1276 artists from 63 countries applied to play at the next edition of Tallinn Music Week festival | Tallinn Music Week

1276 artists from 63 countries applied to play at the next edition of Tallinn Music Week festival

The international new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW) received 1276 applications to perform from 63 countries. The highest numbers of applications were submitted from Estonia, Russia and Finland. 

The festival’s music programme is scheduled to take place in various clubs and concert venues across the Estonian capital Tallinn from 6 to 8 May.

The interest towards the festival continues to be high even despite the pandemic related restrictions, resulting in 1276 submissions from 63 countries received during the period from November 2020 until 20 January. Topping the list with the 234 applicants is the host country Estonia, followed by Russia (211), Finland (115) and Germany (72). Compared to previous years, the number of applications from Baltic states Latvia and Lithuania has increased, however, interest in TMW remains high also in leading music industry markets such as the UK, Italy, the US, Canada, Sweden and Japan. There is also continued interest in the festival among artists from farther countries such as Morocco, Guatemala, and Mexico.

TMW 2021 artist application TOP 10 by countries:

Estonia: 234
Russia: 211
Finland: 115
Germany: 72
Italy: 56
Latvia: 52
Lithuania: 50
United Kingdom: 50
Spain: 33
Canada: 32

Up to 150 artists will be selected to the line-up by a team of 30 curators, which includes representatives from music organisations from Estonia as well as abroad. This year’s programme will focus mostly on talent from Estonia, the Baltic and the Nordic States, while artists from elsewhere will be included depending on the coronavirus situation at the time.

TMW festival consists of three main programme elements: music festival, city festival and conference. TMW’s music programme is acknowledged for its mix of the most unique talent with all manner of genres from folk to metal and from experimental electronica to contemporary classical represented. Read more.

The whole TMW 2021 programme that is scheduled to take place from 6 – 9 May will be announced in stages starting in the second half of February.

TMW 2021 passes are on sale at shop.tmw.ee. Until 28 February the Festival Pass is available for 55 euros, and the PRO Pass, which grants physical access to the festival music festival along both online and onsite access to the conference, is available for 150 euros. The selection of passes also includes the DigiPRO Pass, which gives digital access to the conference, and a Supporter Pass for 225 euros, which allows supporting the organisation of the festival and provides an insight into the organisation process.


TMW festival is founded and run by Shiftworks OÜ. TMW 2021 is presented by Telia Estonia, the festival’s strategic partner is the music industry development centre and export office Music Estonia. The production of the music programme is carried out in cooperation with the Damn.Loud Agency and many other programme partners.