The Vienna Jazz Festival, a major highlight of the annual festival program, offers much more than cool jazz – the capital’s top venues also find a place on stage for soul, funk, pop, electronic and ethnic music. Jamie Cullum, Ludovico Einaudi and Burt Bacharach are just some of the big names due to perform live on stage at the Vienna State Opera between June 29 and July 11, 2016.
Each night the Music Film Festival offers top classical hits on the big screen accompanied by culinary delicacies from all over the world. Admission is free. From July 14 to September 4, 2016, Rathausplatz will be a magnet for the kind of late-night crowds looking for a culinary and cultural flight of fancy. There is something to suit every taste, from delicious dishes from top chefs to a multi-genre schedule of music films on the giant outdoor screen.
Popfest pays homage to the sensational recent developments on the capital’s music scene with an exclusive series of free open-air concerts by local bands on Karlsplatz. For four days and nights gigs play out on the stage in front of the Baroque Karlskirche church and at neighboring locations such as the TU Wien (Technical University) and the Wien Museum. In 2015 this high-end Austrian pop music festival attracted more than 60,000 visitors.
At the end of August 2016 the Gürtel Nightwalk will transform one of the capital’s most popular bar strips into Vienna’s biggest music venues. Stretching from the central library on Urban-Loritz-Platz to venues B72 and Loop via Chelsea and Rhiz, the section of the Gürtel between Thaliastrasse und Josefstädterstrasse will be lined with around 20 open-air stages ready for free performances by Austrian and international music acts. The bars on the Gürtel beltway came about when the decision was taken to breathe new life into the arches beneath the former Stadtbahn railway which is flanked by busy roads on each side. Trains running on the U6 subway line rumble overhead, and the sidewalk seating is right on the roadside, but despite these quirks – or perhaps because of them – the bars on the Gürtel are always popular with the in-crowd.
- Vienna Jazz Festival, Jun 29-Jul 11, 2016, www.viennajazz.org
- Music Film Festival, Jul 14-Sep 4, 2016, Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna, www.filmfestival-rathausplatz.at
- Popfest, Jul 28-31, 2016, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, www.popfest.at
- Gürtel Nightwalk, end of August 2016, section of the Gürtel between the Thaliastrasse and Alser Strasse U6 stations, www.guertelnightwalk.at