Tallinn Music Week released this year’s music programme

Tallinn Music Week, the music and urban culture festival taking place from 27th March to 2nd April has confirmed 237 artists from 33 countries in its music programme, among them 114 Estonian acts. From today single concert tickets are on sale next to festival passes and priority passes.

TMW in its ninth edition has become an important meeting point for the music and creative communities of West, East and Central Europe and a festival magnet for culture fans of the whole Nordic Baltic region. TMW has received a record breaking 1470 artist applications from all around the world and confirmed 237 artists from 33 countries to the line-up. Next to the 114 Estonian acts Finland is presenting 23, Russia 19, UK and Poland 7, Denmark 6 and Canada, Sweden and Germany 5 acts. Among the more exotic countries represented are Cape Verde and Japan. Artists from Syria will also take to the stage.

TMW hosts a dedicated programme for virtually every music genre, from outsider acts to chart-pop, including an extensive line-up of classical composers and interpreters. For the first time the festival includes a special youth and kids programme organized by youngsters themselves. The festival is also putting a strong emphasis on accessibility for people with special needs.

“It is a very important time for Estonia – from July Estonia will hold the EU Council presidency and next year we celebrate Estonia’s 100-year anniversary. These topics will be part of the festival programme. In addition to the all-encompassing music programme we are looking in depth into sustainability, equal opportunities and the impact of creativity for the society. Our festival is an opportunity to enjoy diversity, openness and being together,” says the founder and main organizer of TMW Helen Sildna.

The music programme of the weeklong festival peaks from Thursday 30th March to Saturday 1st April including various music styles from folk to electronica and from classic to metal.

Among the international highlights are the Scottish master of elegiac sound, C Duncan, the tandem of Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke and musician and film-maker Danielle de Picciotto, the piano experimenter Hauschka from Germany, pop producer Draper – pointed out as one of the most remarkable newcomers by BBC Music –, and the Monty-Python-crazy punk jazz band WorldService Project from UK, as well as the Swedish electro-pop star Jennie Abrahamson, and the Norwegian singer-songwriter and activist Moddi.

Finland will be represented by the “music’s best-kept secret”, house and avant-garde techno producer Jori Hulkkonen, the shamanist leader of the space rock band K-X-P Timo Kaukolampi, the meta rock group PH, formerly known as Mr Peter Hayden, also a favourite rapper of the international festival circuit View and the electro-metal outfit Khroma who has roamed the stages from Helsinki to Tokyo.

Among the “young and furious” squad from Russia are Glintshake that mixes Russian avant-garde with soviet new wave and the neo R’n’B poet BCH, hailed as the new artist of the year by the influential culture website Afisha.

The 114 Estonian artists include several internationally recognized names as well as future hopes. The line-up includes world class EDM stars Syn Cole and Mord Fustang, electropop act NOËP, folk innovator Maarja Nuut whose acoustic loops will meet with edgier electronic sounds by Hendrik Kaljujärv, best Estonian female artist and best jazz album awarded Kadri Voorand, multi-instrumentalist Erki Pärnoja with his ethereal “Efterglow” project, the Hammond Trio of Estonian jazz classic Tõnu Naissoo, acclaimed youth choir Ellerhein and the multi-talented composer Ardo Ran Varres. Among the innovators of the local music scene are the critically adored post pop producer and vocalist Mart Avi, surreal ghost-pop act Florian Wahl, and singer-songwriter Mick Pedaja.

The world class conductor Kristjan Järvi will open the festival with a concert of Steve Reich and own compositions “Radio Head Rewritten” with the beatbox master BellaTrix from London and the contemporary composer and rapper Di. J. NoizePunk, as well as string quartet Prezioso, pianist Kristjan Randalu and many other Estonain musicians. Järvi’s other performance presents an electronic programme “Rip Up the Stage”. Fallen Flags will perform their stage debut at TMW – a new cooperation between members of Danish bands Get Your Gun and Narcosatanicos along with several Estonian musicians. Estonian turbo-folk superstar Trad.Attack! will perform with Ukrainian ethno-folk group Onuka at a special event in the Russian Cultural Centre.

The biggest border-crossing cooperation at this year’s TMW is the showcase curated by Estonia’s Üle Heli festival, the British indie label Nonclassical, and Japan Sound Postcard project by BBC 3 DJ Nick Luscombe and film director Neil Cantwell in the House of Blackheads. TMW 2017 is also happy to introduce a special Canada programme, and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland.

The festival presents a few new showcases and venues. The joint effort of the party series AUX, Mürk and Isola will turn the pavilion of the Balti Jaam railway station into a three-day non-stop dance marathon. Kuku Art Club hosts a colourful selection of art pop and experimental music. For the first time the Russian theatre, Venus Club, Russian Cultural Centre, Hopner House and the Renard Coffee Shop will be among the festival venues.

Traditional showcase organizers on board are Rada7, Radio 2, Jazzkaar and Estonian Jazz Association, Viljandi Folk Festival, Fenno-Ugria and Seto Folk, Manka Boutique Pop Festival, World Clinic, Weekend Festival Baltic, Intsikurmu Festival, Estonian Funk Embassy, the Latvian Positivus Festival with the I Love You Records label, the biggest Finnish metal festival Tuska and Urban Culture Entertainment.

During February other acts at the TMW festival will be published as well as special stages and concerts, among them a Canadian music event, and a special programme dedicated to Finland’s centenary by Fullsteam Agency and Sideways festival.

Confirmed artists of TMW 2017

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. This year’s edition from 27th March to 2nd April will present the music festival line-up and two-day industry conference, a series of free City Stage concerts, a selection of eateries within TMW Tastes; TMW Arts programme, curated by the Estonian Contemporary Arts Development Centre, Design Market showcasing the most exciting Baltic and Scandinavian brands and designs, TMW Talks series with topics from music to science and societal issues, City Space activities in cooperation with the interior designers of Estonian Academy of Arts and a special kids and youth programme. TMW 2017 is presented by Nordea bank, the partners are Telia and Spotify, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Enterprise, Eesti Meedia and Nordic Hotel Forum.

Tallinn Music Week’s international activities introducing Tallinn and Estonia as an attractive tourism destination of music and culture are supported by The European Regional Development Fund.

TMW 2017 festival passes are available for €60 at TMW web store 
Festival pass grants access to all concerts, provided the venue is not sold out, and offers discounts at the TMW Tastes restaurant festival. (In case the venue is sold out entry will be granted on first-come-first-served basis.)
Special discounts apply for clients of Nordea and Telia.

TMW 2017 delegate passes are available for €250 until 19th March (from 20th March €295) at TMW web store. Sign up as a delegate and buy your pass
TMW delegate pass grants access to the conference seminars and priority access to the music festival as well as the data-base of registered contacts.

A limited number of TMW 2017 priority passes are on sale in the TMW web store for €150

Comments by TMW’s partners:

“We are proud to witness that over the years Tallinn Music Week has become so much more than an exceptional music festival – it introduces new talent in various culture spheres, speaks up in issues that matter and brings together creative people from all over the world. There seem to be no real limits to the energy and ambition they are able to discover and expand. The values and high standards of the festival team make it a pure delight to be their partner on this incredible journey.”
– Gerd Müller, Head of Nordea Bank Estonia

“Telia has been a proud partner of Tallinn Music Week for several years. The festival and the team behind it are completely unique and a great source of inspiration – as they present us with a truly transformed city and many exceptional experiences over the festival week in spring. This year´s special focus on sustainable development is a shared passion with Telia across Nordics. United Nations has introduced 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the world that are relevant for all of us to ensure sustainable future. We´ll bring those into a spotlight during TMW hoping that everyone will find his or her own to think about and contribute to!”
– Katrin Isotamm, Head of Communications Telia Estonia

“Tallinn Music Week represents all the values that are dear to Estonia and is the perfect opportunity to get to know what Estonia and it’s culture is all about. Although it’s not the best time of the year climate wise, the emotions and experiences you’re about to experience are of the tropical temperature. Music, design, food, inspiring people, inspiring places, adventures – I’ll guarantee – it will be the world class!!!! Estonia is the place where new ideas grow fast and travel the world. Visit Estonia. Enjoy Estonia. Share Estonia.”
– Piret Reinson, Head of Marketing at Enterprise Estonia

“It is a great pleasure to open one of the best and most exciting multi-disciplinary arts festivals I know in the world. I support its idea and I fully believe in the incredible value it adds in this continuously growing Nordic Region. It enables the society to locally connect their ideas, visions and possibilities on a worldwide platform, bringing their creative potential to fruition. The festival is a personification of the Estonian Spirit, its entrepreneurism, culture and drive. TMW invites the world to Tallinn to create!”
– Kristjan Järvi, conductor and composer


  1. Estonia celebrated the start of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union with nearly 15,000 people gathering for a concert on Freedom Square

  2. Tallinn Music Week’s Telliskivi Creative City Award winners are Mart Avi, Erki Pärnoja and NOËP

  3. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

  4. John Robb: “In all great art, there are no borders”

  5. Tallinn Music Week with Telia and Spotify announce voting for your favourite artist

  6. Erkki-Sven Tüür presents his new album at Tallinn Music Week

  7. President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid opened the Tallinn Music Week conference Creative Impact

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

  9. Tallinn Music Week (TMW) conference Creative Impact full programme now published

  10. The public discussion series TMW Talks encompasses issues from urban development to cosmic beauty

  11. Trad.Attack! and Onuka set to hold a joint concert at Russian Cultural Centre during Tallinn Music Week

  12. Tallinn Music Week will light up new paths in the city and give new lease of life to old garages

  13. Nordea and “Five Stars” present a carefully selected Tallinn Music Week “best of” programme

  14. Tallinn Music Week presents a documentary film programme in Sõprus cinema focusing on music, politics and consequences of consumerism

  15. TMW conference Creative Impact to put spotlight on big European questions and innovation across industries

  16. Tallinn Music Week presents more than 100 free concerts in locations from charity shop to a hotel suite

  17. Top chef Peeter Pihel cooks with “best before” ingredients at Tallinn Music Week

  18. Tallinn Music Week will fill the historic railway station Balti Jaam with sounds of the future

  19. Finnish music company Fullsteam’s 15th birthday party to be celebrated at Tallinn Music Week

  20. Kristjan Järvi presents “Radio Head Rewritten“ at Tallinn Music Week opening concert

  21. Tallinn Music Week announced new conference speakers from the rulers of London nightlife to tech revolutionaries

  22. Tallinn Music Week and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center introduce local and international arts and the daily lives of artists

  23. Tallinn Music Week presents authentic small island tastes and the best cuisines in town

  24. Tallinn Music Week released this year’s music programme

  25. President Kersti Kaljulaid to open this year’s Tallinn Music Week conference

  26. Tallinn Music Week launches the new festival season with a new design and website

  27. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

  28. Tallinn Music Week is offering priority passes for the first time

  29. Finnish and Estonian music industries join forces to increase the export capabilities in Japan

  30. Tallinn Music Week unveils the first round of conference topics and speakers

  31. Tartu Music Week and sTARTUp Day transform the university town into music and tech festival

  32. Estonia kicked off the international tech conference Slush with Estonian president inviting everyone to become an e-resident

  33. Lithuanian psychedelic rockers Garbanotas Bosistas are the favourite of Tallinn Music Week audience

  34. Tallinn Music Week received an all time record number of artist applications from nearly 60 countries

  35. Chamber Choir Sireen to release a debut album ’Terra Incognita’ with a special performance on 18th September

  36. TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate

  37. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

  38. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hold a record signing session in TMW summer house at Positivus Festival on Sunday 17 July

  39. Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize

  40. TMW 2016 artist prize Telliskivi Creative City Award goes to I Wear* Experiment

  41. President Ilves in the opening address at the TMW conference and CFCForum: terrorism and populism impact on all of us