3. June 2020

The conference program addresses the challenges for the music industry triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways.

International experts from the music industry will share their experiences on panels and the umbrella organization of the European Music Export Agencies EMEE will host a discussion with political decision makers and organizations on the future of the European music sector.

In addition, alternative sources of income and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating content will be explored in workshops and presentations.

For example, Bandcamp, a service that has been able to make positive headlines through effective support actions for artists and labels, will hold a webinar.

The Vienna Club Commission and the local indie label association VTMÖ are inviting everyone to discussions about coordinated support measures for clubs and promoters and fair payment on streaming portals.

This year’s host countries UK and Ukraine will present their music scenes and markets, and special networking sessions will provide an opportunity to establish contacts with important industry representatives from both countries. A workshop will explain the expected effects of Brexit on the cooperation with the UK.

Feedback Listening Sessions and numerous viral networking formats complement the future-oriented program.


3. June 2020

“East meets West” is also the motto of the festival’s focus countries in 2020: 

On the one hand, we are focusing on the United Kingdom. The motherland of pop music is currently saying goodbye to the European Union. What consequences will the Brexit have for the music industry? We will try to discuss this and much more at this year’s conference. As part of our focus on the UK, we will also have the festivals Wide Days, Focus Wales and The Great Escape as guests at the conference, in order to get to know their events better, but also to hear their views and approaches to the topics of corona and Brexit.

The Ukraine is the second focus country: the second largest country in Europe after Russia, it has almost five times as many inhabitants as Austria, could win the Song Contest in 2014 and has an up-and-coming music scene. Already a few years ago, we became aware of the bustling and incredibly diverse music scene in the Ukraine, which could be seen in some very fine bookings for the Waves Festival.

Alyona Alyona @ Waves 2019 (c) Patrick Münnich

Preliminary highlight was a first showcase in 2019, among others with Alyona Alyona (right in the picture) including a networking reception of the still very young but highly motivated Music Export Ukraine on Waves. Both together made us invite the Ukraine as guest country for 2020.

“It is a great honor for us to represent Ukraine as a focus country at the Waves Vienna in 2020 in the second year of our participation in the festival. Although the event will be held mostly online, we will do our best to make the experience of meeting Ukrainian music as exciting for the audience as possible. Also, we hope that our cooperation with Waves Vienna will continue, and we will meet all our international colleagues in Austria in further years”.  
Iryna Prokofieva, Head of Programmes Ukrainian Institute

“The first time I’ve been to Waves in 2015. Barely any people knew something about Ukrainian music back then. 5 years later Ukraine is a focus country. We are very proud of our talents to make this kind of progress with their music and happy that we’re with Ukrainian Institute have an opportunity to support them at the institutional level!”
Dartsya Tarkovska, Co-founder Music Export Ukraine

“The British Music Industry has always been an international business with UK acts regularly being the biggest selling artists in the world. We are delighted to be speaking at the Waves Vienna conference to help delegates understand more about the British Music Industry; this is even more important now as the world is experiencing some unsettling times and mutual understanding of the global music industry is the key to success for everyone.”
Chris Tams, British Phono Industry, BPI


13. January 2020

Early Bird Music Conference tickets are available from now on. The Music Conference ticket covers all events of the Conference but no shows of the Music Festival and costs now € 40. The Music Pro Pass is valid for all events of the Conference and all shows of the Music Festival for € 65.

Both Early Bird tickets are available until 16.MAY.2020. The price then rises to € 55 for the Music Conference ticket and € 99 for the Music Pro Pass.


18. September 2019

Nominees include Keke, Elis Noa and Sketches on Duality. Jury evaluation and award ceremony at the Waves Vienna Music Festival.

For the third consecutive year the music export prize “XA” will be awarded within the Waves Vienna Music Festival. The award is an initiative of Austrian Music Export, SKE Fonds, Radio FM4 and Waves Vienna. Seven 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.

Seven nominees, five jury members and 26 Austrian Bands at Waves Vienna 2019

More than 100 Bands will perform at this year’s edition of Waves Vienna Festival of which nearly 30 are from Austria! Seven out of these national musical newcomers are nominated for the export award: the young rapper Keke, singer-songwriter Bernhard Eder, soul/hip hop singer Soia, trip hop newcomer Elis Noa, hip hop/spoken word/jazz quintet Sketches On Duality, “sky gazer“ Good Willson and dream pop duo Anger.

During the three festival days, the performances of the nominated bands will be judged by a jury of experts. The jury is formed by three international jury members: Oskar Strajn (Eurosonic Noorderslag), Andraz Kajzer (Ment Ljubljana), Gorjana Jordanovska (Password Productions, Pin Festival), as well as the local Jurors Susi Ondrusova (FM4) and Lea Spiegel (SAE). After all the votes have been cast, the prize will be presented to the winning band on the last day of the festival, Saturday, 28 September, at 10:30 pm at WUK.

A Springboard for Austrian Talent

The surf-rock trio Dives, which emerged as the winner of the 2nd XA Music Export Award in 2018, went on to became one of the “Focus Acts 2019”. An new album is due to be released in November 2019 and the band will also perform at this year´s Viva Sounds Festival in Sweden.


14. August 2019

Waves Vienna 2019 is coming closer and we want to help you make your journey and stay as smooth as possible. After booking your flight – using the special Waves Vienna discount for Austrian Airlines – or train ticket, you’ll need place to stay in Vienna and we have the perfekt recommendation for you :

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2. July 2019

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21. May 2019

True to the motto “East Meets West”, also this year there will be two focus countries, one from the east – Hungary – and one from the west – Sweden.

Since at least the worldwide sucess 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 exciting 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 strenghten this relationship and get to know the music scene of our neighbours even better! Hungary offers a very lively and young music scene and a diverse festival landscape, with of course the biggest hungarian festival Sziget.

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


14. January 2019

In case you missed one of the panels at Waves Vienna Music Conference or want to rewatch them: Have a look at INES#conference – a video library with video streams of panels at Waves Vienna and other INES Showcase Festival Network members – panels. Videos of Waves Vienna Conference are now online: https://www.ines-festivals.eu/conference/

INES#conference is the digital extension to the conferences at each festival. Internationally relevant sessions and panels are video recorded, and will be made available in the #conference library. This way the learnings created at the events will become a sustainable source of digital knowledge transfer for everyone in the European music industry as well as for the generation of music pros to come.


6. December 2018

As of now our Super Early Bird Festival Passes for only € 15 (limited to 111 pcs.) and our Early Bird Festival Passes for € 25 (limited to 555 pcs.) are on sale! Once they are sold, the price will rises to € 35 till May 2019. So you better be quick and get one of our Super Early Bird Tickets!

At the same time Early Bird Conference Tickets for € 40,00 and Early Bird Pro Passes (Festival + Conference) for € 65,00 will be available!

Find all tickets and categories here: Ticketing 2019

Hope to see you again at Waves Vienna 2019!


29. October 2018

After four showcase festivals from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic joined the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES) in June, the network is pleased to welcome another member from Great Britain!

“FOCUS Wales is delighted to be taking part in INES alongside the existing fantastic Showcase Festivals. With INES we are delighted to welcome the best new European artists and music professionals to Wales. It also gives us the opportunity to present and promote the best new artists from Wales throughout the European music scene,” said FOCUS Wales co-founder and booker Andy Jones.

FOCUS Wales is now the second INES member from the United Kingdom and will be located in Wrexham, North Wales for it’s 9th edition. The international multi-venue showcase will be representing more than 200 bands across 20 stages in Wrexham and will be taking place the 16th through the 18th of May in 2019. Not only will FOCUS Wales be hosting acts from all over the world, but also a plethora of up-and-coming domestic acts as well. And in addition to all of the presenting artists, an interactive conference programme will present panels and discussions with experts from the music industry!

INES is a European cooperation project co-funded by Creative Europe that aims to create a unique exchange network between European showcase festivals to facilitate transnational artist discovery and career development, while promoting digitisation.

The participating members are:

  • c/o pop, Germany
  • Budapest Showcase Hub, Hungary
  • Enea Spring Break, Poland
  • FOCUS Wales, United Kingdom
  • Linecheck, Italy
  • Live at Heart, Sweden
  • Liverpool Sound City, United Kingdom
  • MENT Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Monkey Week, Spain
  • Nouvelle Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sonic Visions, Luxembourg
  • Waves, Vienna, Austria
  • Westway LAB, Portugal

and gigmit as technology partner for digital infrastructure and know-how.

With the announcement of its participation in INES, FOCUS Wales opens the applications for INES#pro and INES#festival. Musicians and music professionals from all over Europe can apply until December 1st to perform at or visit the festival and network with other music professionals. More info here: https://www.ines-festivals.eu/festivals/focus-wales-2019/