Musikmesse, Musikmesse Plaza 2020 and Musikmesse Festival events with more than 1,000 attendees cancelled
Consequent on a general degree issued by the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration, it is no longer possible to hold the ‘Musikmesse Plaza’ (3 and 4 April) or any concerts of the ‘Musikmesse Festival’ (31 March to 4 April) with over 1,000 visitors. As it cannot be expected that the situation will change soon enough to schedule an adequate catch-up event, the organisers announce that the international trade show Musikmesse will not take place in 2020.
Musikmesse 2020 postponed / the regional events ‘Musikmesse Plaza’ and ‘Musikmesse Festival’ to go ahead as planned
Given the increasing spread of Covid-19 in Europe, Messe Frankfurt has decided to postpone Musikmesse 2020. The health of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees has top priority for Messe Frankfurt. The new dates will be announced in the near future. Visitor admission tickets continue to be valid.
‘Silent is the new Loud’: Hearsafe Technologies and other partners bring Silent Stage Solutions to Musikmesse
Clean sound on the stage, less stress on the ear – and, at the end of the day, a better performance by the band. In a new special section at Musikmesse (1 to 4 April), visitors will be able to find out how they can benefit from using the concept of a ‘silent stage’ for themselves. With their ‘Silent Stage Solutions’ project, Hearsafe Technologies and other partners will be demonstrating some practical approaches to solutions, which enable musicians to access some of the requisite technical possibilities. With specialist guidance, bands will be able to gain experience and check out all the components on stage in a live situation.
Musikmesse: Frankfurt Music Prize 2020 goes to Peter Maffay and his band
With 19 Number One albums, he is the most successful artist in the German album charts. This year’s Frankfurt Music Prize goes to singer, composer and music producer Peter Maffay and his band. The internationally renowned award is presented annually at the Musikmesse, Europe’s biggest trade fair for the music sector, which this year is being held from 1 to 4 April. The ceremony will take place in the ‘Paulskirche’, Frankfurt am Main, at 19.00 hrs on Friday, 3 April.
The creative scene to meet in Frankfurt: European Songwriting Awards and SongsCon at Musikmesse 2020
On Friday, 3 April 2020, Frankfurt will once again be a magnet for songwriters, composers and producers from all over Europe. At the ‘European Songwriting Awards’, a jury of international A&Rs from labels such as Universal Music Polydor / Island and Ultra Music Europe will honour outstanding creative talents. Following the successes of past years, the organisers have upped the ante this year and are now giving the award in four categories. Additionally, visitors to ‘SongsCon Frankfurt’ can look forward to a full programme of panel discussions, songwriting & producing masterclasses, a listening session and a songwriting camp.
‘International Vintage Show’ presents the history of Gretsch and a market for buying and selling guitars at Musikmesse 2020
At the ‘International Vintage Show’, visitors to this year’s Musikmesse (1 to 4 April) have the opportunity not only to see legendary guitar models but also to immerse themselves in the history of the renowned Gretsch brand in an elaborate special exhibition. On top of that, there will be even more highlights for guitar fans on Friday and Saturday, when the fair opens to the public. For example, everyone can buy, sell or exchange guitars, as well as meet star guitarists and take part in Fender, Gibson and Gretsch workshops, at the new ‘Musikmesse Plaza’ pop-up market. But that’s not all: an all-star band under musical director Thomas Blug invites visitors to join him on a musical journey through the history of rock under the motto ‘Mojo of Gretsch Guitars’ at the Vintage Concert Night on Friday evening.
Line-up for "Randy Rhoads Remembered" at Musikmesse 2020 filling up: top artistes such as Richie Faulkner, Gus G., Tony MacAlpine
Celebrities of the international scene will be presenting a musical memorial for guitar legend Randy Rhoads at Musikmesse 2020. The memorial show, "Randy Rhoads Remembered" on 2 April, will be devoted to the life's work of this hugely style-forming musician and will be focusing particularly on his period of joint work with Ozzy Osbourne. The project's founder and former Ozzy drummer Brian Tichy leads an all-star Band which will perform the songs from the memorable albums "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman". Moreover, musicians and companions will tell stories about Rhoads’ life and work.
New ‘Acoustic Village’ to provide a home for numerous top guitar brands at Musikmesse 2020
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Musikmesse (1 to 4 April 2020) is set to open a new, central attraction for the acoustic-guitar community with presentations by numerous renowned companies from home and abroad at the ‘Acoustic Village’ in Hall 3.1. In addition to the product presentations, there will be a lounge, sound cabins and a separate meeting room for business discussions in a tranquil atmosphere.
Bernie Marsden, Don Airey, Jennifer Batten: top international stars to rock together during the ‘Ultimate Jam’ at Musikmesse
Never before have these artists shared a stage: at the ‘Ultimate Jam’, world-famous musicians from the worlds of rock, pop, metal, soul & blues will join forces to give an incredible all-star concert. Accompanied by a great backing band under Musical Director Siggi Schwarz, star guests such as Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake, etc.), Don Airey (Deep Purple, etc.), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, etc.), Pete York (The Spencer Davis Group) as well as exceptional singer Andreas Kümmert and YouTube star Alexandr Misko will ensure music of the highest standard.
‘Randy Rhoads Remembered’: memorial show for legendary Ozzy guitarist celebrates European premiere at Musikmesse 2020
He is reckoned to be one of the most influential guitarists of all time. In 1980, Randy Rhoads played his way into the history books of rock music as the congenial partner of Ozzy Osbourne on the legendary ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ album. 40 years later, at Musikmesse (1 to 4 April 2020), the ‘Randy Rhoads Remembered’ project is set to provide a musical memorial to the American guitarist who died far too young. An all-star group assembled around drummer Brian Tichy breathes new life into the memory – with a unique European show in honour of the joint creative achievements of Rhoads and Osbourne. Performing with them are inimitable greats such as Phil Soussan, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and Christian Brady.
Home of Drums: John Riley, Alex Landenburg and other artists to attend the new Community Event at Musikmesse
The international drumming scene has a new meeting place: the ‘Home of Drums’ will be celebrating its launch at the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre on Musikmesse’s public open days (3 and 4 April 2020). The event combines product demonstrations by top brands, knowledge transfer and performances by international artists. The presence of the first artists to sign up has already been confirmed. They will be there to perform live on some of the drum sets and to pass on their expertise to the drumming community at large - both at the show and on the accompanying online platform, www.homeofdrums.com.
Musikmesse 2020: multiple participation options, great content and lower stand-rental prices for the 40th birthday edition
Musikmesse celebrates its 40th birthday from 1 to 4 April 2020, presenting itself as an international get-together bursting with business, emotion and inspiration. The next edition of Europe’s biggest trade fair for the music sector will employ an optimised sequence of days (Wednesday to Saturday), a variety of options for a perfect trade-fair presentation and special offers for both trade and private visitors. Thus, companies will have the opportunity to reach all relevant customer target groups. Moreover, Messe Frankfurt is taking account of industry needs with lower prices for exhibition space.
"Home of Drums": Musikmesse 2020 to integrate new community hub with workshops, stars and top bands
The international drum industry is launching an innovative meet-up concept for drummers and percussionists from all parts of the world: Home of Drums will combine product presentations, knowledge transfer, concerts and performances, and will give visitors an opportunity to get in touch with professionals. The event's premiere will take place on 3 and 4 April in the grounds of the Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Centre during Musikmesse. In future, on the accompanying online platform homeofdrums.com, percussion enthusiasts are invited all year long to network with each other, to take part in video lessons with well-known artists, and to keep up to date with the latest news of the event.
Musikmesse 2020 to open Wednesday to Saturday with an enlarged visitor spectrum
The 40th anniversary edition of Musikmesse will be held from Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 4 April 2020. Next year, the show will once again be positioned as the international trade fair for the music business with a clear focus on professional encounters. Additionally, there will be offered a special ticket for private visitors on the Friday and Saturday when Musikmesse will present an expanded programme of events with numerous workshops, concerts and entertainment.
Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound 2019: international, professional and innovative with a host of event highlights
A week full of music, entertainment, business and inspiration ended on Saturday evening with a concert given by Gregory Porter and the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt orchestra in the ‘Festhalle’. At Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound, artisanry met high-tech, violins met virtual reality and digital networking met personal encounters. The accompanying Musikmesse Festival not only presented highlight concerts by Samy Deluxe, Mousse T. & Glasperlenspiel, Tony Carey and other stars at the Exhibition Centre but also filled around 50 clubs and hotels in Frankfurt with music. At the new Musikmesse Plaza, music fans came into their own after the trade fairs with a pop-up market including direct sales and numerous events on Saturday.
Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound spotlight the digital revolution in the creative business and turn all Frankfurt into a show stage
The worlds of music and the event business are getting together in Frankfurt am Main over the coming days. Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound (2 to 5 April) offer the professionals of today and tomorrow insights into the future of the industry. The concurrent Musikmesse Festival (2 to 6 April) brings high-grade acts, including Gregory Porter, Samy Deluxe, Mousse T. & Glasperlenspiel and Tony Carey, to the Exhibition Centre and many of Frankfurt’s clubs. With the new Musikmesse Plaza (6 April), Messe Frankfurt is launching a completely new pop-up concept aimed at all music lovers immediately after the trade fairs.
5 days, 50 locations, 100 acts: biggest Musikmesse Festival ever makes the whole City of Frankfurt a stage
From 2 to 6 April, everyone is sure to find something to their taste at Musikmesse Festival, which is being held concurrently with Musikmesse 2019. Many highlights are scheduled for the Exhibition Centre itself, e.g., the SaMTV Unplugged Show with Samy Deluxe, an appearance by pop-rock legend Tony Carey at the Festival Arena, an exclusive DJ set by Mousse T. and Glasperlenspiel and the grand finale concert with Gregory Porter and the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt orchestra. Additionally, many clubs and hotels throughout Frankfurt are all set to reverberate to the sound of music.
At Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound 2019: Music Tech Fest Frankfurt with Trackathon and Innovation Masterclass
Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound are bringing the Music Tech Fest to Frankfurt and offering a complementary programme of events revolving fully around the subject of innovation. The programme includes a methods workshop with composer Reeps One, Artist in Residence at the World Economic Forum, and Michela Magas, Innovation Consultant to the European Commission. Additionally, up-and-coming musicians and producers will create new music in a 24-hour Trackathon under the guidance of composer, producer and consultant for immersive technologies Martine-Nicole Rojina.
Hot spot for audio professionals: top brands and new programme highlights at Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse 2019
The whole world of entertainment technology and music business is coming together at Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main from 2 to 5 April 2019. For the first time since 2015, the two trade fairs are being held concurrently on all four days and, for visitors from the professional audio sector in particular, will offer a variety of new highlights and product innovations from the industry’s key players.
Ultimate Jam featuring Ida Nielsen, Marco Mendoza, Anika Nilles and John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick at Musikmesse on 2 April
As part of Musikmesse and the Musikmesse Festival, the ‘Ultimate Jam’ on 2 April 2019 presents an all-star band revolving around drummer and musical director Jost Nickel (Jan Delay, etc.). Music of the highest standard is guaranteed by star guests ex Prince bassist Ida Nielsen, Dead Daisies bass player Marco Mendoza and former The Who keyboarder John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick.
Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound 2019: Sample Music Festival Area with top brands, workshops and showcases
Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound are joining forces with the organisers of the Sample Music Festival for the first time to bring together top brands, such as Akai, Denon DJ, RANE, Ortofon and Mixars in a special area at Foyer Hall 4.0. Other companies, including Ableton and Native Instruments, will show their latest products within the framework of workshops and product demonstrations. Well-known artists from the electronic music scene, among them Beat Matazz, Clockwerk and S-Trix, will give visitors the chance to look over their shoulder at workshops and showcases. The official main sponsor of the Sample Music Festival Area is SCHENKER Technologies.
Musikmesse 2019 presents ‘The World of Vintage Guitars’ in cooperation with No.1 Guitar Centre Hamburg and Gibson USA
Legendary guitars, a journey back in time through the history of famous brands and top events with stars of the music scene: ‘The World of Vintage Guitars’ is the highlight for all guitar fans at Musikmesse 2019 (2 to 5 April) and the new Musikmesse Plaza (6 April). Together with No. 1 Guitar Centre Hamburg and with the support of Gibson USA, visitors can look forward to an impressive special exhibition covering around 200 square metres. At the ‘Les Paul Night’ on Friday evening (5 April), the Thomas Blug All Star Band with, among others, Scorpions’ guitarist Matthias Jabs will perform rock classics from three decades.
Musical triumvirate: Tickets for Musikmesse, Musikmesse Plaza and Musikmesse Festival now available
An international trade fair, a pop-up market with events and highlights and a high-grade festival throughout Frankfurt on a total of five days: the Musikmesse brand has developed into a broad series of events for the entire music sector. Tickets for Musikmesse, Musikmesse Plaza and Musikmesse Festival are now available in the online shop.
Musikmesse Festival 2019 with Gregory Porter, Samy Deluxe, Mousse T. & Glasperlenspiel and the 15th BigCityBeats
More locations, more concerts, new partners and outstanding artists: that's what the 4th edition of Musikmesse Festival has on offer. For the first time, the events are spread over five days, from Tuesday to Saturday, 2 to 6 April 2019. Around 80 clubs and locations throughout Frankfurt are involved in addition to many evening events at the Exhibition Centre.
Musikmesse looking for ‘the most unusual musical instrument of the year’
Calling the creative musical-instrument and handicrafts scene: Musikmesse is looking for ‘the most unusual musical instrument of the year’ – an expert jury will select the three most original instruments. The awards will be presented during Musikmesse 2019 in Frankfurt am Main (2 to 5 April 2019).
Different but outstanding: German Musical Instrument Award for David Jünger, Buffet Crampon and Kühnl & Hoyer
Good dynamics, excellent sound, exceptional handling. This year’s German Musical Instrument Award puts the spotlight on three outstanding yet completely different musical instruments. In the steel-string guitar (flattop, 6 strings), the winner by a clear margin was the MID-standard model by young guitar maker David Jünger. With all entries in the B♭ trumpet section setting a very high standard, the two winners, the B&S MBX ‘Heritage’ by Buffet Crampon and the ‘Topline G’ by Kühnl & Hoyer, achieved the same number of points.
Jury of the ‘New Therapy Instruments’ competition at Musikmesse 2019 chosen
Messe Frankfurt and the German Music Therapy Society (DMtG) are holding the first competition to find the best instruments for therapeutic use at Musikmesse 2019 (2 to 5 April). Instrument makers, artists and music therapists are invited to enter their concepts for the ‘New Therapeutic Instruments’ competition. A six-person jury, which the organisers are now pleased to announce, will select the winners.
Yamaha Music Europe at Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound 2019
Yamaha will once again present its latest products and innovations to retailers at Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main from 2 to 5 April 2019. The renowned manufacturer is adapting its presentation in accordance with the optimised trade-fair concept of Musikmesse and will exclusively focus on reaching international professionals.
Meeting place for decision makers: new ‘Networking Area’ for Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound in Hall 4.1
Stylish, modern and fully orientated towards the needs of international buyers – that’s the new ‘Networking Area’ in Hall 4.1 of Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound. Thanks to an elaborate lounge concept, it creates the optimum setting for business discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. Only a few steps from the Messe Frankfurt ‘S-Bahn’ local-railway station and the ‘Torhaus’ entrance, Hall 4.1 offers presentation space for associations of the music and event sector, business lounges with seating and workplaces, lecture areas and catering zones.
Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse 2019: world première of the ‘Vintage Concert Audio Show’
Retro-sound and analogue warmth: at the coming Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse (Frankfurt from 2 to 5 April 2019), visitors will have the opportunity to see and hear milestones of four decades of concert PA systems at the first ever ‘Vintage Concert Audio Show’. Over 200 exhibits on a special-show area in Forum.0 will present PA systems from the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. On the Saturday following the two trade fairs (6 April), the ‘Vintage Concert Audio Show’ will go into extra time at the new ‘Musikmesse Plaza’ pop-up market.
Frankfurt Music Prize 2019 goes to Quatuor Ébène
The French Quatuor Ébène string quartet is the winner of the Frankfurt Music Prize 2019. The award is given annually within the framework of the Musikmesse trade fair in Frankfurt and honours personalities who have made a special contribution to the international music scene and culture. The presentation ceremony will be held in St. Paul’s Church, Frankfurt, on 5 April 2019.
Dr Hendrik Müller appointed Director Marketing Communication for Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound
Dr Hendrik Müller (37) has been appointed Director of the Marketing Communication Department of Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound with effect from 1 October 2018. Accordingly, he is now responsible for the strategic conception, development and implementation of all marketing and communication measures relating to the company’s worldwide activities for the Entertainment, Media & Creative Industries Business Unit of Messe Frankfurt. He reports to Michael Biwer, Group Show Director, Entertainment, Media & Creative Industries.
Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound 2019: Stronger together!
Two fairs at the same time and place: next year’s Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound will be held concurrently on all days, from 2 to 5 April. With a new sequence of days – from Tuesday to Friday – Musikmesse will strengthen its profile as the platform for the professional exchange of ideas and information between music-industry professionals. The two events will also move physically closer together.
Saturday rocks with Musikmesse Plaza: pop-up market with direct sales and events
For the highlight of a week full of music, Frankfurt will move all faders to full blast with new Musikmesse Plaza – an innovative event concept aimed at musicians and music lovers. It will be held for the first time in the eastern section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 6 April 2019 – immediately after Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound (2 to 5 April 2019).
Musikmesse 2019: new competition to honour innovative therapy instruments
Messe Frankfurt and the German Music Therapy Society (DMtG) will hold the ‘New Therapy Instruments’ competition on the occasion of Musikmesse 2019. Instrument makers, artists and music therapists are invited to develop and implement ideas for new instruments and sounds. The awards ceremony will be held during Musikmesse in April 2019. The award is worth € 2,000.
Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound: upward trend for internationality and exhibitor satisfaction
The Saturday-evening concert by Dionne Warwick and the New Philharmonic Orchestra Frankfurt marked the end of a week of music and events. 1,803 companies from 56 countries launched their latest products during the five days of Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound.