TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate | Tallinn Music Week

TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate

The artist application round for Tallinn Music Week 2017 is now open at the festival’s homepage. The ninth edition of the city festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) will take place in Tallinn, Estonia from 27th March to 2nd April 2017.

Held each spring in Tallinn, Estonia since 2009, Tallinn Music Week is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. Already in its 9th year, TMW’s nucleus is the new music festival that offers a multi-genre mix of around 200 acts from the Baltics, across Europe and beyond. The line-up, spanning from outsider artists to chart-pop acts and from folk innovators to classical musicians, is put together on the basis of artist submissions by a broad team of Estonian music experts and event promoters. Applications from all regions and music genres are welcome until 1st November HERE

The festival’s role as a significant platform for emerging acts around the world has grown steadily. TMW 2016 received an all-time record number of nearly 1,300 applications from 47 countries with over 250 acts from 33 countries confirmed to perform at the festival, among them Russian beatmaster Pixelord, Mancunian post-punk troupers The Membranes, Danish-Finnish indie-supergroup Liima, and an Estonian-born world class conductor Kristjan Järvi with DJ World Champion Mr Switch from UK. Besides showcases presented by local promoters TMW has featured festival stages by Finland’s biggest metal festival Tuska and city culture festival Flow, as well as a joint night by UK’s FatCat Records imprint 130701 and Estonian Üle Heli festival.

Among the notable acts that have performed at the festival throughout the years are British folk legend Vashti Bunyan and pseudonymous duo Public Service Broadcasting, Swedish electro-pop sensation Kate Boy, and Finnish synth-pop troubadour Jaakko-Eino Kalevi, to mention just a few. Among the acts who have successfully tested their international breakthrough potential at TMW and moved on to bigger stages are Danish dark rockers Get Your Gun, Belorussian cold-wave group Super Besse, Russian postpunk flag-bearer Motorama, and Estonian very own folk innovators Maarja Nuut and Trad.Attack!.

The full line-up of around 200 acts is announced in February 2017.

  • TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for a special “early bird” rate €100 at TMW web store until 30th September. TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival. TMW 2017 conference schedule will be gradually released from December 2016
  • TMW 2017 festival passes are available for €40 at TMW web store until 30th November. Festival pass grants access to all concerts and offers discounts at the TMW Tastes’ restaurant festival. Buy your festival pass at http://tmw.ee/store/festival-pass

For the second time TMW will fill the entire week. In addition to the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, TMW offers a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes; TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, and City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts.

TMW 2017 dates:

27th March – 2nd April: TMW Tastes, TMW Talks, TMW Cityspace
28th March – 2nd April: TMW Arts
30th March – 1st April: music festival (the evening showcase programme)
30th March – 1st April: City Stage (the daytime live programme)
31st March – 1st April: TMW conference
1st – 2nd April: Design Market

Tallinn Music Week 2016 in numbers:

250 artists from 30 countries
34 676 festival visitors
1036 delegates
624 international delegates
132 international journalists
70 festival venues
113 755 unique visits to the website from 144 countries
More info: www.tmw.ee

Comments by festival delegates:

Anthony Semaan, Beirut Jam Sessions:
“TMW is probably the most interesting, well-organized, diverse and important festival in this new era of music around the world. The fact that so many people from around the world flew in to be a part of it and showed genuine interest in collaborating with others proved to me that it was more than just a musical event. The city itself is gorgeous despite the cold weather (hey, I’m from the Middle East, it’s boiling there), everyone and everything was just so friendly all the time. In the long run one day we’re going to look back at TMW as one of festivals that had a huge impact on societies across numerous regions.“

Kate Connolly, The Guardian:
“A flurry of fantastic music, discussion and most importantly the chance to dance – in some incredible venues around Tallinn. Punk rockers and folk singers, scientists and start up gurus all met to share ideas and music. Fantastic food and fashion was also added to the amazing mix. It was a very inspiring few days, at what is certainly one of Europe’s best music festivals.”

John Robb, Louder Than War:
“TMW is now the key cutting edge music event in Europe. I can’t believe the diversity of music I saw this weekend and I only scratched the surface. One minute it was an orchestra, the next stunning original take on folk from Maarja Nuut. One minute I had intense chats with orchestra conductors learning about classical music and the next watched Angolan hip hop and then hung out with the brilliant Sireenid choir – there was not one boring second in the whole event.
I loved the Creativity for Change part of the festival – an interesting flux of people tried to find solutions with music as the glue, optimism instead of grinding pessimism. Music with a purpose. Every gig should have a reason and every song should have a soul.“

Brian Reich, Littlemedia.com:
“It was an honour to participate in Tallinn Music Week and the Creativity for Change forum.  There were so many people sharing smart ideas, showing their passion and committing themselves to efforts that improve the world and tackle the biggest issues of our time.  Tallinn is a hub for people who are doing ambitious and important work to address serious issues, and is a wonderfully creative, passionate stage for music, arts, food and more. We will all benefit from being part of what is happening in Tallinn.”

Ramin Sadighi, Hermes Records:
„Coming to the content, what impressed me the most was the sensitively handpicked and designed conferences and talks. Most of them were quite distant from the formal and predictable talks and panels, which we all may experience dozens of times throughout the year without getting inspired. But the topics and panellists on TMW were straight-forward, authentic, challenging, honest, demanding and hesitant of falling in the trap to become posturing.“

Damien McGuinness, BBC:
“This festival is a stimulating mash-up between innovative music, ancient folk songs, international politics and human rights — a Baltic speciality that is a natural fit in this fascinating region. That’s because music in Estonia is about more than simply listening to something funky. Throughout Estonia’s history song has been political. During centuries of foreign oppression music safeguarded a unique national identity. And in the dying days of the Soviet Union, song galvanised the opposition movement that led to national independence. Today Tallinn shows that artists can still help save the world.”

News

  1. Tallinn Music Week received 1,450 artist applications from all over the world

  2. 60 female artists and innovators announced for “Keychange”  

  3. Tallinn Music Week and brave new Estonian sounds at Moscow Music Week

  4. Tallinn Music Week 2018 artist application for music programme now open

  5. Estonia celebrated the start of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union with nearly 15,000 people gathering for a concert on Freedom Square

  6. Tallinn Music Week’s Telliskivi Creative City Award winners are Mart Avi, Erki Pärnoja and NOËP

  7. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

  8. John Robb: “In all great art, there are no borders”

  9. Tallinn Music Week with Telia and Spotify announce voting for your favourite artist

  10. Erkki-Sven Tüür presents his new album at Tallinn Music Week

  11. President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid opened the Tallinn Music Week conference Creative Impact

  12. Artist Marko Mäetamm will open a new solo exhibition during Tallinn Music Week

  13. Tallinn Music Week (TMW) conference Creative Impact full programme now published

  14. The public discussion series TMW Talks encompasses issues from urban development to cosmic beauty

  15. Trad.Attack! and Onuka set to hold a joint concert at Russian Cultural Centre during Tallinn Music Week

  16. Tallinn Music Week will light up new paths in the city and give new lease of life to old garages

  17. Nordea and “Five Stars” present a carefully selected Tallinn Music Week “best of” programme

  18. Tallinn Music Week presents a documentary film programme in Sõprus cinema focusing on music, politics and consequences of consumerism

  19. TMW conference Creative Impact to put spotlight on big European questions and innovation across industries

  20. Tallinn Music Week presents more than 100 free concerts in locations from charity shop to a hotel suite

  21. Top chef Peeter Pihel cooks with “best before” ingredients at Tallinn Music Week

  22. Tallinn Music Week will fill the historic railway station Balti Jaam with sounds of the future

  23. Finnish music company Fullsteam’s 15th birthday party to be celebrated at Tallinn Music Week

  24. Kristjan Järvi presents “Radio Head Rewritten“ at Tallinn Music Week opening concert

  25. Tallinn Music Week announced new conference speakers from the rulers of London nightlife to tech revolutionaries

  26. Tallinn Music Week and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center introduce local and international arts and the daily lives of artists

  27. Tallinn Music Week presents authentic small island tastes and the best cuisines in town

  28. Tallinn Music Week released this year’s music programme

  29. President Kersti Kaljulaid to open this year’s Tallinn Music Week conference

  30. Tallinn Music Week launches the new festival season with a new design and website

  31. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

  32. Tallinn Music Week is offering priority passes for the first time

  33. Finnish and Estonian music industries join forces to increase the export capabilities in Japan

  34. Tallinn Music Week unveils the first round of conference topics and speakers

  35. Tartu Music Week and sTARTUp Day transform the university town into music and tech festival

  36. Estonia kicked off the international tech conference Slush with Estonian president inviting everyone to become an e-resident

  37. Lithuanian psychedelic rockers Garbanotas Bosistas are the favourite of Tallinn Music Week audience

  38. Tallinn Music Week received an all time record number of artist applications from nearly 60 countries

  39. Chamber Choir Sireen to release a debut album ’Terra Incognita’ with a special performance on 18th September

  40. TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate

  41. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

  42. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hold a record signing session in TMW summer house at Positivus Festival on Sunday 17 July

  43. Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize

  44. TMW 2016 artist prize Telliskivi Creative City Award goes to I Wear* Experiment

  45. President Ilves in the opening address at the TMW conference and CFCForum: terrorism and populism impact on all of us