German Showcase at Waves Vienna

At the showcase festival and conference Waves Vienna from September 7-9, 2023, professionals, artists and music enthusiasts meet around the 9th district of Vienna to discover newcomers of international caliber.


Together with Initiative Musik, popNRW, Pop-Büro Region Stuttgart, RockCity Hamburg and the Association for Pop Culture in Bavaria, Musicboard Berlin presents exciting acts at the German Showcase on all three festival days.

From Berlin, Güner Künier, Meagre Martin and Shybits take the stage.

Güner Künier’s music is shaped by the sound of her voice and a minimalism that combines industrial beats, lo-fi guitars and experimental synthesiser sounds. Known for her raw and gritty aesthetic, the singer-songwriter explored her post-migrant identity in her commissioned work for the 2022 edition of Pop-Kultur Festival. The same year she received a Musicboard scholarship.

Musician and songwriter Sarah Martin founded the indie project Meagre Martin in 2021. With a lo-fi take on Americana, Meagre Martin represents the culmination of redeeming experiences and a lyricism that describes new facets of nostalgia and suffering. Apart from Waves Vienna, they will also play live at Pop-Kultur Festival 2023!

Shybits is a Berlin based trio made up of friends Liam (UK), Piero (Italy), and Megan (South Africa). The band have been playing their well-crafted mix of post punk/catchy new-wave pop since 2018. In 2022, Shybits released the debut album ›Body Lotion‹, which reminds of post punk and 90s alt-rock. The band is among Musicboard’s scholarship holders in 2023.

In addition to the Berlin acts, our cooperation partners will present outstanding newcomers from their federal states.


Thursday, 7 September 2023
Becky Sikasa (North Rhine-Westphalia)
Ferge + Fisherman + Nujakasha (Bavaria)
Güner Künier (Berlin)
Mele (Baden-Württemberg)

Friday, 8 September 2023
Damona (Bavaria)
Flawless Issues (Baden-Württemberg)
Meagre Martin (Berlin)
Salomea (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Saturday, 9 September 2023
Moon Mates (Bavaria)
Rauchen (Hamburg)
Shybits (Berlin)
Willow Parlo (Hamburg)

Further, former Musicboard grantees Jamila & The Other Heroes will play a show at Waves Vienna on Thursday, 7 September, 7:45 p.m., at Kramladen.


At the joint German Showcase Reception on Friday, September 8, professionals and artists are warmly invited to mix and mingle. At the Meet the Germans speed meeting, the participants also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with each other and meet representatives of the various federal state funding agencies and the Initiative Musik.

German Showcase Reception (for all festival guests, no prior registration needed)
8 September 2023, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Wiener Metropol, Hernalser Hauptstraße 55, 1170 Wien, Austria

Speed meeting: Meet the Germans (conference ticket and prior registration required)
Friday, 8 September 2023, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
WEST space, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Wien, Austria

Delegates with a conference ticket can apply by 4 September 2023 to take part in the speed meeting session. Those who do not receive a confirmation of participation may take over a place in case someone is not showing up on the day of the event.