This thesis, “Soundscapes geographies of the alternative music scene in Graz”, investigates the alternative music scene in Graz and its contribution to the citys image as a city of culture. In order to collect my data, people and agencies that are involved in the scene, such as venue managers/owners and broadcasting agencies were interviewed and participants of the local alternative music scene were invited to focus group discussions. By applying those qualitative research methods, a concept of what alternative music means and what it involves for the research participants is created and the most important hotspots and broadcasting agencies are staged in the local alternative music scene. In addition, alternative music events that are important for the local scene are introduced and outlined. Further, the thesis highlights if music is taken into account in the investigation of the geographies of a place, information about social, political and economic networks is revealed. Moreover, my research shows that the expansion of the local alternative music scene is inhibited by certain policies of the city of Graz. The biggest problem for venues and organizers of events are the legal restrictions. Smaller alternative music venues often cannot afford to adapt to those regulations and either have to close the business and events have to be cancelled or they become more mainstream to generate more income. Therefore, the thesis supports the argument that the alternative music scene contributes to the local cultural life, but is insufficiently recognized by the city when promoting Graz as a city of culture.