Do you know one person who thought 2020 was an okay year? We certainly don't. Nevertheless, we don't feel like complaining any further and prefer to announce rather proudly: 2020 has presented us with quite a few challenges and we made the best of it - and especially with your help! 1000 thanks that so many of you supported us and tuned in our stream!!! So we can say goodbye to 2020 with a clear conscience and look forward to 2021. Take a look at our aftermovie when you get a chance.
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!
We're back! With slight wounds due to the cancellation of the c/o pop festival & c/o pop Convention, but with a new concept for the anti-concert year 2020. It takes into account the current pandemic regulations and is at the same time extremely flexible, after all nobody can say what will happen until autumn. Despite all the uncertainty, we know one thing for sure: Cologne will have a festival this year! And since we've all had to do without Hugs & Kisses for far too long, we've given our newly designed semi-virtual child the name c/o pop xoxo.
The c/o pop xoxo festival will take place from 21 to 24 October 2020 and will combine classic concert performances with new digital formats, which we are currently working on at full speed, in a way that is entirely appropriate for a pandemic. Our plan is to stage various events such as concerts, workshops, readings and showcases on the subject of pop culture - depending on the current Corona status before an exclusive audience and using a multi-channel platform in conjunction with our social media channels. And that much we are already revealing: The live shows will not only take place at ordinary locations. The linchpin and thus the festival headquarters for xoxo will be Herbrand's in Cologne-Ehrenfeld.
The program for the four days in October will be announced in the following weeks.
Hugs & Kisses!
Your c/o pop xoxo team
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c/o pop Festival & Convention provide information on the latest developments concerning the corona virus COVID-19
It goes without saying that we are receiving an increasing number of enquiries about the status of planning and holding our event from April 22 to 26.
Therefore, we want to provide you with current information from now on!
As the organizers of the c/o pop Festival and the c/o pop Convention, we are aware of our responsibility towards our visitors, artists, speakers, partners, sponsors and staff, and we are taking this very seriously. For this reason, we are keeping in close contact and constant exchange with the local authorities and closely follow the communication of the Robert-Koch-Institute, the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) and the Federal Ministry of Health.
On March 10, the city of Cologne ordered that events with more than 1,000 expected visitors should be cancelled. The city of Cologne has also decided to initially set the ban until April 19, 2020.
Based on the current state of information and the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the city of Cologne, we therefore assume that the c/o pop Convention, the c/o pop Festival and c/o Ehrenfeld can take place as planned.
Just as it is said about citizens of the Rhineland, we are optimistic for the time being that we will be able to experience some great days together in these difficult times. If anything should change regarding the assessment and the guidelines of the responsible authorities relating to the organization of events in Cologne, you will find it out here immediately.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we did last year, we were again able to win Deutschlandfunk Nova as a partner for c/o Ehrenfeld 2020. The crew will curate the stage on Heliosstraße on Saturday, April 25th. We will keep the headliner secret for a while. But already now you can look forward to the two Bruckner brothers with hits like "Ich und deine Freunde" and "Tischtennistage" as well as the German Indiepop singer lilly among clouds.
One of our other offline partners is the Kulturservice Köln. The team takes care of the distribution of our flyers, which you may have stumbled across here and there. The Kulturservice Köln informs you with the "Kulturletter" but also regularly by mail about selected cultural tips in and around Cologne and carries out raffles for events - try your luck! Subscribe to the Kulturletter for free via the homepage or via Facebook or Instagram. You can find all information here!
Even though nowadays everyone carries their own billboard in the form of a smartphone, the good old medium of posters is of course far from obsolete. And for everything that has to do with our billboarding, we have been working for years with the most super partner ever: Supersteini. The Supersteini Music Marketing Agency has been active in the field of outdoor advertising since 1999 and creates campaign-specific and individual super concepts. We bow in eternal gratitude.
On 25 and 26 April, Cologne's most colourful district will be even more colourful for a whole weekend. For the second time, c/o Ehrenfeld will take part in the festival within the festival. The musical programme is complete: From the Gürtel to Leyendecker Straße you can enjoy more than 70 concerts with highlights like Alfie Templeman, Audio88 & Yassin, ILIRA, Jules Ahoi and KeKe - in relevant locations like CBE, YUCA or our festival headquarters BüZe as well as in small shops along Venloer Straße. In addition to tattoo, DIY or handlettering courses on nail art, there will be readings, discussions and workshops at various exciting locations throughout the weekend. We will announce the complete supporting programme on 11 March. All events within the framework of c/o Ehrenfeld are free of charge.
They are those who inspire us through their talent, but especially through their commitment and convictions. They are, to us, the generation to keep an eye on.
Every year, We are Europe chooses a panel of European change makers.Individuals who are pushing “reset” on the European project through music, culture, new European democratic energies, and the renewal of entrepreneurial uses and practices.They may be musicians, DJs, journalists, new media figures, authors, designers, visual artists, chefs, directors, philosophers, play-wrights or cultural entrepreneurs.
Find out more: http://weare-europe.eu/en/they-are-europe
No sooner has 2020 begun our programme for the Festival Wednesday to Friday is complete. New in the line-up are the German-Italian DJ, multi-instrumentalist and music producer David August, the hip-hop duo 257ers, who released two studio albums last year, the shooting star of the German rap scene Eunique as well as our all-time favourite actor, DJ and total artwork Lars Eidinger. With his infamous "Autistic Disco" he will be whistling at all genre etiquette in the Waggonhalle in Ehrenfeld. Apart from the Autistic Disco, we have two more party series in the program for Friday night: Cosmo (with Pongo and LYZZA) at the Yuca and Brutalism (with Bjarki, MK Braun, Måtyrer & Dornen) at the Artheater. You can also look forward to an extraordinary premiere: Cologne's first Crystal Ball. The concept of the Ballrooms originates from the New York homo-/transsexual and Afro/Latin American community of the 60s/70s. These events are all about unfolding individually through an expressive dance style called Voguing. The collective "House of Saint Laurent" (formerly "The House of Melody") brought the pompous concept to Germany and also presents the show at the Bürgerzentrum Ehrenfeld. Here a jury evaluates the Voguing dances, which include model poses from the fashion world.
Together with the GEMA we call again this year for the band contest. No matter if solo musicians* or bands - as soon as a member is registered with GEMA, you can apply until January 21st. You can win a showcase slot at the c/o pop Festival on Sunday 26 April at Em Drügge Pitter in Ehrenfeld. Last year's winners were Die Kerzen, Die Cigaretten, TinTin and Prada Meinhoff.
Click here for the application form: http://bit.ly/gemaxcopop
We don't want to release you from 2019 without giving you some new confirmations for the c/o pop Sause 2020. Let's go: On festival Thursday, the almost innumerable band members of Querbeat will make the Carlswerk Victoria quake - and, as expected, also in front of the stage. At the same time, the Sartory Säle will certainly be a bit quieter, as the location will be seated. Here Kat Frankie presents together with seven singers her genre-spanning a cappella show, which she has put together from old and newly composed material.
But the festival Thursday has much more to offer: In the Ehrenfelder YUCA the Toronto-based Lo-Fi-Electro-Noise-collective Holy Fuck will play, next door in the CBE the power trio of Dream Wife from London will perform and The Düsseldorf Düsterboys from Essen, some of whom have already inspired us as International Music, will be performing in the Ehrenfelder BüZe.
Sorry, but now you have to decide ...
The previous line-up looks like this: Foals, Querbeat, Kat Frankie, GoGo Penguin, Nura, Province, Balbina, Dream Wife, The Düsseldorf Düsterboys, AVEC, Holy Fuck, Mia Morgan.
Shortly before christmas we have re-equipped our shop especially for you - finally! Until now the shopping cart function was missing, which was extremely annoying if you wanted to buy tickets for different concerts. Now you can simply choose the concerts you want to buy, pay only once for hardtickets and finish your order process in a comfortable and uncomplicated way. So if you're still looking for the right Christmas present, you can provide all your friends with a wide variety of concert tickets at one go, without having to worry about cumbersome ordering procedures.
We have expanded our portfolio with a new venue: Our new favourite venue for larger acts with the expected large audience is the Carlswerk Victoria, which is located right next to the Schauspielhaus in Mülheim. The enchanting hall on the former Felten & Guilleaume site has been lovingly transformed into a concert location and is perfect for the huge Brasspop crew from Querbeat, for example.
#1 What types of tickets are available?
With the festivalticket for 85 Euro (plus booking fees) you have access to all concerts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the c/o pop Festival. Admission is only possible until the capacity limit of the individual venues has been reached. So be there early.
2. Single tickets
There are single tickets for each concert on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the festival. With these tickets you have guaranteed access to the respective concerts.
#2 Where can I buy tickets?
The festival and single tickets are available in our webshop: http://bit.ly/ticketscopop
or as printed tickets in the stationary trade. You can find booking offices near you at: http://bit.ly/vvkstellen
#3 Is it possible to buy single tickets for several concerts at the same time?
In our shop you have the possibility to buy several tickets at once: http://bit.ly/copoppackage
#4 What prices do I see?
The prices in our shop are final prices including advance booking fees. To ensure maximum transparency, we will show you the final ticket price (except for shipping or printing costs for hard or fan tickets).
#5 Do I have to buy tickets for c/o Ehrenfeld?
There are no tickets for Saturday and Sunday of the festival, as admission is free everywhere. Here, too, we can only guarantee admission until the capacity limits of the respective location have been reached. The best thing is to be there early.
Recently they have announced two club shows for Germany and we are proud to be able to host one of them: The headliner for the c/o pop Festival 2020 is Foals! This year the band from Oxford released two albums and the double album "Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost" respectively - part 1 came out in March, part 2 followed in October. Foals will prove how the new songs sound live at Palladium on April 24th.
For experienced Cologne concert goers, it is not really a new location - but for c/o pop Festival it is: We are delighted to be able to include the Kulturkirche Nippes in our location pool for 2020, after all, this magical location is a guarantee for very special concerts. Anyone who has experienced this knows what we are talking about. If you don't, you should get your ticket as soon as possible. For example for Balbina on April 22.
Although it is still quite a while until April and so far only a fraction of the line-up has been completed, we have put together a playlist to get you in the mood. Listen to the songs of our released acts on Spotify: Foals, GoGo Penguin, Nura, Province, Balbina, AVEC and Mia Morgan.
Festival tickets and single tickets. All tickets now on sale.
Also this year there will be single tickets for the different shows. The festival ticket is valid for all events. From now on you can buy the festival ticket of 85 Euro plus advance booking fees in our webshop. Admission to the various concerts is only possible until the capacity limit is reached.
Date, location and concept - you can't knock over much more at a festival. We did all that. And that's exactly why we're keeping our feet still in 2020 and are only turning a few small screws: In order to link the c/o pop Convention and the Festival even more, to shorten the distances and to bundle synergies, the c/o pop Convention 2020 is moving to a new headquarters - the Herbrand's in Ehrenfeld. We are already looking forward to the new venue with its chic event rooms and the huge, cosy beer garden. The c/o pop convention starts on 23 April and ends on 26 April with New Talents Day. The limited tickets are now available. You can also buy the other tickets for the festival and the convention via www.c-o-pop.de from now on.
Our first announcement was awarded the 1LIVE Crown as "Best Artist" in 2018 and already cooperated with acts like Trettmann. We are delighted to have won Berlin based rapper Nura for our c/o pop Festival program next spring. She will be solo on the stage of the wonderful Gloria on Thursday of the Festival. Our second act is only marginally related to rap, her sound could be described more appropriately as jazz-inspired electronica: The Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin will hopefully transform the Sartory Säle into an oversized dance floor on festival Friday with their unusual mix of styles. The sound of Mia Morgan from Kassel is also suitable for dance floors. At any rate, she has already proven this in the supporting program of great acts such as Casper and Drangsal. The artist herself describes her music as Gruftpop - and immediately called her first EP produced by Max Rieger that. On Wednesday of the festival she will play at the YUCA in Ehrenfeld.
The competition begins on 11 September 2020 and ends on 18 September 2020 at 12:00 noon.
All persons who have reached the age of 18 are eligible to participate. Employees of cologne on pop GmbH are not eligible to participate.
And this is how it works:
Find one of the c/o pop stickers in Cologne. Take a picture of it and upload it to your story on Instagram. Tag @copopfestival and @copopconvention to take part in the competition.
Prize: A tattoo of Gillian East (choice of 8 premade motives which are shown in the Instagram Post)
Date: by arrangement
Location: Studio East/ Bonn
The winner will be determined by lot immediately after the participation period.
The winners will be notified by direct message.
No liability is assumed for technical faults. Legal action is excluded. A cash payment, change or exchange of the prize is not possible. Prize claims are not transferable. Personal data in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act will be stored for the purposes required in connection with this competition. The data will not be passed on to other third parties and will be deleted after the promotion is over.
The competition is not affiliated with Instagram and is in no way sponsored, supported or organized by Instagram. The recipient of the information provided by the participant is not Instagram, but cologne on pop GmBH as operator of the Instagram page. Participation in the competition is only possible under the conditions listed here.
By participating in the competition, the participant expressly accepts these conditions of participation.