7. September 2021

From September 15, you’ll find hundreds of series, movies and documentaries in the HD Austria TV app! New ones will be added every month, from Vernon Subutex and Trust Me to Killing Eve and Normal People. To make sure you can watch your favorite shows with the sharpest picture and sound at home and on the go, our festival partner HD Austria is giving away tablets, soundbars, headphones or a PS 4 Slim.

Click here to enter the prize game. (Participation is only possible if you live in Austria.)

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11. August 2021

These are the nominees for the Export Award at Waves Festival 2021:

  • Cloud Cloud
  • Downers & Milk
  • Earl Mobley
  • Florence Arman
  • Lisa Pac
  • Takeshi’s Cashew

Here is a playlist with the most recognized music videos of the nominees.

Each act will be performing a 45 minutes set at the festival. Eight international and national judges from a pool of promoters, bookers and music journalists will evaluate the performances. The act with the highest score receives the XA award, price money of 3.500 Euro and the promise of support from Austrian Music Export, FM4, Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, Public Service and Sport and Waves Festival for the following year, including the integration at partner-festivals and showcases.

The award was initiated by Waves Vienna in 2017 and is a cooperation between mica – music austriaAustrian Music ExportAustro Mechana/SKE FondsRadio FM4 and Waves Vienna.

The aim is to support Austrian artists at an early stage of their career and help them after establishing a national basis to make the step out of Austria to an international level.

All winners and nominees of the past XA Awards can be found here.


11. August 2021

After a jury session with Anne Eck (Silvertree Records), Itta Francesca (Sofar Sounds Viena/mica – music austria), Kasun Jayatilaka (Waves Festival) and Yasmin Hafedh (Yasmo) the winners of this years QM&A On Stage are:

  • Aygyul
  • Dacid Go8lin
  • Jungle Jade
  • Vereter

Besides performing at the QM&A showcase at Waves Festival 2021 each artist will be handed one of the following prizes:

# Music video production by  Josip Jukic-Sunaric, Mascha Peleshko, István Pajor (Granada, Spitting Ibex)
# Photoshooting with Tim Cavadini (Mavi Phoenix, Lou Asril, Oehl)
# Studio day with Julian Berann incl. Backing Band
# Microphone from Lewitt Audio

QM&A On Stage is a program initiated by Mwita Mataro (At Pavillon) that aims at promoting underrepresented artists by offering various prizes aimed at furthering their career, bringing them in contact with various actors inside the Viennese music scene and hosting a showcase event with strong media coverage.

QM&A advocates for more diversity in the Viennese cultural sector and implements a variety of different programs to ensure equal accessibility for all. More information:


3. August 2021

Waves Festival 2021 daily line-up: Day Tickets are available now.

THU 09.09.2021
Ava Vegas (DE)
Aze (AT)
Burkini Beach (DE)
Casper Clausen (DK) – ETEP
Cloud Cloud (AT)
Discovery Zone (DE) – ETEP
Faux Real (FR) – ETEP
Hearts Hearts (AT)
Johnny Mafia (FR)
Keshavara (DE)
Laikka (AT)
Liener (AT)
Mariybu (DE)
Meskerem Mees (BE) – ETEP
Oska (AT)
Pippa (AT)
Ro Bergman (AT)
sinks (CZ)
Sir Simon (DE)
Sparkling (DE) – INES#talent
Takeshi‘s Cashew (AT)
The Unsleeping (UA)
Zbaraski (UA)
more to come …
FRI 10.09.2021
+SHE+ (RO)
Änn (AT)
Baiba (AT)
Dino Brandão (CH)
Downers & Milk (AT)
Elena Rud (DE)
Florence Arman (AT)
Gran Bankrott (AT)
jazzbois (HU)
Krekhaus (BG)
Kya Kyani (DE)
Lisa Pac (AT)
Mira Mann (DE)
Modecenter (AT)
Murman Tsuladze (GE)
Oxyjane (AT)
Rahel (AT)
Ruhmer (AT)
Schorl3 (DE)
Sirens of Lesbos (CH)
Sluff (AT)
Zimmer90 (DE)
Zinn (AT)
more to come …
SAT 11.09.2021
52 Hertz Whale (SK) – INES#talent
Barton Hartshorn (FR)
Earl Mobley (AT)
Etceteral (SI) – INES#talent
Filiah (AT)
Francis of Delirium (LU) – INES#tt
freekind. (SI)
Gaisma (DE)
Giudi (CZ) – INES#talent
Greyshadow (AT)
Kids in Cages (LI)
[Leak] (DE) – INES#talent
Lelee (SI) – INES#talent
Löwelöwe (AT)
Mordái (HU)
Mulay (DE)
Oxford Drama (PL)
Salò (AT)
Saya Noé (HU)
The Rodeo (FR)
Vaovao (DE)
more to come …


3. August 2021

We’re super happy to announce the winner of our raffle for the Main Sponsor of Waves Festival 2021: Jägermeister.

The German brand joined Waves Festival as a partner a couple of years ago already but premieres as the Main Sponsor in 2021. We’re looking forward to have lot of delicious Jägermeister drinks at the festival! Cheers!

Jägermeister has always had a close connection to the music scene and nightlife. For years, we have supported young up-and-coming Austrian bands and DJs through our JägerMusic programme. Last year, Jägermeister launched the global #SAVETHENIGHT initiative to support the night catering industry and all related professionals affected by the pandemic. The initiative has been implemented in over 60 countries.

All info on the brand can be found at or


3. August 2021

We are very happy to be able to continue the cooperation with Wombat’s from 2020 this year!

In the spirit of the Australian marsupial Wombat, two former Viennese backpackers have built up an international hostel chain. The hostels in London, Berlin, Budpest and Vienna are now not only popular places of hospitality, but also cultural encounters.

Consequently, the company is now deliberately opening its doors to local peops with new offers. This is also the case at the Vienna City Hostel at Naschmarkt: In Wombat’s Café (with its own roasting!) at the womBAR or in the lobby at the 24-hour minibar, you can now enjoy selected drinks – craft beer from Ottakringer Brauwerk, wines from Wieninger and cider from BlakStoc – in a relaxed cosmopolitan atmosphere.


3. August 2021

The newly opened Superbude in Vienna’s 2nd district completes our hotel partners for 2021.

The Superbude is definitely the coolest hotel in Vienna. There are double rooms, four-bed rooms or the cool themed rooms (disco booth, game city booth, Austropop booth & cinema booth)!

It gets difficult when you have to choose between the 17 different rooms. The Double Cube for the cosy, the Double Glamping for those who don’t want to miss out on the green even in the city. Theme huts for groups, family rooms with experience bunk beds – but in the end only one thing counts: SUPER SLEEPING!


23. June 2021

Five international delegates from the music industry provide professional and constructive feedback to your music.

Please fill out this form to apply for one of your tracks to be discussed at the Feedback Listening Session which takes place at the Waves Festival Conference on Thursday or Friday 9th or 10th September 2021 (tbc) at WUK.

Application deadline is 20.AUG.2021. All selected artists will be notified by 25.AUG.2021; each band will receive 2 Conference Pass for the Waves Festival Conference to be able to attend the listening session. — APPLICATION IS CLOSED


4. May 2021

There is still the question of how Waves Festival 2021 will be able to look like in early September, what is the plan, what do we have in mind. In fact, at the beginning of May we can’t even guess now what the situation will be at the beginning of September 2021 in relation to Covid-19. At least financially, we can consider ourselves under the protection of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, which has confirmed the “Protective Shield for Events I” for the Waves Festival 2021.
In view of this, we are currently planning a full edition of the Waves Festival for 9 to 11 September 2021. Of course, we are not reassured, but have thought of various safety precautions and also have several alternatives in the planning quiver to be able to react to any developments, including restrictions and requirements, during the summer.

One of them includes a conversion to a hybrid or purely online version of the festival, which we unfortunately already experienced last year. In the course of this, there would also be an offer to ticket buyers to exchange purchased tickets for next year if the alternative variant of the festival does not appeal to them.

So much for the current state of planning. We will of course keep you informed about further developments on the website, via newsletter and on social media.


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