27. April 2022

Are you interested in music, are you in Vienna from 8 to 10 September and would like to take a look behind the scenes of a music festival?

Then apply as a volunteer for this year’s Waves Festival. We are again looking for volunteers to support us in the realisation of the Waves Festival.

What’s there to do?

  • Decoration & Branding
  • Admission & Folders
  • Technical Production
  • Set up and production
  • Ticketing
  • Waves Festival Conference

…and much more

Every year we have helpers who make an essential contribution to a successful festival through their commitment.

Operating times:

Wednesday 7. Sep to Sunday 11. Sep

This year, the festival will take place from 8-10 September.

The conference will be held on 8 and 9 September.

Of course, everyone should be able to enjoy the festival, which is why our volunteers are assigned to a maximum of two days, each with limited working hours. Nobody should miss his or her favourite band.

What’s in it for you?

In return we provide:

  • one Waves Festival Pass for a musical weekend with many new discoveries (valid on all three festival days)
  • if you are interested and there is availability, admission to the Waves Festival Conference (with panels, workshops and networking sessions)
  • catering during working hours (food & drinks)
  • a Waves goodie bag & T-shirt
  • and of course a lot of new experiences and great acquaintances!

What happens next?

You are interested in actively participating in the Waves Festival? Then be so kind and fill out the form below. In the notes section, write us a short message about why you want to participate.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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5. April 2022

We are super happy to present you the first 27 acts for this year’s edition of Waves Festival:

a/lpaca (IT) Aili (BE) Anna Erhard (CH) Benjamin Amaru (CH) Berglind (AT) Christin Nichols (DE) Doppelfinger (AT) Farce (AT) Finley Quaye (UK) Girli (UK) Jessy Lanza (CA) Low Island (UK) M. Byrd (DE) Motherhood (CA) Naima Bock (UK) Nalan (DE) Nuha Ruby Ra (UK) Oskar Haag (AT) Palffi (AT) Plattenbau (DE) Pyra (TH) Sassy 009 (NO) Skaar (NO) The Hanged Man (SE) The Haunted Youth (BE) Ultraflex (IS) Zack Zack Zack (AT)


5. April 2022

Founding idea and “East meets West”

The Waves Festival & Conference will take place for the 12th time in 2022. It sees itself as a festival of discovery and aims to bring exciting musicians and their works from all over the world to the city.

The initial founding idea of the festival was to create a platform or structure under the motto “East meets West”, through which initiatives of the music scene from Eastern and Western Europe can exchange ideas.

In Vienna, in the heart of Europe, Waves Vienna positioned itself in 2011 as a networking hub for the music scenes and has been working continuously on building bridges between East and West ever since. The basis for a successful cooperation, in which discussions take place, the respective state of knowledge is examined in workshops and, last but not least, horizons are broadened, has been laid; the establishment of a sustainable future perspective is the goal.

New focus for Festival & Conference

In addition to the orientation as a hub between Eastern and Western Europe, which is deeply inscribed in the DNA of Waves, the festival will also deal with socio-political topics and problems from 2022. Every year, individual aspects or areas from the comprehensive field of diversity, the conscious handling of diversity in society at all levels, will serve as a thematic focus within the festival and the conference. This year we want to deal with Micro Activism as part of the general theme of Diversity.


We understand diversity as an organisational and socio-political concept that propagates an appreciative, conscious and respectful approach to diversity and individuality.

With our focus, we want to contribute to the reduction of discrimination and the promotion of equal opportunities and represent the diversity of people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, social background, appearance or sexual orientation, both in the festival and at the conference.

We want to try to recognise people’s diverse achievements and experiences and to understand and use them as potential.

In order to be able to comprehend and depict the extensive field of diversity on as many levels as possible, we want to dedicate ourselves to a sub-theme each year that communicates with the overall theme.


5. April 2022

In order to get the most comprehensive input possible on topics, related aspects, potential cooperation partners and networks for our new general theme “Diversity”, an advisory board consisting of 4 people from various fields was appointed to exchange ideas with the festival’s implementation team, to sharpen concepts and to reflect on what has already been implemented.

Dalia Ahmed is a music journalist, radio presenter and DJ. She hosts the weekly programme “Dalia’s Late Night Lemonade” on Radio FM4 and is part of the FM4 Morning Show team. Photo: Eva Zar

Kem is a musician, producer and activist in Vienna. Known as rapper* “KEROSIN95” and drummer* of the band “My Ugly Clementine”, Kem has been working in various theatre and music projects since 2015, focusing on a queer-feminist perspective. Image: Hanna Fasching

Mwita Mataro, is a native of Salzburg with Tanzanian roots. As an art and cultural worker with an international history, he sees it as his task to use art and cultural projects to bring more attention to social issues that gain little or hardly any visibility in the white majority society. He is currently the singer and songwriter of the English-language rock/pop band “At Pavillon” and is working on his first documentary and feature film “Austroschwarz”. Photo: Margarita Keller

Zuzana Ernst is curator of “D/Arts – Project Office for Diversity and Urban Dialogue” and has been part of the artistic management team of Brunnenpassage since 2016. In her work, she combines community-oriented artistic practices with political-participatory cultural work. As a scenographer and founding member of the transdisciplinary performance group tangent.COLLABORATIONS, she has dedicated herself to increasingly collaborative piece development since 2012. She is also a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts and was until recently a board member of IG Kultur Wien. Image: Igor Ripak


5. April 2022

With the new general theme, there will also no longer be two guest countries from 2022, but rather one Guest of Honor, which this year will be Canada with its incredibly diverse and world-renowned music scene.

Canada will be represented as Guest of Honor at Waves Festival 2022 with at least six acts.
The year 2022 was chosen for this collaboration for two reasons: Firstly, this year’s festival motto “Diversity” stands for one of the qualities Canada is very proud of; furthermore, the year 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Austria and Canada – a wonderful opportunity to present emerging Canadian artists in Austria at this international showcase festival and to honour the close ties between our two countries accordingly – a bond that manifests itself above all also through shared values: Diversity, human rights, climate protection, the rule of law and multilateralism.
In particular, it is artists, their creativity and activities that inspire and shape our relations. Canada’s contribution to the Waves Festival 2022 is part of a series of joint activities in Austria and Canada this year.


5. April 2022

Due to renovation and refurbishment work in venues and buildings that have been used for the Waves Festival in recent years, the festival will be split into two festival spots this year.

Besides to the festival headquarters in the WUK, there will be a total of three stages in the hall, the foyer and the Beisl. In addition, the Clash, located just a few metres from the WUK, will be another stage, as well as the Café Weimar with the Palme dance bar and the Grand Café Alsergrund as conference and showcase venues.

Another new festival spot is on the Gürtel, where the Chelsea, the Fania Live and the Weberknecht will each have a stage, and the Loft another two. In the immediate vicinity there will be another information and ticketing centre as well as a separate artist area.


5. April 2022

As of 5 April, the Waves Festival invites submissions for the realisation of interdisciplinary ideas and concepts that will be produced and first performed or presented as part of the festival.

Ideas and concepts for installation, intervention, action, performance, exhibition, film, decoration, an interactive element for the audience or similar, which address and deal with the general theme of the Waves Festival, “Diversity”, can be submitted. An independent jury, yet to be appointed, will select three projects to be implemented at the Waves Festival from 8 to 10 September 2022.

The prerequisite is the feasibility of implementation with a maximum budget of EUR 2,000, which will be made available to the entrant in the event of selection by the jury. The implementation must be completed by the time of the Waves Festival or a performance must be feasible during the festival.

The budget must include all funds for the production of the concept. If premises, technology or similar are required for the realisation at the festival, these must be listed in detail in the concept submission and will be included in the jury’s evaluation. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2022.

Please use the form below for submission:

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5. April 2022

On 5 April 2022, a call for proposals will be issued for the implementation of events for the Viennese event scene. Viennese club operators or event organisers can submit concepts for one-day events of any genre with free admission, which take up the general theme of the festival “Diversity” and take place in the second half of August 2022.

An independent jury to be appointed will select 3 concepts, each of which will receive a programming grant of EUR 3,000.

Any additional funding, through grants or sponsorships, is possible. The deadline for submission is 31 May 2022.

Please use the form below for submission:

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17. February 2022

The open application for Waves Festival 2022 happening from 8th to 10th of September 2022 is open now on gigmit until 31st of May 2022. From all applications on gigmit we invite 10 acts to perform at the festival this year.


The package for performing acts includes:

Artist fee: € 250 (no artist tax applies) 
Hotel: travelling party on show day 
Catering: travelling party on show day 
Pro Pass: 3 per band * 
Festival Pass: each travelling party 
Backline: basic at venue (Drum kit, bass amp, guitar amp) 
Travel costs: none

*In addition to the fee, the artist/band will receive 3x Pro Pass worth 297€. 
With a Pro Pass you have access to the festival and the entire conference. The conference part includes panels with national and international professionals, receptions, speed meetings, delegates tour through Vienna (capacity limited!).


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