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2. July 2019

Book your flights to the “Waves Vienna 2019” 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: WAVES19

Conditions:
Booking period: now until September 29th, 2019
Valid for flights to Vienna and return as of September 19th, 2019 until October 06th, 2019 (final date for return flight) on scheduled flights operated by Austrian Airlines.

Book your flights here!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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/


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3. October 2018

The XA – Music Export Award was presented for the second time at this years Waves Vienna . The Viennese indie rock band DIVES emerged as the winner among nine nominated bands.

The moment you see them on stage it’s hard to takes your eyes off this band,” says jury member Mariusz Herma from the international music platform beehy.pe, describing his impressions. DIVES unique sound is due to the two-part singing of Tamara Leichtfried (guitar, vocals) and Viktoria Kirner (bass, vocals), paired with distinctive guitar riffs and the driving beats of Dora de Goederen on drums. The trio exudes a certain lightness in their sound, a combination of garage punk with indie pop elements and surf rock. At concerts, DIVES, who formed as a band in the course of a Girls Rock Camp in 2016, give the impression of a sworn team.

Their self-confident, eponymous debut EP “Dives”, released on Siluh Records in 2017, was produced by Wolfgang Möstl (Mile Me Deaf, Melt Downer) and brought the unpretentious trio immediate success. Jury member Ákos Remetei (Sziget Festival) is convinced the track “Tomorrow” is already an “instant hit”. DIVES opened the Wiener Popfest in 2018 and played countless club shows and renowned festivals such as c/o Pop in Cologne, Popkultur Berlin or Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. “DIVES convince with their unconventional mixture of pop guitar melodies, driving beats, paired with a touch of grunge and surf,” Karla König (c/o Pop) describes the band’s sound.

DIVES HAS POTENTIAL THAT WANTS TO BE EXPANDED

Having fun on stage is really important to us“, the three musicians explain in unison. The successes of the last months have shown them that their band DIVES has potential that wants to be expanded. In any case, the release of a debut album is planned for 2019 and a tour through the Balkan countries is also on their wish list. But DIVES are also looking back nostalgically to their early days, when they just started playing, spent a lot of time in the rehearsal room, and most of their songs were written.

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 Waves Vienna, Austrian Music Export and Radio FM4 to support the respective winner through expertise and international networks in the following year, for example through exchange at partner festivals.
The nine jury members wish DIVES many live performances. On the other hand, they also want them „to continue on their path unswervingly, to sharpen their already good, recognizable sound further and thus continue to be successful,” says Amira Ben Saoud (The Gap).

THE XA – MUSIC EXPORT AWARD JURY 2018

International experts evaluated the live performances of the nine nominated bands Dives, Pressyes, Kids N Cats, Mickey, Like Elephants, Viech, Please Madame, Dramas and Thirsty Eyes during the three festival days of Waves Vienna 2018. The jury consisted of Amira Ben Saoud (The Gap, AT), Jan Clausen (Factory 92, DE), Andrina Dolinsek (Acoustic Lakeside, AT), Mariusz Herma (beehype, PL), Karla König (c/o pop, DE), Dan Koplowitz (Friendly Fire Licensing, USA), Susi Ondrusova (FM4, AT), Ákos Remetei (Sziget Festival, HU) and Luis Soares (Rock in Rio, PT). The XA – Music Export Award is an initiative of Waves Vienna, Austrian Music Export, SKE Fonds and Radio FM4. The first XA – Music Export Award in 2017 went to the duo CARI CARI.

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 unusual combination of digeridoo, jew’s harp and their 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 the interest by fans, critics and the media has improved a lot”, the two musicians explain.


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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


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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.


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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

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12. July 2018

Compatibility of Music and Family Life, Sync Rights and Importance of Music Blogs as first 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.