Waves 2020 – Update

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.


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