28. February 2019

It only started just over a year ago, but already Europe’s new network of showcase festivals has almost doubled in size. This year, as of now, five new members have joined the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES). Another five members had already joined the network in 2018. Together with the network’s founding members, INES now connects 18 of Europe’s most dynamic live music industry events.

The new members that have joined in 2019 are Mastering the Music Business (Romania), m4music (Switzerland), PIN Music Conference (North Macedonia), Sharpe Festival (Slovakia), and What’s Next in Music? (Lithuania).

The first of these kicks off in March, when m4music takes place in both Zürich and Lausanne. To celebrate their induction, Portuguese band and INES#talent member :papercutz have been invited to perform at the festival.

INES is a unique and dynamic platform that fosters exchange and interaction between Europe’s vital showcase festivals, which are small to medium events that combine live music performance with music business conferences. INES is co-funded by the Creative Europe program from the European Union. It includes actions to help artists and music business professionals develop their careers, cross borders for transnational growth, and embrace digitisation.

With the addition of new members, Europe’s music industry can enjoy even more interconnection and cooperation. More European musicians now have the chance to perform on stage at an international showcase festival. And more professionals can build cross-border contacts to create new business opportunities outside of their home markets.

The new INES members affirmed that joining the network will help them boost their local music industry by broadening opportunities for both artists and professionals:

“We were founded in 2016 with the aim of connecting local artists and music business professionals with their peers from all across Europe and increasing the mobility of Romanian musicians abroad. This is why becoming a member of Innovative Network of European Showcases (INES) is a very important step for us. We are very proud to be partners with all the other fantastic festival members of INES.“ – Carina Sava, Artist Manager, Mastering the Music Business, Romania (20-22 March 2019)

“Thanks to joining INES, the m4music festival team is happy to shake hands with musical friends from all over Europe. Music doesn’t know boundaries, and creativity has to be thought on local and global levels at the same time. Switzerland has a vibrant live music scene, and its professionals are keen on exchanging with partners from abroad.” – Philipp Schnyder, Festival Director, m4music Festival, Switzerland (14-16 March 2019)

“We are delighted to join INES and in that way to widen our international focus even more, which has always been one of the core goals of our event. With its programmes INES#festivals, INES#talent, INES#pro and INES#conference, it offers a perfect tool that will surely foster the exchange of our talents and future collaborations.” – Vilma Dzienaitė, Conference Program Manager, What’s Next in Music?, Lithuania (5-7 September 2019)

“In 2012 a group of perpetual enthusiasts formed The PIN conference, believing that one day it will become the essential catalyst for bettering the music scene in Macedonia and the region. By joining the INES Festivals Network, this vision has grown to become a real-time achievement. PIN is now ready to become the new boiling point of artist’s opportunities, music culture exchange, experiences and providing a positive reaction for the everlasting development process in the European Music Scene.” – Gorjana Jordanovska, PIN Music Conference, North Macedonia (28-30 November 2019)

The new members have already started to engage with the network by nominating artists to the INES#talent pool and opening calls. These new #talents will have the chance to perform at up to 18 showcase festivals in 2019, thus presenting themselves to an international audience and the international music industry

The complete list of INES members:

  1. c/o pop Festival & Convention, Germany
  2. Budapest Showcase Hub, Hungary
  3. Enea Spring Break, Poland
  4. FOCUS Wales, United Kingdom
  5. Linecheck, Italy
  6. Live at Heart, Sweden
  7. Liverpool Sound City, United Kingdom
  8. Mastering The Music Business, Romania
  9. MENT Ljubljana, Slovenia
  10. m4music, Switzerland
  11. Monkey Week, Spain
  12. Nouvelle Prague, Czechia
  13. PIN Music Conference, North Macedonia
  14. Sharpe Festival, Slovakia
  15. Sonic Visions, Luxembourg
  16. Waves Vienna, Austria
  17. Westway LAB, Portugal
  18. What’s Next in Music?, Lithuania


15. January 2019

You are a musician, booker oder band manager and want your act to play Waves Vienna 2019? Artist application is open now on Gigmit! Apply here and be part of the first and only showcase festival in Vienna and Austria: Waves Vienna ° 26. – 28.SEP.2019 °

You are a European music professional and want to visit Waves Vienna 2019 to attend the music conference? Apply here to be an INES#pro delegate at Waves Vienna or any other of the eight partner festivals of the Innovation Network of European Showcase Festivals supported by the Creative Europe Programm of the European Union:
INES#pro aims to support European music professionals to discover bands, create personal networks, be educated and craft powerful synergies by offering over 400 free accreditation passes for all INES showcase festivals and conferences around Europe .

Both artist and INES#pro application are open till 31st of May 2019.


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!


13. November 2018

Waves Vienna is nominated for this year’s European Festival Awards in two categories: Best Small Festival and Best Indoor Festival! And you can help us win – every single one of your votes brings us closer to making this happen! Public voting is open till November 30th: Vote for Waves Vienna here!

About the European Festival Awards :

Since its inception in 2009 the European Festival Awards are celebrating accomplishements of the European music industry in 15 categories. The Awards’ 10th edition will take place on January 16 2019 at De Oosterpoort, Groningen.


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:


3. October 2018

Last weekend Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference invited music lovers to discover 100 new acts and to take part in workshops, speed listenings and lectures. 14.000 people, among them 900 representatives of the international music industry, responded the call and enjoyed the eights edition of Vienna’s Showcase Festival.

Besides newcomer acts from various genres already established acts like UK indie rock band The Go! Team or Swedish artist Neneh Cherry were part of Waves’ line up. Neneh Cherry presented her new album that is going to be released in autumn and is produced by Massive Attack’s Four Tet and 3D. The Portuguese composer Rodrigo Leao impressed the audience not only with his distinguished band but also with a new stage show. WWWater from Belgium with Soulwax Drummer Steve Slingeneyer made the crowd dance in a fashion school.

Fesitval director Thomas Heher: „We feel that we have a strong and significant standing in the Austrian and international festival landscape.“ Numerous festival visitors came from abroad – from this year’s focus countries Portugal and Slovakia, from the UK, from Switzerland, Ukraine or the US.


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, 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.


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).


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.


2. October 2018

Several thousand bands and musicians from the participating 12 countries (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic) have applied for the second year of the INES#talent support program. Now the 104 new #talents have been announced – including Mavi Phoenix, Hope and ShaoDow!

Applications were being accepted until July 31, 2018 which were available to all bands and musicians from the participating countries. From all applications received, the festival partners have now nominated the best young musicians from their respective countries for INES#talent 2019. And now that three new members have been added into the network since this past June, INES#talents from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy will officially be there for the first time!

With INES#talent in 2019, the most promising young artists in Europe will have the chance to perform at up to 12 showcase festivals and thus present themselves to an international audience, but above all to the international music industry. Drahthaus, Dramas, Kids N Cats, Like Elephants, Little Element, Lulu Schmidt, Mavi Phoenix, Mickey, Mynth, Naked Cameo, Paenda, Please Madame, Pressyes, Sketches on Duality are the Austrian INES#talents for 2019!

A total of over 100 slots will be available exclusively for the sponsored artists at all participating events in the coming year.

The participating festivals are:

  • c/o pop, Germany
  • Budapest Showcase Hub, Hungary
  • Enea Spring Break, Poland
  • 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

The first cycle of the young talent promotion programme is still underway – with particularly successful participants such as We Bless This Mess, Cari Cari and Haiku Garden.

Further information about INES#talent can be found at:

INES is the European Showcase Festival Network that promotes the careers of artists and music professionals in the European markets. INES is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

Here’s a look at the nominations for INES#talents 2019

Drahthaus, Dramas, Kids N Cats, Like Elephants, Little Element, Lulu Schmidt, Mavi Phoenix, Mickey, Mynth, Naked Cameo, Paenda, Please Madame, Pressyes, Sketches on Duality

ÄTNA, Bellchild, Darjeeling, EAU ROUGE, Gabriel Vitel, Giant Rooks, Hope, Il Civetto, Inner Tongue, James Chatburn, Comfort Noise, O-Shin, Wooden Peak

Great Britain:
Berries, Calva Louise, Eckoes, Eyre Llew, Hey Charlie, Love Ssega, ShaoDow, She Drew The Gun, The Orielles, The Tea Street Band

Bee Bee Sea, DayKoda

Desdemonia, Fusion Bomb, Josh Island, Lost in Pain, Maz, Them Lights

Bokka, Dagadana, FFRANCIS, INA WEST, Izzy and the Black Trees, JANKA, Mateusz Franczak, Natalia Moskal, Rycerzyki, TROJ

Daily Misconceptions, ERMO, Fogo Fogo, Lucas, Mathilda, Mirror People, Mister Roland, O Gajo, Paraguaii, Surma

Adée, ANNELIE, Elin Namnieks Fränder, Ignore The Elephant, Loving Embers, Northlight, Oscar Soul Experience, Simon Alexander, Sofia Vivere,

Blaž, čunfa,Leni Kravac, Lynch, MRFY, Natriletno kolobarjenje s praho, NOAIR, Werefox, Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl, КУКЛА

Akkan, Amparito, Anita Kuruba, Baywaves, Los Wilds, Mounqup, Nuria Graham, Terry vs. Tori, The Parrots, The Wheels

Czech Republic:
Acute Dose, I Love You Honey Bunny, Lenny, Please The Trees, Zabelov Group,

Mörk, Platon Karataev, Vera Jonas Experiment


18. September 2018

With your Waves Vienna Festival wristband you get lots of specials and discounts at shops and restaurants around the Festival Centre WUK. Plese note, that these special offers are only available from 27.-29.SEP.2018 and are not valid for Day Passes.

Währinger Str. 47 Thu-Sat 11-22h
In an unprecedented pioneering achievement, the Schillingers gradually replace the traditionally meat-loving viennese cuisine with their vegan versions. Burger, sweet potato fries with a basil-lemon dip – and 10% off with your Waves bracelet.

Währinger Str. 66
Thu+Fri 8-18h, Sat 8-17h
Anyone who partied with us 2016 will probably have a déjà-vu feeling: Kafa has just moved into the then-Waves warm-up lounge and provides us with delicious coffee for tired dance feet. 10% off everything with your Waves wristband.

Währinger Str. 59
Thu 11-2h, Fri 11-4h, Sat 17-4h
Legendary Statt-Beisl at WUK will supply us with his delicous sandwiches (pulled brisket & mozarella), Viennese Craft Beer Domrep Pils and most important: a cake and coffee deal for € 3,80! Show your wristband to get special discounts!

Währinger Str. 66 Thu-Sat 11-24h
Apart from the quality of the ingredients fresh preparation and exclusive service, the variety of the dishes is another great reason to enjoy Italian cuisine at Restaurante Francesco. Exclusively for you, the chef himself created a veggie “Waves pasta” and you can get the Pizza Francesco for € 9,50 instead of € 12,50.

Währinger Str. 68, Thu-Sat 8-21h
Coffee, pastries, after-parties: for over a century Café Weimar has been very popular in Vienna. A historic authentic viennese café with lots of character, and the legendary nightclub Palme in the basement. With each piece of cake you get a free coffee!

Währinger Str. 65, Thu-Sat 10-19:30h
The family-run business has been feeding us with high quality sweets from around the world for more than 100 years. With your festival wristband you get 10% discount on 110 varieties of liquorice.


17. September 2018

We have a tiny suprise for you: With Josh. (AT) and Sage (FR) we are able to add another tow great acts to our line-up. Also we are super happy to present our DJ-Line-up for the aftershow parties at Palme, starting everyday at midnight:

Thursday, 27.09.2018 @ Palme
Disco Nostra (AT)

Friday, 28.09.2018 @ Palme
FM4  Night with Dalia Ahmed (AT) and Sebastian Schlachter (AT)

Saturday, 29.09.2018 @ Palme
Leitstrahl DJ Set (AT)
Mister Teaser (PT)

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