c/o pop xoxo edition
c/o pop xoxo edition

What is the c/o pop xoxo edition?

Normally the c/o pop Festival & Convention would have been over long ago at this point in time. But for well-known reasons we will soon be distributing virtual Hugs & Kisses. The c/o pop xoxo edition, which is suitable for Corona, will take place from 21st to 24th of October. As sad as we were to see the cancellation of the regular festival and convention, we see the special edition as an opportunity to explore new possibilities in terms of content, concept, communication and technology. With c/o pop xoxo, the Festival and Convention will jointly build a bridge between live events under pandemic conditions and interactive live formats, some of which will take place in front of an audience. Of course, we will always keep our core idea in focus: the promotion of young pop musicians. And in order to offer you more than just a normal concert stream, we have developed new concepts and a lot of special content in the last few weeks, so that you can stream through the most diverse program fields for four days. And don't worry: We don't just show filmed live shows, but a curated selection of hit songs by the best newcomers in the country.

Something between live experience and stream

With c/o pop xoxo, we want to offer artists* and acts the chance to perform in front of a small audience during this time of low concert activity. Because if Corona allows it, some formats will take place live and with an audience. We also want to play special places with new formats and offer you more than a normal stream. So look forward to special concert and interview formats as well as talks and breakout & expert sessions, keynotes, activities and accompanying activities on our social media channels. Tickets for a few live concerts will only be raffled via our social media channels. Please note that for events with an audience, we are particularly dependent on everyone adhering to the hygiene rules applicable at that time. With the c/o pop xoxo Convention Online-Ticket you can register for free online and participate in interesting online and exciting networking sessions.

Programme and Co.

We will be announcing the first swing of our new programme from mid-September. Of course, we had to completely change the festival program originally planned for April and are now focusing mainly on the local Cologne and NRW scene, but we will also introduce interesting people and musicians* from Germany and Europe. And since we're a little tired of concerts, we won't present the live shows on classical stages, but at places that take a different look at concerts and live performances. The c/o pop Convention will focus on the effects of the pandemic on the music industry, but also on the development of music and concerts in streams. We will give young bands an insight into new technologies and marketing concepts and, as always, provide practical know-how.


With a deep bow we would like to thank all partners and supporters and especially our sponsors the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Initiative Musik, the City of Cologne, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Creative Europe program and the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, who took this unusual step and supported our semi-virtual festival and convention special edition. Without you all this would not be possible!