay flexible; keep to work on several alternatives at the same time; go with the waves.

We hope to spend some intense, inspiring festival days together with you in September. This will be the 10th edition of Waves Festival, and we have been thinking of many beautiful things to surprise you with for this anniversary.

However, some of these ideas will arguably only be realised next year. Some of them will probably –hopefully– still be implemented. So as to to share our current plans and thoughts with you as transparently as possible, an update with details follows beneath.

The Status Quo

Considering the Corona epidemic we’ve spent the past months developing various scenarios how to implement and transform Waves 2020 in such a way that it can be a source of new music inspiration, a good networking platform, an exciting panel offering, or just a nice festival for everyone involved, despite all limitations.
The effects of the current regulations such as distance rules, prescribed seating, fixed traffic routes, limited bar operations are not only uneconomical, they are just life-threatening for a small company like ours.

That’s why Waves 2020 will be different: digital + analog = hybrid.

We’ll be streaming, we’ll be offering public viewing, and we’ll also implement a variety of live elements.

The Festival In Detail

Streaming Waves – in 2020 you will not be able to enjoy concerts of national and international newcomers and headliners in different venues, but on different channels via stream. Multi-channel stream event instead of multi-venue, in a manner of speaking. From 10th to 12th September 2020, around 70 acts will be playing on several channels.

There will be fine live shows streamed from the Big Hall at WUK, and also concerts at special places in Vienna which were preproduced in co-operaton with the TV station W24. Thus a diverse series of concerts is created, augmented with many shows by international acts from their respective hometowns. Another channel will provide interviews, backstage reports, and features.

Public viewing – according to current regulations this will be possible. In addition to streaming, we’ll offer public viewing at the WUK Yard and, if possible and required, at one more open-air location. You can reserve a complimentary seat to enjoy the programme shown on several screens. Bar service will be available, face coverings will not be compulsory.

Live shows – we are constantly following the development and we work on implementation variants.

The Conference In Detail

The basis for the conference –  a varied conference program will be held in several rooms of the WUK with free admission. While moderators and local speakers participate in panels, workshops, and meetings on site, we connect international speakers and panelists via video conference.

Participating in the conference – while all conference content can be accessed via video conference at any time, it will be possible for a limited number of participants to be present directly in the conference rooms.

Ride the Waves

Obviously we will keep ourselves informed about any relaxation of the regulations regarding further possibilities to attend live shows. Everything feasible for us in terms of organisation and naturally financially, we will of course follow up and inform you.


21. April 2020

Dear lovely people,

these are crazy times we live in and some of you may have asked themself if WAVES VIENNA will happen in September.

Currently the situation in Austria is that no festivals are permitted until 31st of August 2020. We don’t have any information about events or festivals in September yet. And there’s no information about any travel bans or restrictions for fall by now too.

But one thing is for sure: WAVES VIENNA 2020 won’t be the same as in the past years. The Corona crises hopefully may go down in September but won’t be gone. Even if events and festivals are going to happen, there will be restrictions and constraints. Of course we hope that WAVES VIENNA 2020 can be realized as close as possible to the past editions but the health and safety of our visitors and all who work for the festival are the most important thing.

Because of that we work on various alternatives for WAVES VIENNA 2020 to be prepared as soon we get more information from official side how to move on with our plans for the festival and conference.

Our ideas and approach reach from concerts and panels with audience or only a few visitors to a complete online festival. In any case we will do everything in our power to create a great and attractive festival and conference for all you visitors and professionals.

See you on 10th of September!

Your Waves Vienna team


27. January 2020

The application for Delegates for Waves Vienna is open from now on. Just click here fill out the form and be part of Waves Vienna Music Festival and Conference from 10th to 12th of September 2020 in Vienna.

A total of 50 tickets will be awarded for Waves Vienna 2020. In addition, travel expenses and accommodation will be paid for 10 persons.
Whoever is selected will be contacted about 2 months in advance.
Application deadline is 16th of May 2020.



27. November 2019

The pre sale for the 10th edition of Waves Vienna starts on November 28th at 1pm.

Waves Vienna 2020 takes place from 10.-12.SEP.2020 in an around WUK.

The Super Early Bird ticket for EUR 15 is limited to 111 pcs.
The Early Bird ticket for EUR 25 is limited to 555 pcs.

After them selling out the Festival Pass for EUR 37 becomes available.

All of these tickets include access to all shows of Waves Music Festival from 10.-12.SEP.2020.

Tickets can be bought directly here.


3. October 2019

The XA – Music Export Award was presented for the third time at the Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference 2019. The dream pop duo ANGER emerged as the winner among seven nominated acts.

Anger consists of Julian Angerer and Nora Pider, both originally from Brixen, South Tyrol. The dream pop duo moved to Vienna and brought a beautifully melancholic mood with them, accented with a soft Italian flair. Anger describes their own story in just a few, but strong words: “Emo-Boy meets cool skater girl. They don’t like each other, of course. Eventually they become friends, then a couple. And then a band.”

After a couple of festival shows in 2019, including Maifeld Derby (DE), Frequency Festival (AT), Sonar Festival (ES), the renowned Reeperbahn Festival (DE), and Waves Vienna (AT), Anger already got a taste of performing on international festival stages. In their songs Anger deals with the big emotional topics, moving between love and anger, party mood and Sunday depression. Last but not least, the duo also gives a voice to the generation of the so-called millenials. On September 20th the duo Anger released their debut album „Heart / Break“ on Phat Penguin Records.

Don’t be afraid of the future Baby

ANGER about the XA-Music Export Award:“We are really very happy about receiving this award. It is not only a tribute to our work, but also another proof that we are on the right track. Of course we are also very happy that we could convince the international jury and win the audience with our show and our sound. We are also big fans of the two previous bands DIVES [XA 2018] and CARICARI [XA 2017] and gladly join the list of XA-Music Export Award winners. We are looking forward to an exciting year with many shows abroad, hoping to be able to carry our music as far as possible and to reach as many people as possible. And as it says in our song “Future”: “Keine Angst vor the Future Baby.” [Don’t be afraid of the future Baby. Note] (Nora + Julian)

The XA – Music Export Award is not only intended to pave the way onto international festival stages for the young band, but also to give them more freedom for the creative part of their music-making. Aside from the prize money of 3.500 €, donated by the SKE Fund of AustroMechana, the XA – Music Export Award includes the assurance of Austrian Music Export, Radio FM4 and Waves Vienna to support the respective winner through expertise and international networks in the following year, for example through exchange at partner festivals.


20. September 2019

In 2016, Waves selected Israel (and Germany) as its focus country, showcasing many of Israel’s newest and edgiest musicians in their European debut. This year the tradition continues, as the next wave of Israeli music is coming to Waves Vienna 2019. At the Reception on Thursday, 26.SEP.2019 from 18:30-19:30 at Ticketmaster Lounge @ WUK Project Room Israeli pop singer Sabina, a 2015 Waves Vienna alumni, will perform a 20 min semi-acoustic live-set. Everyone is more than welcome, so drop by, have a drink, listen to some great music, and mingle with the Israeli musicians in an intimate and informal atmosphere.

Please be aware that this is a Conference Event and can be attended with a Conference Pass or a Pro Pass only.

Israeli shows at Waves Vienna 2019

Alon Lotringer (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 18:45-19:30, Aula

As a singer/songwriter, composer, producer and multi- instrumentalist Alon Lotringer has become prominent part of the Israeli music scene in the past few years.He was first acknowledged with his band “Moora”, leading the group on vocals and bass alongside Omer Klein and Shachar Barabash. Shortly after, Lotringer released his first Hebrew solo album, the critically acclaimed “In a Grey Turquoise Forest”. 

Paula Valstein (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 20:00-20:45, HAKUMA Stage

Tel Aviv-born pianist singer/songwriter Paula Valstein matches her rich voice with a powerful sense of songwriting. The artist who has been working in New York and performed for music lovers worldwide, creates dramatic pop tunes that are driven by twisty melodies.

Lara Snow (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 21:15-22:00, HAKUMA Stage

Lara Snow is the music project by Valery Sherman and Jonatan Harpak from Tel Aviv. With an extremely feminine and almost girl-like voice, Valery takes one from softly sung lyrics to rebellious rap phrases, which are musically held together with dramatic, dance-evoking beats.

Sabina (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 22:45-23:30, Ottakringer Stage

Sabina released her album, Purple Ribbons, which was produced by the well-known Israeli music producer Yossi Mizrachi, and the acclaimed international producers – John Ho and Warren Huart in LA. The album deals with Sabina’s life, from her childhood in Stuttgart Germany, Hollywood career up till today in Israel, as an artist, social activist and a mother. Over the past 5 years, Sabina has performed with some of the Israel’s biggest acts (Adi Ulmansky, Yirmi Kaplan) as well as featuring in Vienna’s Waves Festival as a performer and main presenter. Her video clips were broadcast widely on the European channel OUT TV (the leading European life style channel). On ILTV television channel, Sabina was introduced as “The upcoming and talented singer songwriter Sabina”. Throughout her career, Sabina has written and composed her own songs, some of which have been produced by Luis Lahav (who worked with Bruce Springsteen). Sabina has recently collaborated with the upcoming New York producer Stavros on a remix that will be released in the Fall 2019. Sabina will be returning to the Waves Festival in September 2019. Her new material fuses together the Eastern and Western in uences on her life, resulting in a unique composition style that makes for memorable performances in her live concerts. This will be the second time that Sabina has been asked to be a creative consultant with regards to showcasing Israeli artists at Waves. Sabina writes and sings in 4 languages: English, German, French and Hebrew. She is involve in non-pro t organization “Turning The Tables”, which helps women leave the cycle of prostitution. Together with some of the leading women vocal artists in Israel, SABINA performed in a concert celebrating International Women’s Day with Yael Deckelbaum, Lola Marsh, and Jane Bordeaux. Sabina was recently appointed a Board Member of “AmericanVoices” in Israel. Recently, Sabina was chosen to sing and act in a new Israeli childrens’ film.


25. June 2019

In September 2019 the Waves Vienna Music Conference, organized by Waves Vienna and Austrian Music Export, will take place for the ninth 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. This year´s Focus Countries are Sweden and Hungary.

Waves Vienna Music Conference 2019: First topics

Each year we compile a conference program that is supposed to cover current topics in music industry. Among the first topics of the Waves Vienna Music Conference 2019 are: A Pop-Up Session with Laibach’s Ivan Novak, How to Deal with Content of Dubious Performers, Challenges Entering Asian Music Markets, a presentation of the results of the CEEMID – Music Professional Survey and Women in Live Music Production.

We’re excited about having Ivan Novak of Slovenian retroavantgarde band Laibach to talk about their career out of a country with hardly any national structures equipped for reaching international audiences. The conference program will also address current issues in the music industry: Do content providers, like streaming platforms or radio stations, have the moral right or even an obligation to remove the repertoire of shady people? What are the challenges entering Asian music markets? How is the situation for women in live music production? Furthermore there will be presentations of new tools and studies, as the results of the CEEMID Music Professional Survey for 2019, and a lot of networking sessions and speed meetings with international representatives of the music industry.

Sweden and Hungary as focus countries in 2019

True to the motto “East Meets West”, there will be two focus countries again, one from the east – Hungary – and one from the west – Sweden.
Since at least the worldwide success of ABBA, Sweden is seen as one of the most successful nations when it comes to pop music. We are more than happy to experience the latest and most promising acts live at Waves Vienna and to get the chance to exchange with important Swedish music professionals and discuss the formula of success of Swedish pop music.

The second focus country, Hungary, is very connected to Austria, not only geographically but also culturally and historically. A lot of representatives of the Hungarian music business have already been much respected guests at Waves Vienna. This year’s focus opens the opportunity to strengthen this relationship and get to know the music scene of our neighbors even better! Hungary offers a very lively and young music scene and a diverse festival landscape, including the renowned Volt Festival, Balaton Sound and of course the biggest Hungarian festival, Sziget.

Waves Vienna 2019 will provide a focus on artists from these countries in the live program. The Waves Vienna Music Conference will furthermore devote a part of its program to the respective music markets and scenes of these two countries.


28. February 2019

It only started just over a year ago, but already Europe’s new network of showcase festivals has almost doubled in size. This year, as of now, five new members have joined the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES). Another five members had already joined the network in 2018. Together with the network’s founding members, INES now connects 18 of Europe’s most dynamic live music industry events.

The new members that have joined in 2019 are Mastering the Music Business (Romania), m4music (Switzerland), PIN Music Conference (North Macedonia), Sharpe Festival (Slovakia), and What’s Next in Music? (Lithuania).

The first of these kicks off in March, when m4music takes place in both Zürich and Lausanne. To celebrate their induction, Portuguese band and INES#talent member :papercutz have been invited to perform at the festival.

INES is a unique and dynamic platform that fosters exchange and interaction between Europe’s vital showcase festivals, which are small to medium events that combine live music performance with music business conferences. INES is co-funded by the Creative Europe program from the European Union. It includes actions to help artists and music business professionals develop their careers, cross borders for transnational growth, and embrace digitisation.

With the addition of new members, Europe’s music industry can enjoy even more interconnection and cooperation. More European musicians now have the chance to perform on stage at an international showcase festival. And more professionals can build cross-border contacts to create new business opportunities outside of their home markets.

The new INES members affirmed that joining the network will help them boost their local music industry by broadening opportunities for both artists and professionals:

“We were founded in 2016 with the aim of connecting local artists and music business professionals with their peers from all across Europe and increasing the mobility of Romanian musicians abroad. This is why becoming a member of Innovative Network of European Showcases (INES) is a very important step for us. We are very proud to be partners with all the other fantastic festival members of INES.“ – Carina Sava, Artist Manager, Mastering the Music Business, Romania (20-22 March 2019)

“Thanks to joining INES, the m4music festival team is happy to shake hands with musical friends from all over Europe. Music doesn’t know boundaries, and creativity has to be thought on local and global levels at the same time. Switzerland has a vibrant live music scene, and its professionals are keen on exchanging with partners from abroad.” – Philipp Schnyder, Festival Director, m4music Festival, Switzerland (14-16 March 2019)

“We are delighted to join INES and in that way to widen our international focus even more, which has always been one of the core goals of our event. With its programmes INES#festivals, INES#talent, INES#pro and INES#conference, it offers a perfect tool that will surely foster the exchange of our talents and future collaborations.” – Vilma Dzienaitė, Conference Program Manager, What’s Next in Music?, Lithuania (5-7 September 2019)

“In 2012 a group of perpetual enthusiasts formed The PIN conference, believing that one day it will become the essential catalyst for bettering the music scene in Macedonia and the region. By joining the INES Festivals Network, this vision has grown to become a real-time achievement. PIN is now ready to become the new boiling point of artist’s opportunities, music culture exchange, experiences and providing a positive reaction for the everlasting development process in the European Music Scene.” – Gorjana Jordanovska, PIN Music Conference, North Macedonia (28-30 November 2019)

The new members have already started to engage with the network by nominating artists to the INES#talent pool and opening calls. These new #talents will have the chance to perform at up to 18 showcase festivals in 2019, thus presenting themselves to an international audience and the international music industry

The complete list of INES members:

  1. c/o pop Festival & Convention, Germany
  2. Budapest Showcase Hub, Hungary
  3. Enea Spring Break, Poland
  4. FOCUS Wales, United Kingdom
  5. Linecheck, Italy
  6. Live at Heart, Sweden
  7. Liverpool Sound City, United Kingdom
  8. Mastering The Music Business, Romania
  9. MENT Ljubljana, Slovenia
  10. m4music, Switzerland
  11. Monkey Week, Spain
  12. Nouvelle Prague, Czechia
  13. PIN Music Conference, North Macedonia
  14. Sharpe Festival, Slovakia
  15. Sonic Visions, Luxembourg
  16. Waves Vienna, Austria
  17. Westway LAB, Portugal
  18. What’s Next in Music?, Lithuania