The third edition of Waves Bratislava has successfully ended. The multi-club showcase festival has attracted more than 3000 visitors daily and hosted almost 130 fresh European and local acts, performing at 13 venues in the very centre of the Slovak capital. The progressive line up and superb organisation of the festival has been praised by local and international festival visitors, as well as the music professionals and delegates who took part in the annual music conference which is an integral part of Waves Bratislava. The whole event runs simultaneously with Waves Vienna under the umbrella of Waves Central Europe. The tickets for Waves Bratislava 2016 are already available in the limited edition.
Innovative festival concept
Waves Bratislava is a showcase festival with forward-thinking line-up, the mission of which is to present and highlight exciting new acts and help them kickstart their international careers. There are no geographic limitations and the genre focus spans across indie-rock, electronica and folk with influences from jazz, world music and experimental genres. The keyword is “discovery” and the target group are festival goers and professional music community with promoters, managers and labels alike.
The integral part of Waves Bratislava is the music conference which was visited by more than 300 delegates both from Slovakia and abroad. The whole Friday was dedicated to discussions on myths and facts of the music industry, export of Slovak music production to international markets, sync rights and music placements to movies and advertising and many other exciting topics. The artists also had a chance to receive constructive feedback on their music thanks to listening sessions curated by respected journalists, promoters and representatives of BBC, FM4, Melt!, Primavera, United Islands of Prague, SXSW and others.
After the music conference, the Friday and Saturday night carried on with a concert marathon at 13 venues all conveniently located around the Namestie SNP square in central Bratislava. Stará tržnica (Old Market Hall) with free entry, MDPOH, Nu Spirit Club, KC Dunaj, Ateliér Babylon, V-klub, Gorila.sk Urban Space, Urban House, Polish Institute, Fuga, Klub dole, Lokal UNAS and Kunsthalle LAB gallery with pop up concerts complemented by artistic installation from Hamburg.
Positive reactions from Slovakia and abroad
Besides the music professionals and delegates, Waves Bratislava was also visited by more than 50 accredited media from various countries including Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Baltic countries. Positive feedback and compliments were heard from all around.
“We have managed to draw a good number of international delegates to our concert. So far, we have been very pleased with the feedback we got and we are already discussing possible live appearances in Macedonia and Baltic countries,” said the manager of Slovak band Polemic Juraj Cocher.
The head of program of Liverpool Sound City Rebecca Ayres highlighted Leyya (AT), The Hearing (FI) and Slovak acts Nvmeri and Jimmy Pé as her favourites. The Slovak singer Katarzia praised the fresh international line-up and together with the manager of Hungarian quartet Ivan & The Parazol, she was impressed with the friendly and helpful attitude of the organisers. The head of Czech festival Beseda u Bigbítu, Pavel Uretšlégr already has a shortlist of bands he would like to approach for his event next year and CEO of Music Estonia spoke about special atmoshphere and mature Bratislava club scene.
All of them have agreed on one thing. Next year, they would like to return to Slovakia and Waves Bratislava festival.
Waves Bratislava 2016
From this day, the organising team is already starting to work on Waves Bratislava 2016. If you liked your festival experience this year, you can book your ticket ahead for 9 eur only from our limited edition Waves Bratislava 2016 festival tickets.
Reactions and feedback to Waves Bratislava 2015
“Amazing festival, great team, the best audience and friendly approach to bands and people. Such a fresh international line-up can’t be found at any other Slovak festival. Thank you!” Katarzia (singer-songwriter, SK)
“I’ve seen several artists in Bratislava that could work in the UK including Mari Kalkun, Kyklos Galaktikos and Ivan & The Parazol. We have got to know many Slovak and Czech promoters and agents. Our trip to Slovakia was definitely worthwhile!” Rob Gibbs (agent, UK)
All the Estonian bands and all of us felt that Bratislava has a special atmosphere. The city had a festival spirit, the venues were full and the reactions from the audience was very warm. We want to come back as soon as possible!” Virgo Sillamaa (riaditeľ Music Estonia, EE)
“This was my second visit of Waves Bratislava. I think the organisers have taken it from the right end and they are trying to present the event as a gateway to Central-Eastern Europe. I have met many great and new people. My top bands from the program? Leyya, Blaž & Simon, The Hearing, Nvmeri and Jimmy Pé.” Rebecca Ayres (programová riaditeľka Liverpool Sound City, UK)
“I liked probably every single band I saw at the festival which is quite unbelievable. Great festival and atmosphere!” Attila Kalman (novinár Hvg.hu)
“Great communication with the organisers, we have truly enjoyed it! I know that we had some interesting people in the audience, including representatives of Liverpool Sound City and Ment festival.” László Kelemen (manažér Ivan & The Parazol, HU)
“Much needed and important event. We already know of 3-4 names we would like to approach for our festival next year. Two of them come from Slovakia.” Pavel Uretšlégr (dramaturg Beseda u Bigbítu, CZ)