‘Frankfurt Street Tunes’ inspire people to make music themselves
From 7 to 10 April, Frankfurt am Main will be covered by a sea of tones and sounds. For the first time, Musikmesse will be accompanied by a festival throughout the city, which will bring not only famous stars to Frankfurt’s clubs, bars and concert halls but also music and music making in the city centre. The programme of the new Musikmesse Festival includes concerts by world stars, local celebrities and up-and-coming newcomers, as well as musical activities outdoors and at extraordinary locations. “For four days, we want music to be the leading topic of conversation: at the Exhibition Centre, in concert halls, in clubs and in the pedestrian precincts”, explains Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “We are looking forward to a broad spectrum of tremendous events and great experiences, via which we aim to convey an awareness of music and the many different genres to the city and the region.”
From train station to grand concert hall: stars and celebrities at over 30 venues
Tens of thousands of guests from all over the world are expected in Frankfurt. They can look forward to a programme characterised by prominent names and a wide spectrum of genres. The highlights of the programme of over 50 concerts include an appearance by jazz legend
Al Jarreau with the hr-Bigband, the BigCityBeats Birthday with Sweden’s star DJs Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Eisbrecher rock band, German pop-poetLaith Al-Deen and the internationally successful Tube & Berger electro formation. The Musikmesse Festival concerts will be held in some of the region’s biggest and best-known event locations, such as the ‘Festhalle Frankfurt’, the ‘Alte Oper’, the ‘Jahrhunderthalle’ in Höchst, the ‘Batschkapp’ in Seckbach, the ‘Union-Halle’ on the Hanauer Landstrasse and the Gibson, Zoom and Silbergold clubs in downtown Frankfurt. Over 30 venues are partners of the Musikmesse Festival, as is ‘Clubs am Main’ an initiative of regional music clubs.
In cooperation with the RMV local public transport authority and German Rail (DB), the Musikmesse Festival will also offer an event unparalleled in Germany on Saturday, 9 April. On the platform of the Taunusanlage station, Von Brücken, the band of the former Jupiter Jones singer, will give an exclusive concert for passengers. Limited to 250, the tickets will be raffled exclusively via the www.sbahnbaustelle.de website as from 1 April. “With this concert”, says Prof. Knut Ringat, Spokesman of the Board of Management and CEO of RMV, “we would like to thank our passengers. Together with German Rail and Musikmesse, we sought a way to repay our passengers for their loyalty and Musikmesse visitors for their patience during the tunnel closure. There has never been a concert like this before in Germany and we are looking forward to it very much.” Visitors who are not lucky enough to win a ticket for the tunnel concert have the chance to hear Von Brücken with a smaller line up on the Unplugged Stage during Musikmesse.
Frankfurt Street Tunes – “Now you play”
Public areas in the city will also be open for musical activities and bring the sound of music to Frankfurt outside the usual event locations. The ‘Frankfurt Street Tunes’ project of the Musikmesse Festival will create playing points at various places in the city centre and give passers-by the chance to make music – all they have to do is take a seat and begin to play – for four days at locations such as the Hauptwache, Opernplatz, the ‘Fressgass’, the Paulskirche, the Liebfrauenberg and in the Musikmesse Festival Lounge at Goetheplatz. There, pianos will be available for everyone, regardless of whether they are a beginner or a full-time professional, who feels like giving a brief, improvised concert. Frankfurt Street Tunes is a cooperation of companies and institutes in Frankfurt, whose activities revolve around music and music making. “With this extraordinary event, we aim to make the subject of music visible in public areas, to bring people into contact with musical instruments and, of course, to fascinate and entertain them”, says Wolfgang Weyand, CEO of Weyand Entertainment Consulting GmbH and organiser of the Musikmesse Festival.
Musikmesse Festival Lounge at Goetheplatz
The ASRM Future Pavilion is the Festival Lounge. There, visitors can obtain information about the programme, buy a Festival Ticket and meet other music aficionados. Every day of the fair, there will be small concerts on the Pavilion Stage in the early evening, as well as receptions, special events and meet-and-greets. Admission is free of charge. Additionally, a variety of musical surprises are planned for the whole of Frankfurt between 7 and 10 April.
Musikmesse Festival links the Exhibition Centre and the city centre
Naturally, there will also be numerous events on the Musikmesse stages as part of the Musikmesse Festival – among the acts to be seen and heard are Jupiter Jones, The Dead Daisies all-star rock band, Bon Jovi’s guitarist Phil X, Berlin’s Staubkind dark rocker and YouTube superstar Sungha Jung. Visitors will also be able to see if not hear numerous prominent musicians at the new event areas of the fair and at the exhibitors’ stands, e.g., at performances, workshops, autograph sessions and meets-and-greets. The stars at Musikmesse includeKonstantin Wecker (winner of the ‘Pianist of the Year’ award), Schiller,(with a gig at the ‘Classic meets Future Forum’) Rod Gonzales (Die Ärzte), Roman Lob (Eurovision Song Contest 2012), Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton and Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee. Another highlight at Musikmesse: the Street Food Session on the outdoor exhibition area. Ten food trucks offer a wide variety of delicious dishes – revolving around a completely new form of experiential catering with culinary interpretations of musical genres. From Britpop with a ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ of fish & sweet-potato chips with Guinness mayo to ‘Highway To Hot Hell’, a tattooed burger with blood sauce. Taking part: celebrity chef Lucki Maurer (‘Kochen mit Knall’), Heiko Antoniewicz(author of ‘Flavour Pairin’, ‘Fermentation’), Christoph Brand (author of ‘Kochen Unplugged’) and other stars of the food scene.
With the combination of Musikmesse and the Musikmesse Festival, Frankfurt will be Europe’s most musical city for four days. And, for the first time, Musikmesse will be open not only for trade visitors but also for all music aficionados from Thursday to Sunday.
Musikmesse visitors can obtain a free Festival Ticket at the fair. The ticket consists of a Festival Band and a booklet of vouchers giving them reduced-price or even free entry to the individual Musikmesse Festival events (as long as there are tickets and room available). Music lovers buying the Festival Ticket for € 15 at the box office of one of the events will receive an attractive discount on the price of a Musikmesse admission ticket.