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Cologne On POP

Cologne On POP

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COLOGNE ON POP (c/o pop) is an annual festival for urban pop culture which has been taking place in the city of Cologne since 2004. The festival is focused mainly on electronic music,international indie pop and rock. It widely renowned for its fine mixture between up & coming artists and big names. Some of today's most famous artists in the independent sector played here first (Franz Ferdinand, Phoenix, Art Brut, Maximo Park, Arcade Fire, Crystal Castles). In just five years, c/o pop has managed to establish itself as an innovative gathering for the music and media industries. A festival, trade fair and conference in one, it can be seen as a think tank which provides the ideal conditions for multimedia presentations and direct, productive networking. We interviewed Ralph Christoph who is the head of strategy.

What is c/o pop? c/o pop is an urban public festival and a pop culture 2.0 convention plus business forum for the creative industries in Cologne, Germany. c/o pop stands synonymous for »cologne on pop«, but also for »care of pop«. The festival and the convention take place every year in August since 2004. The festival had 30.000 visitors in 2008, the convention over 1.000 professional attendees. c/o pop is for everyone who has a stake and a belief in the future of music. It’s for investors, musicians and business people. It’s not just the traditional music business, it’s games and branding and technology. We believe: It’s the future. c/o pop is a place to listen and to argue. It’s a place to be rational and passionate. At c/o pop you network with people who care and people who matter. But again, it’s also a music festival. c/o pop 2009 will be from august 12 til 16. How did it begin? c/o pop was invented after the Popkomm, Germany’s traditional trade fair for the major music industry moved to Berlin after being 14 years in Cologne. In the early days c/o pop defined itself as festival for electronic pop culture (a type of music, Cologne was famous for world wide ever since) and was a German version of events like Sonar in Barcelona. Then it was transformed into to gathering for the independent music industry. Since then it grew and went international, and turned its focus more and more onto the belongings of the fast growing creative industries. The music festival still stays in the middle, and still is very close connected with the local labels, clubs and promoters and agents for independent music and concerts. Most interesting things to expect this year? For the festival: new locations (theatre and philharmonic) and again, the best talent to watch out for in 2009. For the business forum this year’s focused topics will be »Creative Music Business«, »Games & Music«, »TV & Music«, »Communication«, »Distribution«, »Production«, »Rights & Royalties« and »Education & Politics«. In general one could say, that music has never had so many new partners, so many new forms of distribution, and so many new investors. Through the likes of MySpace and Last.fm, there’s never been so many platforms for new music as in 2009. c/o pop wants to »celebrate« the new music business and the new music which powers it.

Highlights from previous years? Artists who have performed at c/o pop in the last five years include bands and acts:
  • Franz Ferdinand, Maxïmo Park, M.I.A., The Arcade Fire, Jan Delay & Disko No. 1,
  • Hercules & Love Affair, Mouse On Mars, Bela B., Alter Ego, Art Brut, Laurent Garnier,
  • Hard-Fi, Uffie feat. Feadz, DAF, Dinosaur Jr., Hot Hot Heat, Saint Etienne, Orishas,
  • Tomte, The Go! Team, Fettes Brot, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Crystal Castles, Burger/Voigt, The Orb,
  • International Pony, Phoenix, José Gonzáles, Modeselektor, Dresden Dolls, Gui Boratto,
  • Gravenhurst, MIT, Fehlfarben, T. Raumschmiere, and DJs like Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth,
  • Michael Mayer, Richie Hawtin, DJ Koze, Madlib, Larry Heard, Wigh nomy Brothers,
  • Superpitcher, Aril Brikha, Vicarious Bliss, DJ Mehdi, Dominik Eulberg, Optimo, Matias Aguayo,
  • Sascha Funke and many many more.
What do people gain by attending?
A great time at  the coolest and friend-liest music fair in the German-speaking world« (Groove Magazin) and »one of the most important industry gatherings in Europe, without sacrificing either its charm or its youthfulness« (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) in Cologne, the heart of Europe’s electronic music culture. And of course lots of great concerts, parties, and label nights.

Please check www.c-o-pop.de <http://www.c-o-pop.de> for further details an upcoming news and press inquiries

Daniela Siemon

mailto: press@c-o-pop.de Dj Mehdi at c/o pop 2008

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