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The 7th edition of Westway LAB has a new immersive audiovisual experience during the festival. Friday, 17th, the movie ‘Dom na Trubnoy’, from the obscure Russian film director Boris Barnet will be screened, with the score played live by Mão Morta Redux. Similarly, on Saturday, 18th, the movie ‘Surdina’, from the Portuguese film director Rodrigo Areias will be premiered and the soundtrack will be played live by Tó Trips (member of Dead Combo).

The early bird tickets to the Westway LAB 2020 and all the concerts are now available for sale for the price of 10 euros. These tickets are limited to the first 200.

earlybird ticktets ➞

Rob Challice announced as the keynote INTERNATIONAL speaker to the Westway LAB PRO Conferences

Registrations to the Westway LAB 2020 PRO Conferences are now open. For the 7th edition of the first showcase and music conference festival in Portugal, we are proud to announce this year’s keynote international speaker – Rob Challice.

Member of the Paradigm Talent Agency, Rob Challice agent to internationally renowned artists, such as Billy Bragg, Bon Iver, Ezra Furman, John Grant, Warpaint, Sufjan Stevens, among others. For this ocasion Challice will be interviewed by Allan McGowan.

Westway LAB [Festival, Conference and Creation] takes place in the city of Guimarães, Portugal, since 2014. First names in the bill are just announced including international and Portuguese numbers like Tó Trips and Mão Morta Redux, who will score the movies ‘Surdina’ and ‘A Casa na Praça Trubnaia’, from the movie directors Rodrigo Areias and Boris Barnet, respectively.

Register now here ➞


Artist Residencies at Candoso Creative Center, Westway LAB 2014

After the period for artists to answer calls for the city showcases and the artist residencies, we have done the counting and we are proud to reveal the figures. 49 artists signed up for residences and 1141 projects applied for the city showcases. Now starts the hardest part for us… Anyway, what we know for sure is that some of these artists will be at Westway LAB, from the 15th to the 18th of April, in Guimarães.


WESTWAY LAB will be represented at Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS) 2020 edition program by Rui Torrinha, director of this Portuguese festival, that will take place at the city of Groningen, the Netherlands.

The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities that music festivals may face in 2020 and beyond, as big corporate promoters define limits to small events at the moment of setting up their lineups and booking the artists.

Christof Huber, from OpenAir St.Gallen – official (CH), Emma Zillmann, Bluedot Festival | Kendal Calling (GB) and Dimitris Voglis, from Release Athens Festival (GR), will join Rui Torrinha on this debate, that is scheduled to January, 17th, 3 PM, at the De Oosterpoort complex.



🔔 Westway LAB calls artists once again to an unrepeatable and surprising experience at the heart of the festival’s creation – Centro de Criação de Candoso (CCC) – which has already spawned new musical projects and created futures (together) by crossing various talents, musical styles and geographic backgrounds.

If you’re a 🇵🇹 Portuguese artist, you can apply now❗️to be part of this international territory of creation and export, knowledge, sharing, networking and enjoyment in the musical universe 💫🌍🎶 >>

[Westway LAB 2020 takes place from April 15 to 18 and the Open Calls close on December 31]

OPEN CALL FOR WESTWAY LAB 2020’s city showcases!

Westway LAB is about to launch a new episode of this big and surprising adventure that takes place every Spring in Guimarães!
And the applications for ‘City Showcases’ are now open! 🔥
If you’re an artist, apply here to play 🎤🔊🎸🎹 via gigmit and showcase your talent at the festival:

Last edition, we exceeded (once again) by a big difference the number of applications from the previous year. Thank you for the the biggest response ever! And now you have a new brand opportunity to be part of this story 😉
Westway LAB 2020 takes place from April 15 to 18 and the Open Calls close on December 31.

We’re loading the next adventure…

In the 6th edition of Westway LAB, musical notes came to life in Guimarães in the form of 29 concerts, 14 conferences, 2 keynotes, 2 workshops, 3 networking sessions, 20 European export offices, 2 Talks and 4 artist residencies.
The Vila Flor Cultural Center (CCVF) was the epicenter of an energy that spread to the city throughout the four days of this music event, affirming Westway LAB as an international territory of creation and export, knowledge, sharing, networking and enjoyment in the musical universe, which extends and widens its bridges, which this year have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a more consolidated way, with Canada as a country in the spotlight.

Westway LAB is about to launch a new episode of this big and surprising adventure, bringing together once again the public, artists and professionals from the music industry, all in Guimarães, a city in continuous transformation motivated by creation and thought.

See you in Spring for the next adventure!

>> 15 – 18 April 2020 <<

New website coming soon:


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Applications for INES#talent ahead ⚠️ 🇪🇺🎤🎹🎸🥁🎷

INES Showcase Festival Network➡️Westway LAB➡️gigmit➡️Budapest Showcase Hub➡️PIN Music Conference➡️Enea Spring Break Festival➡️FOCUS Wales➡️Linecheck➡️LIVE AT HEART➡️m4music Festival➡️Mastering the Music Business➡️Nouvelle Prague➡️Sharpe Festival➡️Sonic Visions➡️What’s Next in Music?➡️Waves Vienna➡️Monkey Week➡️Liverpool Sound City➡️c/o pop Festival➡️MENT Ljubljana➡️Kontakt Beograd

Applications for INES#talent are now open!

INES#talent is a programme enabling promising talents from all participating countries to advance their international careers by performing at showcase festivals all over Europe. By being nominated as INES#talent, you can maximise your chances to be booked and play at 18 different INES showcase festivals.

This year 125 talents will be chosen as INES#talents to play some of over 130 performance slots reserved only for them. 

Artists who get booked for an INES festival will get a min. fee of 250€, plus accommodation, festival passes & one conference ticket.

Apply now to become INES#talent 2020 here: ➡️ ⬅️

Applications close on the 27th of August!

List of all the members: gigmitBudapest Showcase HubPIN Music ConferenceEnea Spring Break FestivalFOCUS WalesLinecheck,LIVE AT HEARTm4music FestivalMastering the Music BusinessNouvelle PragueSharpe Festival,Sonic VisionsWestway LABWhat’s Next in Music?Waves ViennaMonkey WeekLiverpool Sound Cityc/o pop FestivalMENT Ljubljana andKontakt Beograd!

Presenting Westway LAB 2019 | 10, 11, 12, 13 April

Every year in Spring, Guimarães becomes a music city. 
Portugal’s first showcase festival and pro music conference offers a very groundbreaking experience with Artist Residencies, Conferences, Talks, Showcases, Concerts and Canada as guest country.
From 10th to 13th of April, Westway LAB connects Portugal to Europe and the world with a strong focus on the international music industry. 🚂🌍🎸🎹

[The Black Mamba, Tashi Wada Group feat. Julia HolterBatida apresenta: The Almost Perfect DJ, Captain BoyMister RolandParaguaiiWhales
*The first 150 passes also give exclusive access to the opening concert with Jacco Gardner]
Access to the remaining 21 concerts is done on a first-come, first-served basis, until the room capacity. Once maximum capacity has been reached, visitors will be let in on a ‘one out – one in’ base.



Creative Europe INES Showcase Festival Network ETEP (ESNSFundação GDA Embaixada do Canadá em Portugal Canadian Independent Music Association – CIMA/Canadian Blast Music Export Canada Why PortugalA.M.A.E.I. – Associação de Músicos Artistas e Editoras Independentes Clube Criativos de Portugal RTP Antena 3