3. October 2019

The XA – Music Export Award was presented for the third time at the Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference 2019. The dream pop duo ANGER emerged as the winner among seven nominated acts.

Anger consists of Julian Angerer and Nora Pider, both originally from Brixen, South Tyrol. The dream pop duo moved to Vienna and brought a beautifully melancholic mood with them, accented with a soft Italian flair. Anger describes their own story in just a few, but strong words: “Emo-Boy meets cool skater girl. They don’t like each other, of course. Eventually they become friends, then a couple. And then a band.”

After a couple of festival shows in 2019, including Maifeld Derby (DE), Frequency Festival (AT), Sonar Festival (ES), the renowned Reeperbahn Festival (DE), and Waves Vienna (AT), Anger already got a taste of performing on international festival stages. In their songs Anger deals with the big emotional topics, moving between love and anger, party mood and Sunday depression. Last but not least, the duo also gives a voice to the generation of the so-called millenials. On September 20th the duo Anger released their debut album „Heart / Break“ on Phat Penguin Records.

Don’t be afraid of the future Baby

ANGER about the XA-Music Export Award:“We are really very happy about receiving this award. It is not only a tribute to our work, but also another proof that we are on the right track. Of course we are also very happy that we could convince the international jury and win the audience with our show and our sound. We are also big fans of the two previous bands DIVES [XA 2018] and CARICARI [XA 2017] and gladly join the list of XA-Music Export Award winners. We are looking forward to an exciting year with many shows abroad, hoping to be able to carry our music as far as possible and to reach as many people as possible. And as it says in our song “Future”: “Keine Angst vor the Future Baby.” [Don’t be afraid of the future Baby. Note] (Nora + Julian)

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 Austrian Music Export, Radio FM4 and Waves Vienna to support the respective winner through expertise and international networks in the following year, for example through exchange at partner festivals.


3. October 2019

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. 15.000 people, among them 1000 representatives of the international music industry, responded the call and enjoyed the ninth edition of Vienna’s Showcase Festival.

Besides newcomer acts from various genres already established acts like Marissa Nadler or Shortparis were part of Waves’ line up. The Russian avantgarde band surprised with experimental and performative sound theater. The performance of neoclassical composer and piano player Martin Kohlstedt left the audience with goose pumps. Alyona Alyona, a very promising hip hop artist from the Ukraine made the festival guests at the Ottakringer Stage at HLMW9 dance and go wild. The school for fashion and tourism hosted four different stages. “Also next year for our 10 year anniversary we intend to stay in the ninth district in the surroundings of WUK”, reveals Thomas Heher, the festival director. Of course there will be a lot of innovations as well – but those stay a secret for now. A shout out to the national and international festival audience – numerous festival visitors came from abroad – to stay tunes and catch the the next Wave(s).


23. September 2019

Famous record store Schallter usually resides in Westbahnstrasse 13 in Vienna’s 7th district. For Waves Vienna it pops up with a very special store at our Ticketmaster Lounge @ Project Room.

On every festival day between 20:00 and 00:00 you can browse the finest vinyls and buy some stuff of acts performing at Waves Vienna.

In addition all Waves Vienna 2019 gig posters produced by buero butter including artists like Chastity Belt (US), Dan Mangan (CA), Marissa Nadler (US), International Music (DE), Friedberg (UK), Paula Valstein (IL), Alli Neumann (DE), Shortparis (RU) and Alyona Alyona (UA) will be available at the Schallter Store.



22. September 2019

With your Waves Vienna Festival wristband you get lots of specials and discounts at shops and restaurants around the Festival Centre WUK. The special offers are only available from 26.-28.SEP.2019 with your Waves Vienna Festival wristband.

Café Weimar,
Währinger Straße 68, 8:00-21:00

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 main dish or piece of cake you get a free coffee! 

Das Kafa, Währinger Straße 66,
Thu & Fri 8:00-18:00, Sat 8:00-17:00

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 (except filter coffee) with your Waves wristband.

Statt Beisl, Währinger Straße 59,
Thu 11:00–02:00, Fri 11:00–4:00,
Sat 17:00–4:00

Legendary Statt-Beisl at WUK will not only host concerts, but also supplies 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!

Ristorante Francesco, Währinger Straße 66
11:00–0:00, meals served until 23:00

Apart from the quality of the ingredients, fresh preparation, the variety of the dishes is another great reason to enjoy Italian cuisine at Restaurante Francesco. The chef created exclusivly a veggie “Waves pasta” for 12 € and you can get the Pizza Francesco for € 9,50 instead of € 12,50.

Süsses Eck Währinger Straße 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 over 140 varieties of liquorice!


20. September 2019

In 2016, Waves selected Israel (and Germany) as its focus country, showcasing many of Israel’s newest and edgiest musicians in their European debut. This year the tradition continues, as the next wave of Israeli music is coming to Waves Vienna 2019. At the Reception on Thursday, 26.SEP.2019 from 18:30-19:30 at Ticketmaster Lounge @ WUK Project Room Israeli pop singer Sabina, a 2015 Waves Vienna alumni, will perform a 20 min semi-acoustic live-set. Everyone is more than welcome, so drop by, have a drink, listen to some great music, and mingle with the Israeli musicians in an intimate and informal atmosphere.

Please be aware that this is a Conference Event and can be attended with a Conference Pass or a Pro Pass only.

Israeli shows at Waves Vienna 2019

Alon Lotringer (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 18:45-19:30, Aula

As a singer/songwriter, composer, producer and multi- instrumentalist Alon Lotringer has become prominent part of the Israeli music scene in the past few years.He was first acknowledged with his band “Moora”, leading the group on vocals and bass alongside Omer Klein and Shachar Barabash. Shortly after, Lotringer released his first Hebrew solo album, the critically acclaimed “In a Grey Turquoise Forest”. 

Paula Valstein (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 20:00-20:45, HAKUMA Stage

Tel Aviv-born pianist singer/songwriter Paula Valstein matches her rich voice with a powerful sense of songwriting. The artist who has been working in New York and performed for music lovers worldwide, creates dramatic pop tunes that are driven by twisty melodies.

Lara Snow (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 21:15-22:00, HAKUMA Stage

Lara Snow is the music project by Valery Sherman and Jonatan Harpak from Tel Aviv. With an extremely feminine and almost girl-like voice, Valery takes one from softly sung lyrics to rebellious rap phrases, which are musically held together with dramatic, dance-evoking beats.

Sabina (IL)

FRI 27.SEP. 22:45-23:30, Ottakringer Stage

Sabina released her album, Purple Ribbons, which was produced by the well-known Israeli music producer Yossi Mizrachi, and the acclaimed international producers – John Ho and Warren Huart in LA. The album deals with Sabina’s life, from her childhood in Stuttgart Germany, Hollywood career up till today in Israel, as an artist, social activist and a mother. Over the past 5 years, Sabina has performed with some of the Israel’s biggest acts (Adi Ulmansky, Yirmi Kaplan) as well as featuring in Vienna’s Waves Festival as a performer and main presenter. Her video clips were broadcast widely on the European channel OUT TV (the leading European life style channel). On ILTV television channel, Sabina was introduced as “The upcoming and talented singer songwriter Sabina”. Throughout her career, Sabina has written and composed her own songs, some of which have been produced by Luis Lahav (who worked with Bruce Springsteen). Sabina has recently collaborated with the upcoming New York producer Stavros on a remix that will be released in the Fall 2019. Sabina will be returning to the Waves Festival in September 2019. Her new material fuses together the Eastern and Western in uences on her life, resulting in a unique composition style that makes for memorable performances in her live concerts. This will be the second time that Sabina has been asked to be a creative consultant with regards to showcasing Israeli artists at Waves. Sabina writes and sings in 4 languages: English, German, French and Hebrew. She is involve in non-pro t organization “Turning The Tables”, which helps women leave the cycle of prostitution. Together with some of the leading women vocal artists in Israel, SABINA performed in a concert celebrating International Women’s Day with Yael Deckelbaum, Lola Marsh, and Jane Bordeaux. Sabina was recently appointed a Board Member of “AmericanVoices” in Israel. Recently, Sabina was chosen to sing and act in a new Israeli childrens’ film.


18. September 2019

Nominees include Keke, Elis Noa and Sketches on Duality. Jury evaluation and award ceremony at the Waves Vienna Music Festival.

For the third consecutive year the music export prize “XA” will be awarded within the Waves Vienna Music Festival. The award is an initiative of Austrian Music Export, SKE Fonds, Radio FM4 and Waves Vienna. Seven nominees have the chance to win the award and will be judged during their performance at the festival. The winner will receive prize money of 3,500 euros and the assurance of Austrian Music Export, FM4 and Waves Vienna to support the Act in the following year – among other things by integrating it into partner festivals and showcases.

Seven nominees, five jury members and 26 Austrian Bands at Waves Vienna 2019

More than 100 Bands will perform at this year’s edition of Waves Vienna Festival of which nearly 30 are from Austria! Seven out of these national musical newcomers are nominated for the export award: the young rapper Keke, singer-songwriter Bernhard Eder, soul/hip hop singer Soia, trip hop newcomer Elis Noa, hip hop/spoken word/jazz quintet Sketches On Duality, “sky gazer“ Good Willson and dream pop duo Anger.

During the three festival days, the performances of the nominated bands will be judged by a jury of experts. The jury is formed by three international jury members: Oskar Strajn (Eurosonic Noorderslag), Andraz Kajzer (Ment Ljubljana), Gorjana Jordanovska (Password Productions, Pin Festival), as well as the local Jurors Susi Ondrusova (FM4) and Lea Spiegel (SAE). After all the votes have been cast, the prize will be presented to the winning band on the last day of the festival, Saturday, 28 September, at 10:30 pm at WUK.

A Springboard for Austrian Talent

The surf-rock trio Dives, which emerged as the winner of the 2nd XA Music Export Award in 2018, went on to became one of the “Focus Acts 2019”. An new album is due to be released in November 2019 and the band will also perform at this year´s Viva Sounds Festival in Sweden.