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11 – 14.4.2018, Frankfurt am Main

Musikmesse Festival 2017

Free Festival ticket for all Musikmesse visitors

A great cross-section of genres from classic to punk:

Oleta Adams & hr-Bigband, David Garrett, Till Brönner, Pietro Lombardi, Kayef, Steve Stevens & Band, Branford Marsalis Quartet & Kurt Elling and Extrabreit in Frankfurt

Musikmesse Festival 2017

The second edition of Musikmesse Festival will offer Musikmesse 2017 visitors and exhibitors, not to mention all music aficionados, a multifarious programme of events from 5 to 8 April.

There will be a special Musikmesse Festival ticket giving reduced price or even free admission to the events. Musikmesse visitors can obtain one free of charge at the entrances to the fair. Additionally, it can also be purchased online for EUR 15 at the Musikmesse Festival website (plus advance-booking charges).

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Concert highlights from classic to punk:

International German Piano Award
(5 April, Großer Saal, Alte Oper Frankfurt)

Works by Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov – played by out-standing talents on the piano with the ‘Staatskapelle Halle’ orchestra: the Grand Finale of the 7th International German Piano Award is also the official opening concert of Musikmesse

Till Brönner
(6 April, Congress Center, Messefrankfurt)

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Germanys best-known jazz musician is not only a brilliant trumpeter but also a singer-songwriter with a great band. In 2016, he appeared in the White House during the International Jazz Day – at the invitation of former President Barack Obama. Fans of this multi-talented musician will be able to hear the unmistakable Brönner Sound.

Branford Marsalis Quartet & Kurt Elling
(6 April, Alte Oper Frankfurt)

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Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and baritone vocalist Kurt Elling will hold a special jazz evening. Marsalis has not only released numerous successful albums but also secured a place for himself in music history through his collaborations with artists such as James Taylor and Tina Turner. Elling has delighted jazz fans worldwide with his versatile voice and has been awarded a Grammy in the ‘Best Vocal Album’ category. Together, the musicians will perform renowned standards from the Great American Songbook.

(6 April, Das Bett)


Founded long before acclaimed German bands, such as ‘Tote Hosen’ and ‘Die Ärzte’, Extrabreit discovered the beauty of the three-minute guitar hymn with snotty, subversive texts and stormed the charts with songs such as ‘Hurra die Schule brennt…’ (Hurray the school is burning).

David Garrett
(7 April, presentation of Frankfurt Music Prize, Paulskirche)


Internationally renowned star violinist David Garrett is to be honoured with the Frankfurt Music Prize 2017. David Garrett will be presented with the award in the ‘Paulskirche’ and give a brief demonstration of his talent live on stage.

A limited contingent of tickets for the ceremony will be available to the general public for the first time. However, the tickets will not be sold – fans of the musician can win them in a raffle. Further details can be found on the Musikmesse Festival website. The raffle campaign begins on 9 March.

Steve Stevens & Band, Special Guest: Gus G.
(7 April, Batschkapp)

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Grammy winner, guitarist, songwriter and composer Steve Stevens will be the focal point of an unforgettable evening in Frankfurt during his European tour. Steve Stevens is primarily known from his 30-year musical partnership with Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson's ‘Dirty Diana’ song and the award of a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his solo playing in the title anthem of the Top Gun movie. Together with his band and Special Guest Gus G. – guitarist of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne – he will appear on the stage.

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Pietro Lombardi & Kayef
(8 April, St. Peter Youth Culture Church)

Pietro Lombardi

In 2011, he won the talent show ‘Deutschland sucht den Superstar’, and, within a week his winning single, ‘Call my Name’, had sold 300,000 copies, achieved platinum status and was topping the charts in the entire German-speaking region. During the Musikmesse Festival, he will appear with a unique acoustic show. On the same evening, YouTube star Kayef will be on stage. The rap and pop singer’s YouTube channel has around 450,000 subscribers and his album ‘Chaos’ went straight to fourth place on the German album chart.

Oleta Adams & hr-Bigband
(8 April, Congress Centrum, Messe Frankfurt)

Oleta Adams

An extraordinary musical encounter awaits visitors to the Musikmesse Festival when soul, jazz, and gospel singer and pianist Oleta Adams meets the hr-Bigband conducted by Jörg Achim Keller. The US artist first came to the attention of a wider audience through her work with ‘Tears for Fears’ in the late eighties. Many of her solo singles, including ‘Get Here’ and ‘Window of Hope’ made it into the international charts. The concert will be held as the closing event of Musikmesse.

New: First Backstage Club Award (5 April, Milchsackfabrik)

The new Award will be presented during the Musikmesse Festival. Initiated in cooperation with associations and clubs, as well as musicians’ organisations, the award honours venues that offer artists optimum conditions and support – the choice will be made by the musicians themselves.

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