After discussing intellectual property ajar with modern cyberculture in 2009, German c/o pop is now re-focusing on the creative industries from June 23 to 28 in Cologne this year. With a thematic range from creative tools or sustainability to future communication and storytelling among other topics the festival is trying to generate a collective exchange between the worldwide first ever international cross-branch forum for the creative industry, the C’n’B Convention (June 23 to 25), and the regular live music program. Too, c/o pop is joining forces with Koelnmesse for an even broader contextual asset. No wonder, even the porn industry is of the party.
Logically there will be a long list of interesting speakers – for instance Dieter Gorny (founder of the German music fair Popkomm, former manger of German music TV broadcaster VIVA, president of both, the German Music Council and the European Music Council), Steve Blame (author, screenwriter, TV format developer and TV host), Heiko Hebig (German blogger and head of Burda Media’s Media Innovation Lab), Ji-Hun Kim from German electronic music and culture magazine de:bug will participate in the debate. Eventually, a very special keynote interview, impressively underlining the forum’s aspiration and content, will take place on Thursday as official begin with Cristiana Falcone Sorrell, who’s representing the (unofficial) hub of the world, the World Economic Forum in Geneva, and the Stanford University.
So one can be excited for this year’s presentations, discussions and a possible and helpful consent for music and creative industries.
This gets aligned by a extensive and exceptional festival program. On Friday German magazine Spex invites everyone to watch Robyn, Caribou and Bonaparte at Cologne’s Gloria Theatre, while Luxor will see autoKratz supporting New Young Pony Club and Hans Unstern, Ja, Panik and 1000 Robota will play at Bogen2. The day before the same venue will host a night with Crystal Fighters among others in cooperation with Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival. Too, on Thursday the artistic likes of Hjaltalín, the Casio Kids and Jamaica will turn Europareise‘s networking party into good one at Stadtgarten and Studio672, where already on Wednesday the electronic music night Deep Vibes will celebrate the kick-off of the festival marathon.
Of course it wouldn’t be c/o pop, if there wouldn’t bet some top-class label showcases. This year the ones of Get Physical (Thu. /w M.A.N.D.Y., Thomas Schumacher and others at Roxy), local Kompakt (Fr. /w Michael Mayer, Gui Boratto a.o. at Papierfabrik), Ed Banger (Fr. /w Uffie, Mr Flash and Busy P at Bootshaus) and – finally – Italic Recordings (Thu. /w Von Spar a.o. at Deutz Air) are not to be missed. Saturday night then provides you with Schlachthofbronx, Edu K, Douster and Daniel Haaksman at the big Favela Blast-Party at Opernterassen.
Here’s a list of our personal highlights for the week: Pantha Du Prince will play an exclusive silent gig at the city’s zoo (powered by Sennheiser), wall to wall with the tropical house and between gorillas and tigers (sic!), on Friday, Phoenix‘s a Telekom Streetgig on the roof top of the Koelnmesse on Thursday, Die Vögel at the Herr von Eden Shop on Saturday, German legendary band Die Sterne together with Gomma’s Munk at the official c/o pop closing party at Stadtgarten on Sunday, and Aufgang plus the Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz duo a common concert at Kölner Philharmonie.
Other great artists from the festival’s line-up include Tiefschwarz, DJ Hell, Booka Shade, We Have Band, The Go! Team, Shantel, Dâm Funk, the Post War Years, Matias Aguayo, Hundreds, beat!beat!beat!, Morgan Geist and – somehow as well – German snot snout Gunter Gabriel (vicarious embarrassment deluxe).
See the full program with all yet-unmentioned acts here. A festival ticket will cost you € 77.50 and is available like single tickets for every event and gig here. You’ll find the entrance fees and the complete program for the C’n’B convention here and here.
IMAGE: MONTAGE (PHOTO: “AUFGANG” BY P.E. RASTOIN; LOGOS: C/O POP)
TEXT INCLUDES MINOR QUOTES FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASES OF C/O POP.