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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.



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. Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference 2019 takes place from September 26 -28. 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.

XA – Music Export Award

For the third time this year, the “XA – Music Export Award” will be presented as a part of Waves Vienna. The nominees will be presented shortly. Stay tuned for Austria´s most exciting up-and-coming acts!

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.

Waves Vienna Music Conference 2018 (c) Jana Sabo
Waves Vienna Music Conference 2018 (c) Jana Sabo

Austrian Artists at WAVES VIENNA 2019

Each year, Waves Vienna offers a chance for the Austrian music scene to mix and mingle with music professionals from all over the world. Up-and coming Austrian bands share the stage with internationally acclaimed artists. Let´s reveal a few local highlights by naming Sketches On Duality, Marie or Titus Probst. For the audience, this is also the right time to discover fresh live music in Vienna´s 9th district. Stay surprised!

About Waves Vienna 2019: Music Festival & Conference

At the end of September, the Waves Vienna festival will once again make Vienna’s ninth district a hotspot for musicians and music fans from all over the world. About 100 acts will perform in the festival headquarters, the WUK, and in surrounding locations. The showcase festival offers a wide range of genres and a stage for new international and local artists alongside established acts like Iris Gold (DK) or Shortparis (RU). More than just a festival, Waves Vienna is a music business conference and offers workshops, panels and a lot of networking sessions. For more information, tickets and news please visit www.wavesvienna.com.


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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

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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-festivals.eu/pro/.
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.


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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!


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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.


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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: https://www.ines-festivals.eu/festivals/focus-wales-2019/


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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.


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