Tallinn Music Week received 1,450 artist applications from all over the world | Tallinn Music Week
2-8 April 2018 – Tallinn, Estonia

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.