FAQ | Tallinn Music Week


Attending concerts

  • What is the age limit at TMW concert venues?

    TMW works in cooperation with the clubs, bars and promoters of Tallinn. Like all other local promoters, we have to follow the Estonian law. The vast majority of the venues serve alcohol, and as such are not able to admit under-age customers. General rule is that venues and programmes that run after 23. 00 have age limits of 18 yrs.

    However, we have a City Stage programme, taking place during daytime in various venues all over the city (cafes, shopping malls, galleries, music & book shops etc), free of charge and accessible to everyone.

  • Which venues are taking part in TMW and where are they situated in town?

    A list and map of TMW 2020 venues can be found on our website starting from February 2020.

  • How does the ticketing system work?

    There are two main types of passes available for the festival.

    • Festival Pass – the most affordable option to attend the city festival. Grants access to all the programme but conference.
    • Conference + Festival Pass pass grants priority access to the whole programme, including conference

    Tickets for individual shows are on pre-sale at Piletilevi ticketing office and also on the door at each venue at the night of the show. Individual tickets are subject to capacity, with all pass holders enjoying priority entry over those queuing for an individual ticket.

  • Where can I buy tickets / passes for TMW

    Festival Passes are on sale at TMW webstore. Single tickets are on sale at  Piletilevi as well as at each venue on the night of the show.

    Festival Pass must be exchanged in advance for a wristband at the festival information desk.  More info

    All questions: infodesk@tmw.ee
    24-hour festival helpline 26 to 30 August 2020: +372 67 26 608

  • Where do I exchange my ticket for a wristband?

    Festival Pass must be exchanged for a wristband at TMW info desk.

    You will not be able to gain entry to any show without a wristband.


  • Does my festival pass / single ticket guarantee an entry to the X concert?

    No, not if the venue is full. We can guarantee that there will always be spare capacity at some of the venues, but not at all of them all of the time. Some of the participating venues have a capacity as low as 50-100, making a guarantee of entry impossible. However, the delegates’ pass and festival pass owners + people who have purchased a single ticket in advance, have priority over the queue at the door.

    It is important to arrive early if there is a band you absolutely must see. There is usually quite a bit of traffic flow from venue to venue, so if one band’s show is full, it is quite possible that people will leave after their set, enabling you to get in to see the next band, so sometimes it pays to queue a little.

    To help everyone see a particular artist, some acts will play two shows on different days and/or at City Stage programme.

Playing at TMW

  • How does my band get to play at TMW?

    The first step in securing a slot at TMW begins with registering your interest. TMW application usually runs from October to December at tmw.ee/apply. The programme jury, made up of leading Estonian and international promoters and organisations, representing virtually every genre and scene, from avant-garde to pop and from folk to classical music, select the artists from the long list of applications. We also collect suggestions from a wide variety of people, and, like any festival, we also book some carefully selected acts in addition to the ones who apply, to ensure a program of the highest and most current grade.

  • My band has applied. When will we know if we've been selected?

    Selection / programming starts right after the application deadline and we will contact you in January by email to let you know whether your act has been confirmed to the festival line-up. Those acts that are not selected will also receive notification by email. Some acts will be on a reserve list until all the slots are filled.

  • My band has had plenty of attention and we're really good. Why didn't we get picked to play at TMW?

    Generally speaking – there are over 1000 applications for around 100 slots. There is always a fierce debate amongst the demo jury as to which acts are picked and often tough choices have to be made. Factors that come into play include: live experience, artistic development, uniqueness, genre represented by an act etc. The reason you were not picked, doesn’t necessarily come down to taste – more likely the jury had to make other choices this time around. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply next year as the jury often takes note of acts to check out next time around and sometimes a band is booked to TMW only after their third or even fourth application.

  • Is TMW only for Estonian acts?

    No, TMW is for acts from all around the world. As one of the missions of TMW is to promote and introduce new and promising Estonian music, majority of the acts performing at TMW are Estonian, but we have plenty of bands from the neighbouring countries, Scandinavia and elsewhere. At least 30 per cent of the final festival line up comprises of international acts.

  • I thought TMW was just for new acts. Why is band X playing?

    It has never been the plan to put on only unsigned and unestablished acts, although over the years we have put on a fair few of them. Our main priority is to put on acts that are interesting and relevant, both for the Estonian and Baltic industry / media / general public and for our international delegates and visitors.

  • When is the line-up announced?

    We will announce the TMW programme at the beginning of February.

  • Do any of the artists get paid for playing at TMW?

    As a rule, TMW does not pay performance fees or cover travel costs to the artists, although at some festival editions we also book international headliners whose costs we cover. All ticket income (that forms around 10 percent of the festival’s funding) and other private and public resources are needed to cover the costs of: venues, sound & light, conference, invited delegates’ travel, hotels, marketing and production.

    This festival was founded with an aim to help artists to develop their careers and to introduce good music to new audiences. As long as there will be acts who think TMW could be useful to them, we’ll be happy to make it happen.

  • CONDITIONS for artists playing at TMW:

    We cover:

    Travel Expenses: airport or ferry transfer to the hotel (to foreign artists)
    Accommodation: twin rooms for show night (to foreign artists)

    We offer:
    Exposure to around 1,000 music industry delegates
    Best possible promotion
    Catering on a show day (1 hot meal)
    TMW2020 Conference + Festival passes to all artists, granting access to TMW conference, festival and delegates’ online database


  • Is TMW a festival or a conference?

    Both. And more. Tallinn Music Week started out as music industry conference and new music festival in 2009. Today TMW is one of Europe’s leading city festivals with a carefully crafted line-up of various art forms for a curious mind. It is a celebration of creativity, curiosity, freedom and equality and one of the major meeting points for Eastern, Western and Central European music and creative communities.

  • Where does the conference take place?

    The conference takes place at Estonian Academy of Arts.

  • Who can take part in the TMW conference?

    You must be either a registered delegate and your registration paid up in full or the owner of TMW Conference + Festival Pass or Conference Pass. Artists playing at the festival will get Conference + Festival passes for each band member and the artist representative.

  • Where is the check-in for delegates and when is it open?

    Pick up your pass/wristband at the TMW info desk.

    More info

  • I would like to take part in a seminar or two. Is it possible to get in without Conference + Festival Pass or Conference Pass?

    Unfortunately not.

  • Can I get a group or student discount or some other discount on the delegate pass?

    TMW offers an early bird rate and lower prices to those who register early. There is a limited amount of student passes available with 50% discount from each price range.

  • What is included in the price of a Conference + Delegate Pass?

    Admission to the conference-only areas where both Estonian and international delegates congregate, all the seminars and other TMW activities as well as TMW music festival. The pass also grants priority access to all the festival concert venues, full PRO programme throughout the festival amd access to online delegate area on MyTMW which includes full contact details of the TMW delegates. More info

  • Are artists performing at TMW admitted to the conference or seminars?

    All the TMW artists (each band member and artist representative) will get the TMW Conference + Festival Pass that grants access to the TMW conference, festival and delegates’ online database.

  • I would like to advertise at TMW. Whom should I contact?

    Please send an e-mail to advertising@tmw.ee or call us at +372 672 6608.


  • Who organizes TMW?

    TMW festival is founded and run by Shiftworks OÜ. TMW music programme is organized jointly by TMW and Damn.Loud Agency.
    TMW’s strategic partner is the industry development centre and export office Music Estonia.

  • How is the event financed?

    The event is financed with a help of various public supporters and private sponsors.

  • I would like to volunteer at TMW. How can I get involved?

    Yes. We need plenty of volunteers right before and during the event. The work itself is generally associated with marketing support, day-time seminars, ticket sales, production assistance in festival venues, logistics, transportation, artist hosts etc. Volunteers get free access to all TMW’s events during the festival.

    For additional info, contact: volunteers@tmw.ee