1. January 2021

Following the current regulations of the official bodies, the following points must be observed at Waves Festival 2021:

Admission is only possible if you have been vaccinated or tested (2G rule).

Masks are compulsory in all indoor areas of the festival and the conference.

When exchanging tickets at the box office in the WUK or when exchanging wristbands in front of the Canisius Church, either an officially confirmed Covid 19 test with QR code or a vaccination certificate with QR code in connection with a photo ID must be presented.

Festival pass holders for all festival days who have not been vaccinated and can only show a Covid 19 test will receive a wristband for the first day and exchange tickets for the other festival days, which they can exchange for wristbands each day after showing a new valid test.

If possible, please buy tickets in advance (possible until 8 September) via our ticketing system, as the name and e-mail address of the guest must also be entered here. If you buy tickets at the box office, we have to enter this data into our system first, which may lead to longer waiting times at the ticketing desk.

Tickets are marked by name and can ONLY be transferred via the ticketing system. In such a case, log in to Universe using the link in the ticket purchase confirmation and process the guest info, which we will refer to if necessary.


30. November 2020

It was a very special edition of the Waves Festival this year due to the pandemic. But we made the best out of it and of course we recorded the whole thing again in a wonderful after movie. Better said, the buero butter did it for us, we were busy with completely different things 😉
In any case, despite all the adversities, it turned out very nice again.

Have fun watching it!

Waves Festival After Movie 2020


21. September 2020

The streams of Waves Conference 2020 are now available to rewatch on our YouTube Channel.


New ways of audience participating in music

Techniques for streaming Live Music from home presented by Yamaha

The Future of the European Music Eco System hosted by EMEE


Fair Streaming? hosted by VTMÖ

Focus Country Ukraine 

Focus Country UK

Bandcamp Webinar

Brexit Workshop

MUSEXPO Presentation

Earning Money in Times of Crisis

The Future of Booking: Sold out Shows using Data


Extended Realities



15. September 2020

Here you can find the numbers of the average viewers for each channel of Waves Festival 2020 online streaming. As we didn’t have single events for the streaming of the shows in the evening we only can publish numbers per night.

Waves Festival 2020

Viewer retention
THU 10.SEP.2020Thurygrund29718:01
THU 10.SEP.2020Lichtenthal38511:01
THU 10.SEP.2020Wanderlust4339:35
FRI 11.SEP.2020Thurygrund1.97810:41
FRI 11.SEP.2020Lichtenthal2.15718:47
FRI 11.SEP.2020Wanderlust3.87911:31
SAT 12.SEP.2020Thurygrund1.48012:55
SAT 12.SEP.2020Lichtenthal2.05715:48
SAT 12.SEP.2020Wanderlust1.8319:33

Waves Festival Conference 2020

Viewer retention
THU 10.SEP.2020The Future of the European Music Eco System hosted by EMEE1.27811:21
THU 10.SEP.2020Feedback Listening Session 11.1089:14
THU 10.SEP.2020Feedback Listening Session 29846:12
FRI 11.SEP.2020The Future of Booking: Sold out Shows using Data1.3348:52
FRI 11.SEP.2020Focus Country Ukraine76514:26
FRI 11.SEP.2020Focus Country UK1.21812:05
FRI 11.SEP.2020Fair Streaming? hosted by VTMÖ1.0819:55
FRI 11.SEP.2020Bandcamp Webinar1.1667:32
FRI 11.SEP.2020Brexit Workshop1.95211:46
FRI 11.SEP.2020Earning Money in Times of Crisis86810:12
FRI 11.SEP.2020MUSEXPO Presentation7748:06

Unfortunately we had serious audio problems with the streaming of these events of Waves Festival Conference so we uploaded the backup recording.

THU 10.SEP.2020Techniques for streaming Live Music from home presented by Yamaha
THU 10.SEP.2020New ways of audience participation in music


2. September 2020

From now on with a Waves Festival Conference Registration you are able to apply for the Speed Meetings on Thursday and Friday:

  • Meet the Festivals
  • Meet the Germans
  • Meet the Ukrainians
  • Meet the Czech

Please note that you have to have a registration for the Conference to get a login to the Delegates Database where you can apply for the Speed Meetings. You can get a free registration here.

All Speed Meetings will happen online via Zoom. Be sure to have a proper Setup (Camera and Sound) on your computer.

Apply here for the Speed Meetings.


25. August 2020

Waves Music Hackday – 5th Anniversary Edition

Whether you are a creative person, musician, artist, technologically interested person, hacker, developer, thinker or hobbyist – join this hackday and meet other creative people to spin your ideas around the future of music & technology!

Friday, 11. September 2020 from 18:00 to 20:00 (Kick-off) & Saturday, 12. September 2020 from 09:30 to 17:30 (Hacking) University of Vienna, Faculty of Computer Science

Live concert

Be part of the only live concert of the Waves Vienna Music Festival 2020! All participants of the Music Hackday (online and offline) will perform together a unique and the only live show of this year’s festival.

Saturday, 12. September 2020 from 18:30 to 19:00 University of Vienna, Faculty of Computer Science

Panel discussion

Discuss together with four domain experts “New Ways of Audience Participation in Music”. Confirmed panellists are Prof. Dr. Peter Reichl, professor for computer science and musician, the artist and music producer Susanne Kirchmayr a.k.a. Electric Indigo and Christopher Widauer, Head of Digital Development at the Vienna State Opera and Susanna Niedermayr from Ö1.

Thursday, 10. September 2020 from 15:30 to 16:15 Waves Festival Conference, SAE Institute Wien

In order to participate at Waves Festival Conference, please register here as a delegate for free: https://www.universe.com/events/waves-festival-2020-conference-tickets-wien-KVZSFH 

© Oliver Hödl

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25. August 2020

We’re super happy to announce our new hotel partnership with Wombat’s! With its unique atmosphere and approach it’s a perfect fit for Waves Festival. We’re looking forward to a long lasting partner and friendship!

Wombat’s, with its City Hostels, is always part of a local community. We see it as part of Wombat’s DNA to measure our success in the cultural, social and economic spheres.
We are happy to be part of the Waves Festival and to be able to connect this music event with our guests and our community.

That’s what the guys at Wombat’s say


24. July 2020

Unfortunately, due to Corona, we cannot hold the Waves Festival Conference this year in our Festival Home, the WUK.

But in the course of our partnership with the SAE in Vienna we have found a great alternative location. So this year’s conference will take place on September 10th and 11th in the beautiful, well equipped and well ventilated halls 😉 of SAE Vienna in Hohenstaufengasse 6 in the first district.

Due to the corona requirements, however, we only have a very limited capacity of about 100 people at a time in the building and about 40 people per room. This means that when the maximum capacity is reached, we have to ask additional visitors to be patient until participants leave the building again (one in one out principle).

In addition, we will also broadcast the entire conference live on the Internet.

In order to participate in the conference on site a free conference registration is required.

To get access to the streaming of the conference please get a free conference streaming ticket.

Library at the SAE Institute
Kaisersaal, picture by Patricia Weisskirchner


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