14. July 2020

In the last few months we have worked out and played through a multitude of possibilities and concept variations – up to and including a local relocation of the festival!
Unfortunately, the Corona-related conditions that would apply to our Waves alternative scenarios also make it economically impossible for us to realize the live part of the festival. Therefore we had to decide with a heavy heart to limit the Waves Festival this year to the Hybrid-Conference and the planned concert streaming with public viewing in the WUK-Hof.

But we are not discouraged, we are already working on a program for 2021 that will compensate for the Covid year 2020!


We have invited numerous national and international acts to participate in the Waves Festival 2020 via stream. The online channels are available with a pay as you wish streaming ticket, which you can get here, and will offer about 50 shows. The streaming acts can be viewed here on the line-up page.

Concerning the restrictions resulting from Corona, we would like to ask you to keep an eye on our Corona FAQs, which we constantly update and respond to new developments.


14. July 2020

Due to the Corona crisis, the Waves Festival 2020 will take place in a strongly changed form. More details here.

Of course, we want to offer all ticket purchasers various possibilities of how to deal with tickets that have already been purchased. Please understand that due to logistical reasons we can only consider your requests for an exchange of tickets until August 10th, 2020.

  1. Exchange to 2021 Waves Festival Passes including all Early Bird variants can be exchanged for a 2021 Festival Ticket. The 2021 Waves Festival will take place from 9-11 September, 2021. To initiate the exchange, please send us your PDF ticket or the order confirmation email stating that you would like to exchange your ticket for 2021 to ticketing@wavesvienna.com
  2. Exchange to Corona Goodie Bag To give you a little festival feeling at home, we will produce a Corona Goodie Bag. The chic jute bag in our new design will of course include our exclusive 12″ vinyl, produced especially for Waves 2020 and not available in stores, with tracks from all this year’s Export Award XA nominees – the nominees will be announced by the end of July -, the special edition of The Gap Waves Festival and some surprise goodies. To initiate the exchange, please send us your PDF ticket or the e-mail with the order confirmation stating that you want to exchange your ticket for the Corona Goodie Bag to ticketing@wavesvienna.com. We will gladly send the bag by mail within Austria for free. If you decide to pick up your bag at the WUK during the festival days, you will receive a drinks package for the festival feeling at home.
  3. Exchange Public Viewing Ticket On all three days of the festival we offer a public viewing of a curated selection of our streamed shows in the courtyard of the WUK. By exchanging your festival pass you can secure one of the strictly limited tickets for the WUK. To initiate the exchange, please send us your PDF-ticket or the e-mail with the order confirmation stating that you want to exchange your ticket for a public viewing ticket to ticketing@wavesvienna.com. Only while stocks last!

If you do not contact us with an exchange request by August 10, 2020, your ticket will automatically be exchanged for a 2021 Festival Pass.

Please note that we can only consider your exchange request per order. For example, only all tickets in one order can be exchanged for one goodie bag each or all tickets can be exchanged for one Festival Pass for 2021.

In all cases, your existing ticket will be converted into a steaming ticket that allows you to access our streaming channels by logging on to our website.


3. June 2020

Planning a festival in 2020: Which topics will concern us? What will be true and vital this autumn? What rules, regulations and recommendations will apply? What do we need? What do we want? What do we fear?

After countless ideas, discarded concepts, worries, hopes, and fresh starts, one thing is obvious: we have to stay flexible; keep to work on several alternatives at the same time; go with the waves.

We hope to spend some intense, inspiring festival days together with you in September. This will be the 10th edition of Waves Festival, and we have been thinking of many beautiful things to surprise you with for this anniversary.

However, some of these ideas will arguably only be realised next year. Some of them will probably –hopefully– still be implemented. So as to to share our current plans and thoughts with you as transparently as possible, an update with details follows beneath.

The Status Quo

Considering the Corona epidemic we’ve spent the past months developing various scenarios how to implement and transform Waves 2020 in such a way that it can be a source of new music inspiration, a good networking platform, an exciting panel offering, or just a nice festival for everyone involved, despite all limitations.
The effects of the current regulations such as distance rules, prescribed seating, fixed traffic routes, limited bar operations are not only uneconomical, they are just life-threatening for a small company like ours.

That’s why Waves 2020 will be different: digital + analog = hybrid.

We’ll be streaming, we’ll be offering public viewing, and we’ll also implement a variety of live elements.

The Festival In Detail

Streaming Waves – in 2020 you will not be able to enjoy concerts of national and international newcomers and headliners in different venues, but on different channels via stream. Multi-channel stream event instead of multi-venue, in a manner of speaking. From 10th to 12th September 2020, around 70 acts will be playing on several channels.

There will be fine live shows streamed from the Big Hall at WUK, and also concerts at special places in Vienna which were preproduced in co-operaton with the TV station W24. Thus a diverse series of concerts is created, augmented with many shows by international acts from their respective hometowns. Another channel will provide interviews, backstage reports, and features.

Public viewing – according to current regulations this will be possible. In addition to streaming, we’ll offer public viewing at the WUK Yard and, if possible and required, at one more open-air location. You can reserve a complimentary seat to enjoy the programme shown on several screens. Bar service will be available, face coverings will not be compulsory.

Live shows – we are constantly following the development and we work on implementation variants.

The Conference In Detail

The basis for the conference –  a varied conference program will be held in several rooms of the WUK with free admission. While moderators and local speakers participate in panels, workshops, and meetings on site, we connect international speakers and panelists via video conference.

Participating in the conference – while all conference content can be accessed via video conference at any time, it will be possible for a limited number of participants to be present directly in the conference rooms.

Ride the Waves

Obviously we will keep ourselves informed about any relaxation of the regulations regarding further possibilities to attend live shows. Everything feasible for us in terms of organisation and naturally financially, we will of course follow up and inform you.


3. June 2020

We are super happy to present you the first 28 acts we gonna see on site or on screen of Waves 2020 (in alphabetical order):

:aexattack (AT)
7AM INES#talent (SI)
Bagage (AT)
Balans INES#talent (SI)
Bokka INES#talent (PL)
Das bisschen Totschlag INES#talent (DE)
Downers & Milk (AT)
Eugenia Post Meridiem INES#talent (IT)
Franz Fuexe (AT)
Gigi Masin (IT)
Happyness (UK)
June Cocó INES#talent (DE)
Karpov Not Kasparov INES#talent (RO)
Löwe Löwe (AT)
Misia Furtak INES#talent (PL)
Nürnberg (BY)
Petra und der Wolf (AT)
Rey Lenon (DE)
Rosemary Loves A Blackberry (RU)
Sam Florian INES#talent (SE)
Shelter Boy (DE)
Shishi INES#talent (LT)
Sofie & Cult Survivors (AT)
Sumie (SE)
Swutscher (DE)
The Bad Tones (LV)
Weed & Dolphins (BY)
Zimbru INES#talent (RO)

And here’s our Youtube– and Spotify Playlist.


3. June 2020

“East meets West” is also the motto of the festival’s focus countries in 2020: 

On the one hand, we are focusing on the United Kingdom. The motherland of pop music is currently saying goodbye to the European Union. What consequences will the Brexit have for the music industry? We will try to discuss this and much more at this year’s conference. As part of our focus on the UK, we will also have the festivals Wide Days, Focus Wales and The Great Escape as guests at the conference, in order to get to know their events better, but also to hear their views and approaches to the topics of corona and Brexit.

The Ukraine is the second focus country: the second largest country in Europe after Russia, it has almost five times as many inhabitants as Austria, could win the Song Contest in 2014 and has an up-and-coming music scene. Already a few years ago, we became aware of the bustling and incredibly diverse music scene in the Ukraine, which could be seen in some very fine bookings for the Waves Festival.

Alyona Alyona @ Waves 2019 (c) Patrick Münnich

Preliminary highlight was a first showcase in 2019, among others with Alyona Alyona (right in the picture) including a networking reception of the still very young but highly motivated Music Export Ukraine on Waves. Both together made us invite the Ukraine as guest country for 2020.

“It is a great honor for us to represent Ukraine as a focus country at the Waves Vienna in 2020 in the second year of our participation in the festival. Although the event will be held mostly online, we will do our best to make the experience of meeting Ukrainian music as exciting for the audience as possible. Also, we hope that our cooperation with Waves Vienna will continue, and we will meet all our international colleagues in Austria in further years”.  
Iryna Prokofieva, Head of Programmes Ukrainian Institute

“The first time I’ve been to Waves in 2015. Barely any people knew something about Ukrainian music back then. 5 years later Ukraine is a focus country. We are very proud of our talents to make this kind of progress with their music and happy that we’re with Ukrainian Institute have an opportunity to support them at the institutional level!”
Dartsya Tarkovska, Co-founder Music Export Ukraine

“The British Music Industry has always been an international business with UK acts regularly being the biggest selling artists in the world. We are delighted to be speaking at the Waves Vienna conference to help delegates understand more about the British Music Industry; this is even more important now as the world is experiencing some unsettling times and mutual understanding of the global music industry is the key to success for everyone.”
Chris Tams, British Phono Industry, BPI


21. April 2020

Dear lovely people,

these are crazy times we live in and some of you may have asked themself if WAVES VIENNA will happen in September.

Currently the situation in Austria is that no festivals are permitted until 31st of August 2020. We don’t have any information about events or festivals in September yet. And there’s no information about any travel bans or restrictions for fall by now too.

But one thing is for sure: WAVES VIENNA 2020 won’t be the same as in the past years. The Corona crises hopefully may go down in September but won’t be gone. Even if events and festivals are going to happen, there will be restrictions and constraints. Of course we hope that WAVES VIENNA 2020 can be realized as close as possible to the past editions but the health and safety of our visitors and all who work for the festival are the most important thing.

Because of that we work on various alternatives for WAVES VIENNA 2020 to be prepared as soon we get more information from official side how to move on with our plans for the festival and conference.

Our ideas and approach reach from concerts and panels with audience or only a few visitors to a complete online festival. In any case we will do everything in our power to create a great and attractive festival and conference for all you visitors and professionals.

See you on 10th of September!

Your Waves Vienna team


9. January 2020

The application for the 10th anniversary edition of Waves Vienna is open from now on. Just register for free on gigmit and apply to play at Waves Vienna from 10.-12.SEP.2020.

Please keep in mind that we do not accept applications by mail, instagram or facebook. From the open call via gigmit we select at least 10 acts to perform at Waves Vienna 2020. All the best! The application ends on 15th of June 2020.


27. November 2019

The pre sale for the 10th edition of Waves Vienna starts on November 28th at 1pm.

Waves Vienna 2020 takes place from 10.-12.SEP.2020 in an around WUK.

The Super Early Bird ticket for EUR 15 is limited to 111 pcs.
The Early Bird ticket for EUR 25 is limited to 555 pcs.

After them selling out the Festival Pass for EUR 37 becomes available.

All of these tickets include access to all shows of Waves Music Festival from 10.-12.SEP.2020.

Tickets can be bought directly here.


27. November 2019

We’re super proud to present our official After Movie for Waves Vienna 2019. Thanks a million to the lovely people at buero butter for thier great work and to the band Anger, the winners of the Export Award XA 2019 for the Song “Baby”.