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

The artist application round for the tenth edition of the new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) ended on November 1st with 1,450 applicants from 53 countries. Next up after Estonia were Finland, Russia, Belarus and Canada. Some of the most exotic places to apply from included South Africa, Senegal, Tunesia, Lebanon and Brazil.  

TMW2018 TOP10 applicants per country:

Estonia 254
Finland 203
Russia 164
Belarus 71
Canada 67
Poland 66
Latvia 55
United Kingdom 50
Hungary 45
Sweden 45

Maximum 250 applicants will be confirmed into the festival line-up by a broad team of Estonian and international music experts – representatives of different venues, festivals and record labels, as well as radio presenters, music managers, producers and promoters. The three-day music showcase programme will be announced during January and February 2018.

According to the head of the TMW music programme, Raimond Põldmaa it has always been the festival’s goal to present multiple styles of music.
“Next year we will celebrate our first jubilee. Having attended similar festivals abroad, I can definitely say that our music programme is one of the most diverse of its kind,“ said Põldmaa, adding that the increase of interest from foreign artists enables to present the most diverse international programme next to the best of Estonian music.

„The growing interest of international music communities towards TMW shows that there’s really something to gain by performing here. In recent years, the number of applications from neighbouring countries like Russia and Finland has risen dramatically, but there’s also an increased interest from Sweden, Poland and Hungary. Canada, the sixth largest recorded music market on the planet, can be found in top5 of our applications list!“

Estonian rapper Metsakutsu performing at TMW 2017 City Stage presented by MyHits. Photo by Patrik Tamm


The 10th edition of the city festival TMW will take place in Tallinn, Estonia from 2nd April to 8th April 2018.

Held each spring in the capital of Estonia, TMW is a city festival with an extensive music and arts programme and a comprehensive new business conference – a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, TMW’s core is the new music festival that offers a multi-genre mix of around 250 artists from the Baltics, across Europe and beyond. Among the notable acts that have performed at the festival throughout nine years are British folk legend Vashti Bunyan and Mancunian post-punk troupers The Membranes, Scottish dream pop master C Duncan, Finnish synth-pop troubadour Jaakko-Eino Kalevi, the piano experimenter Hauschka from Germany, and Danish-Finnish indie-supergroup Liima.

The festival’s role as a significant platform for both emerging and established musicians around the world has grown steadily. Among the artists who have successfully tested their international breakthrough potential at TMW are Danish dark rockers Get Your Gun, Belorussian cold-wave group Super Besse, Russian postpunks Motorama and Glintshake, Estonia’s very own folk innovators Maarja Nuut, Trad.Attack! and Eeter, as well as TMW 2017 artist award winners Mart Avi, Erki Pärnoja and NOËP.

In addition to the music festival line-up and two-day new business conference, TMW offers a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes, TMW Arts programme, Design Market, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, and various City Space activities.

TMW 2018 Festival Pass for €60 and TMW 2018 Conference and Festival Pass for €175 are available at TMW web store 
Festival pass grants access to all concerts and offers discounts at the TMW Tastes restaurant festival.
Conference and Festival Pass grants access to the TMW conference panels and priority access to the music festival. TMW 2018 conference schedule will be gradually released from December 2017.


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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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