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).