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14. August 2019

Waves Vienna 2019 is coming closer and we want to help you make your journey and stay as smooth as possible. After booking your flight – using the special Waves Vienna discount for Austrian Airlines – or train ticket, you’ll need place to stay in Vienna and we have the perfekt recommendation for you :

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 Ruby Hotels in Vienna, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg, with more under construction or in planning.

Also we are more than happy that we will once again 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
Ruby Sofie Hotel Vienna
Marxergasse 17
1030 Vienna  
Ruby Lissi Hotel Vienna
Laurenzerberg 2 / Fleischmarkt 19
1010 Vienna


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1. August 2019

We are adding another 33 (!!!) acts from 12 different countries to the festival line up – introducing special showcases such as Rola Music Night, BY-ON, pop NRW and BaWü – and we are revealing the daily line up for the first 78 announced acts! Find the detailed line up for thursday, friday and saturday here!

33 NEW ACTS:

[O] (UA)
AlIi Neumann (DE)
Fox & Bones (US) – Rola Music Night
Friedberg (AT)
Hayley Reardon (US) – Rola Music Night
Ikan Hyu (CH)
International Music (DE) – popNRW
Ivan & The Parazol (HU)
Juicy (BE)
Keke (AT)
Linn Koch-Emmery (SE)
Long Tall Jefferson (CH)
Manx (SE)
Mark Peters (UK) – Rola Music Night
Matija (DE) – BY-ON
Mayberian Sanskülotts (HU)
Middlemist Red (HU)
Mola (DE) – BY-ON
Platon Karataev (HU) – INES#talent
Rebecca Lou (DK)
Sladek (AT)
Sabina (IL)
Sasha Boole (UA)
Soia (AT) – INES#talent
Strandhase (AT)
Telquist (DE) – BY-ON
The Qualitons (HU)
The Screenshots (DE) – popNRW
Tik Tu (UA)
To Be We (DE) – BaWü
Two Year Vacation (SE)
Worth (US) – Rola Music Night
Zalagasper (SI) – INES#talent

Stay tuned for some more surprises in the next few month!

For a first impression have a look at our announcement trailer and keep updated on our website and on facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Waves Vienna 2019 from 26th to 28th of September 2019. Get your tickets now!


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1. August 2019

We are more than happy to welcome HAKUMA as this year’s mainsponsor of Waves Vienna – they are the winners of our third mainsponsor tombola!

The whole tea brand was founded in 2016 by three young Austrian entrepreneurs and is mostly known for its Matcha Ice Tea but the new editions HAKUMA Bitter and HAKUMA Spice are just as tasty!

The new mainsponsor HAKUMA. Foto (c) HAKUMA

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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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1. July 2019

INES#talent is a programme enabling promising talents from all participating countries to advance their international careers by performing at showcase festivals all over Europe. By being nominated as INES#talent, you can maximise your chances to be booked and play at 18 different INES showcase festivals, such as c/o pop Festival, MENT Ljubljana, Monkey Week, Liverpool Sound City and of course Waves Vienna.

This year 125 talents will be chosen as INES#talents to play some of over 130 performance slots reserved only for them. Artists who get booked for an INES festival will get a min. fee of 250€, plus accommodation, festival passes & one conference ticket. Apply now to become INES#talent 2020 here: ➡️ http://bit.ly/2XCHNyn ⬅️

Applications close on the 27th of August!

List of all the members: gigmit, Budapest Showcase Hub, PIN Music Conference, Enea Spring Break Festival, FOCUS Wales, Linecheck, LIVE AT HEART, m4music Festival, Mastering the Music Business, Nouvelle Prague, Sharpe Festival, Sonic Visions, Westway LAB, What’s Next in Music?, Waves Vienna, Monkey Week, Liverpool Sound City, c/o pop Festival, MENT Ljubljana and Kontakt Beograd!


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25. June 2019

We are adding another 25 acts to our line-up making it a total of 45 artists for now! We are super happy that 20 (!) of those artists are Austrian new comers – proofing once again the high quality of the Austrian music scene!

Alyona Alyona (UA)
Anger (AT)
Atzur (AT)
Bernhard Eder (AT) – MONKEY.BUSINESS
Chastity Belt (US)
Das Moped (DE)
Drahthaus (AT) – MONKEY.BUSINESS & INES#talent
Elis Noa (AT)
Good Wilson (AT)
Go! Go! Gorillo (AT) – MONKEY.BUSINESS
Ina West (PL) – INES#talent
Kristoff (AT) – MONKEY.BUSINESS
Lisa Pac (AT)
Little Element (AT) – INES#talent
Marissa Nadler (US)
Miblu (AT)
Noair (SI) – INES#talent
Oehl (AT)
On Bells (AT) – MONKEY.BUSINESS
Petrol Girls (AT)
Pippa (AT)
The Blinders (UK)
The Happy Sun (AT) – MONKEY.BUSINESS
Those Goddamn Hippies (AT)
TinTin (DE)

Stay tuned for some more surprises in the next few month!

For a first impression have a look at our announcement trailer and keep updated on our website and on facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Waves Vienna 2019 from 26th to 28th of September 2019. Get your tickets now – for only 47 EUR till 31st of July.


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25. June 2019

In September 2019 the Waves Vienna Music Conference, organized by Waves Vienna and Austrian Music Export, will take place for the ninth 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. This year´s Focus Countries are Sweden and Hungary.

Waves Vienna Music Conference 2019: First topics

Each year we compile a conference program that is supposed to cover current topics in music industry. Among the first topics of the Waves Vienna Music Conference 2019 are: A Pop-Up Session with Laibach’s Ivan Novak, How to Deal with Content of Dubious Performers, Challenges Entering Asian Music Markets, a presentation of the results of the CEEMID – Music Professional Survey and Women in Live Music Production.

We’re excited about having Ivan Novak of Slovenian retroavantgarde band Laibach to talk about their career out of a country with hardly any national structures equipped for reaching international audiences. The conference program will also address current issues in the music industry: Do content providers, like streaming platforms or radio stations, have the moral right or even an obligation to remove the repertoire of shady people? What are the challenges entering Asian music markets? How is the situation for women in live music production? Furthermore there will be presentations of new tools and studies, as the results of the CEEMID Music Professional Survey for 2019, and a lot of networking sessions and speed meetings with international representatives of the music industry.

Sweden and Hungary as focus countries in 2019

True to the motto “East Meets West”, there will be two focus countries again, one from the east – Hungary – and one from the west – Sweden.
Since at least the worldwide success 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 promising 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 strengthen this relationship and get to know the music scene of our neighbors even better! Hungary offers a very lively and young music scene and a diverse festival landscape, including the renowned Volt Festival, Balaton Sound and of course the biggest Hungarian festival, Sziget.

Waves Vienna 2019 will provide a focus on artists from these countries in the live program. The Waves Vienna Music Conference will furthermore devote a part of its program to the respective music markets and scenes of these two countries.


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21. May 2019

We are more than happy to present to you the first 20 artists to play the 9th edition of Waves Vienna from 26th to 28th of September 2019:

Bee Bee See (IT) – INES#talent
Cassia (UK)
Dan Mangan (CA)
Do Nothing (UK)
Iris Gold (DK)
John Moods (DE)
Marie (AT)
Melby (SE)
MNNQNS (FR)
One Sentence. Supervisor (CH)
Penelope Isles (UK)
Perfect Son (PL)
Shortparis (RU)
Sketches On Duality (AT) – INES#talent
The Magnettes (SE) – INES#talent
The Stroppies (AU)
Titus Probst (AT)
Vera Jonas Experiment (HU)
Vögel die Erde essen (DE)
World Brain (FR)

Stay tuned for some more surprises in the next few month!

For a first impression have a look at our announcement trailer and keep updated on our website and on facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Waves Vienna 2019 from 26th to 28th of September 2019. Get your tickets now – for only 47 EUR till 31st of July.


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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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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