First Acts for Waves Festival 2021 Announced! …Applications still open!


The Vienna Waves Festival and Conference 2021 is already taking flight with its arrival date planned for September 9th-11th! Exactly how and where it will land, is TBD. However, what’s for sure is that it’s happening, and the first acts are already set!

Current plan for Waves 2021 with Covid-19

There is still the question of how Waves Festival 2021 will be able to look like in early September, what is the plan, what do we have in mind. In fact, at the beginning of May we can’t even guess now what the situation will be at the beginning of September 2021 in relation to Covid-19. We are currently planning a full edition of the Waves Festival for the 9th to 11th of September 2021. Of course, nothing is certain, but we have thought of various safety precautions and also several alternatives in the planning to be able to react to any developments, including restrictions and requirements, during the summer.

One of them includes a conversion to a hybrid or purely online version of the festival, which we unfortunately already experienced last year. In the course of this, there would also be an offer to ticket buyers to exchange purchased tickets for next year if the alternative variant of the festival does not appeal to them.

Stay tuned for further developments on the website, via newsletter and on social media!

Waves 2020 (c) Alexander Galler

First acts for Waves Festival 2021

We are happy to announce our first 13 acts for this years Waves Festival edition!

Casper Clausen (DK) ETEP
Dino Brandão (CH)
Discovery Zone (DE) ETEP
Downers & Milk (AT)
Earl Mobley (AT)
Faux Real (FR) ETEP
Florence Arman (AT)
GØRL (AT)
June Cocó (DE) INES#talent
Kiwi Jr. (CA)
Ruhmer (AT)
Sparkling (DE) INES#talent
Takeshi’s Cashew (AT)

Applications for Waves 2021 are still open!

The application for the 11th edition of Waves Festival is still open. You may register on Gigmit and apply to perform at Waves Festival 2021 taking place on September 9-11.

Please keep in mind that applications via Instagram or Facebook are not accepted. From the open call via Gigmit at least 10 acts are selected to perform at Waves Vienna 2021. All the best! The application ends on 5th of July 2021, 00:00.

Waves 2020 (c) Alexander Galler

Waves Conference focuses on the Danube Region

This year’s conference programme takes up the festival’s focus on the Danube region and understands it not as a pandemic-related restriction but as an overdue, in-depth examination of the macro-region of the countries along the Danube.

Experts from the Danube countries Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will present their music markets and discuss cross-border topics.
The engagement with this region serves economic and cultural interests. On the one hand, regional cooperation aims to overcome the prevailing differences in economic performance and thus play a significant role as a strong region within a pan-European music export strategy that also addresses non-European music markets. Furthermore, there are long historical cultural relations within the Danube region that still lead to exciting musical projects today.

International festivals and conferences usually focus on the big players. The most successful festivals, labels and agencies of the world’s largest music markets. The thematic concentration on one region allows a closer look at the diverse scenes and the players on several levels. For the participants of the conference and for the acts who can be seen live at the festival, this should result in realistic and promising opportunities to find future contact and cooperation partners in the various networking formats within the framework of the conference.

Festival and Conference Tickets

Until 15 May 2021, Festival Passes are still available for EUR 37. After that, the price will rise to EUR 49.
They are valid for all 3 festival days.

The Conference Ticket (without Festival) costs EUR 38 until 15 May 2021, afterwards EUR 50, the Pro Pass (Festival+Conference) costs EUR 65 until 15 May 2021, afterwards EUR 75.

Click here for ticketing for the Festival
And here to the ticketing for the Conference


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