XA – Music Export Award 2019

KeKe © Mom I Made It
KeKe © Mom I Made It

XA – Music Export Award as springboard for Austrian newcomer bands: Nominees 2019 include KeKe, Elis Noa and Sketches on Duality. Jury evaluation and award ceremony at the Waves Vienna Music Festival 2019.

For the third consecutive year the music export prize “XA Music Export Award” will be awarded at 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. In addition to a monetary reward of 3,500 EUR, the winner is supported by the award partners Austrian Music Export, Radio FM4 and Waves Vienna – among other things by presenting the act to partner festivals and showcase events.

Seven nominees at Waves Vienna 2019

Seven artists were nominated for this year’s award from the 26 Austrian bands performing at Waves Festival:
the young rapper Keke, singer-songwriter Bernhard Eder, soul/hip hop singer SOIA, trip-hop newcomers Elis Noa, hip hop/spoken word/jazz quintet Sketches On Duality, “sky gazers” Good Wilson and dream pop duo Anger.

During the three festival days, the performances of the nominated bands will be monitored by a jury of experts. The jury consists of the 3  international members Gorjana Jordanovska (Password Production, MK), Andraz Kajzer (MENT Ljubljana, SI) & Oskar Strajn (Eurosonic Noorderslag, NL),  and Susi Ondrusova (FM4) and Lea Spiegl (SAE institute) as local jurors. After all the votes have been cast, the prize will be presented to the winning band on Saturday 28, at 22:30h at WUK´s mainstage.

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.

DIVES XA-Music Export Award winner 2108 © Christina Pikl / Waves Vienna


Austrian Artists at Waves Vienna

At Waves Vienna the audience is invited to discover nearly 30 fresh acts from Austria throughout the festival. Meet Anger, Atzur, Bernhard Eder, Drahthaus, Elis Noa, Friedberg, Go! Go! Gorillo, Good Wilson, Jeremy Pascal, Keke, Kerosin95, Kristoff, Lisa Pac, Little Element, Marie, Miblu, On Bells, Petrol Girls, Pippa, Sketches On Duality, Sladek, Soia, Strandhase, The Happy Sun, Those Goddamn Hippies, Titus Probst and see what Austria’s vivid music scene has to offer.

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