Tallinn Music Week 2013 – April 4, 5, 6

Tallinn Music Week is a music industry conference and one of the biggest indoor festivals in the Baltic region that started out in 2009. The mission of the festival, taking place for the fifth time, is to raise the reputation of Estonian music, to enhance the international development of local music industry and to promote Tallinn and Estonia as an exciting cultural tourism destination.

Tallinn Music Week welcomes around 300 international and 300 local music industry delegates to the festival each year and next festival edition will present a line-up of around 170 artists from Estonia and neighbouring countries, so it is a perfect weekend to visit early springtime Tallinn during three nights full of good music in Tallinn’s best venues for the most demanding tastes: from folk and jazz to punk and electro, from classical music to metal and anything in between.

The delegates’ registration and artists’ application round for TMW 2013 are open at www.tmw.ee

Tallinn Music Week comprises of:

Music festival – at the fifth edition of Tallinn Music Week we will present a line-up of up to 200 bands from Estonia and across Europe. The concerts take place in unexpected places – cafés, galleries, shopping centres, record stores, hotel rooms, offices – and of course in Tallinn’s best music clubs and concert venues. Artist application for the 2013 festival programme kicks off in October 2012 and runs until the first week of January 2013. The final line-up is put together by the roundtable of showcase promoters that consists of leading promoters, festival organisers and music organizations in Estonia, covering all genres, scenes and sub-cultures from underground and avant garde to pop, rock, classical music and everything in between.

International music industry conference – where music industry players from all over Europe will discuss the future of music business and creative industries. Estonian president’s, Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ traditional opening speech of Tallinn Music Week is always a special treat to look forward to.


Thursday, 4 April: opening night / delegates arrival
Friday & Saturday, 5-6 April: seminar panels 10AM – 5PM / festival 7PM – 03AM
Sunday, 7 April: delegates travel home

For more info and festival programme see www.tmw.ee


The press thinks:

Helienne Lindvall, The Guardian:

“Tallinn Music Week suggested the Baltic States would be the next region to burst on to the European music scene. It was clear right from the start that last week’s Tallinn Music Week was not your ordinary music festival – and Estonia not your average country. The Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, opened the festivities by reminiscing about his days at CBGBs in New York, mentioning Neil Young, quoting lyrics from PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake, and touching on the perils of being an outspoken musician when the country was part of the Soviet Union.”

Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk:

“Tallinn Music Week is the most diverse of the citycentre music festivals I’ve seen. Lack of a unifying music theme could lead to a lack of focus, but here it’s a strength. Everything has to be taken on its merits, regardless of genre or eccentricity of line up.”

Adam Harper, Wire Magazine:

“Tallinn Music Week has proven that a country as small as Estonia punches well above its weight in terms of musical talent. The degree of technical ability and polish shown, across many different genres, both live and on record, was very impressive. What’s more, Tallinn’s musical community is warm, well informed and enthusiastic. /…/ TMW was a thought-provoking window on music-making culture not just in and around Estonia, but as regards the rest of the world too.”

Andrew Childs, Loud and Quiet:

“Over the weekend, Tallinn Music Week (TMW) experienced a significant rise in music executive types who would normally associate themselves with the larger and more established showcase conferences, like SXSW, CMJ and our own The Great Escape. Considering the event’s previous success stories, which include local folk- pop act Ewert & The Two Dragons, who have recently started to make waves in the British music media and across central Europe, it is abundantly clear why UK-based music execs have wised up to the delights the picturesque Estonian capital has to offer.”