The c/o pop festival has been bringing national and international acts from the fields of electro, indie, hip-hop/rap and related styles to Cologne's stages since 2004 - including both established artists and newcomers. Since then, the focus has increasingly shifted towards national newcomers - after all, c/o pop sees itself as a festival of discovery.
Highlights include special events such as the pop-NRW Award, where the best acts from NRW are chosen, label evenings, showcases and networking events, where labels, musicians and other players can get to know each other.
The past few years have shown that the concept works: a number of national acts such as The Whitest Boy Alive, BrandtBrauerFrick, Moderat, Roosevelt, Dillon and AnnenMayKantereit played at the festival long before their breakthrough, proving that the c/o pop festival is an ideal springboard - also for international success. In 2019, the organizers have revamped the entire c/o pop concept and, what's more, made a double move: For the first time, the festival took place at the beginning of the season and thus in May and moved from the Belgian Quarter to the colorful Ehrenfeld.
Through the Corona Pandemic, the concept was transferred to the vituelle world to offer newcomers a stage despite the festival cancellation in April 2020.
Then, in October 2020, "c/o pop xoxo" was born.
c/o pop xoxo is a special digital edition that the c/o pop festival and c/o pop convention team developed in the pandemic year 2020 so that Cologne could have, if not a real festival, at least a virtual one. As part of the special edition, the c/o pop festival and the associated convention were bundled into four days and two different chanels. While the festival stream could simply be tuned in, there were specific slots for some limited-participant convention workshops that interested parties could sign up for in advance.
The festival consisted of a carefully selected mix of concert highlights and pre-recorded special content that allowed viewers to see a different side of their favorite acts. For example, the festival team invited the musicians* to a candy factory, to vaulting or to the go-kart track. For the streamed concerts, the festival organizers placed great emphasis on the design of the stages, giving the shows very individual and very special moments.