Music lovers can look forward to a Musikmesse Festival programme that knows no musical boundaries in around 50 locations throughout Frankfurt am Main. Among the acts are, for example, US rapper Kid Ink (Gibson Club, 5 April), folk-ska ensemble Russkaja (Batschkapp, 5 April), NDW-band Palais Schaumburg (Nachtleben, 2 April) and blues-rock sensations Wille & The Bandits (Das Bett, 5 April). New partners and a collaboration with Frankfurt Hotel Alliance mean even more music in downtown Frankfurt this year. While Roomservice lets the corks pop with urban hip-hop tunes and turns the lobby and reception into a bar and dancefloor at the Moxy Frankfurt East, The Streetles will be strumming the guitar and double bass to make street music in Beatles style at the IntercityHotel Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof Süd.
“Now in its fourth year, the Musikmesse Festival is bigger than ever before with 100 concerts”, says a delighted Wolfgang Weyand, Director of the Musikmesse Festival. “The Festival takes music into the whole of Frankfurt. We would like to thank all partners for their commitment and are looking forward to great concerts in super locations, such as some of Frankfurt’s leading hotels, clubs and bars. Naturally, the Exhibition Centre itself will be hosting numerous events – at the Festival Arena, the Festhalle, the new Circle Stages and the Congress Center.”
Frankfurt in music fever: stars and newcomers from pop to classical
Now a tradition, the grand finale of the International German Piano Award will once again provide the setting for the official opening of the Musikmesse Festival (Alte Oper Frankfurt, 1 April) when, accompanied by the Philharmonie Baden-Baden orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock, young virtuoso pianists will give exciting demonstrations of their playing skills.
Different sounds will be produced on the following day, from old-school hip-hop and urban pop sound, via heavy rock, to harmonious tones - Musikmesse Festival caters for lovers of all genres.
Newcomer Elderbrook appeals with catchy pop and fascinatingly unconventional lyrics (Zoom, 2 April). The words by Heinrich von Kleister and Lukas von Beathoven recall not without good reason German poets and philosophers; their sound is a blend of rhythmical beats, masterful jazz piano and live looped beatbox (HoRsT, 2 April).
Sir Waldo Weathers, one of the world’s best saxophonists and entertainers, takes Festival visitors on a journey in time through the world of funk and breathes new life into old songs such as ‘I feel good’ and ‘I know you got Soul’ (Latin Palace Changó, 4 April).
That rock can also work with historical and unusual instruments will be demonstrated by James Yorkston when he plays the harmonium, dulcitone and nyckelharpa (Brotfabrik, 2 April). A musical Molotov cocktail, in line with the motto #frankfurtrockt, will be presented by four young groups: Apart from Us, All-Inn, The Garciass and Frau Ruth (Das Bett, 3 April). And anyone who is a fan of rock with Mexican roots should certainly not miss Marco Mendoza. Also popular as a solo artist, the bassist of The Dead Daisies will appear together with young Newcastle Drummer Kyle Hughes and guitarists Tommy Gentry: Viva la Rock (Circle Stage 3.0, Messe Frankfurt, 4 April).
Extraordinary locations are also the venues for concert sessions. For example, the LaCapella nuova girls’ ensemble and the LaCapella DieMänner young men’s choir will sing atmospheric works from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, England and Germany in the chapel of Frankfurt’s main cemetery (Between Heaven and Earth, 4 April). The ‘Alte Nikolaikirche’ church is the venue for a concert for cello and guitar (Spanish for Advanced Learners, 5 April) while Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory is the setting for a discussion of important works by Ludwig van Beethoven in a combination of lecture and musical performance (Beethoven: The Sounds I Cannot Hear, 6 April).
The people of Frankfurt are also called upon to participate with another edition of Frankfurt Street Tunes! Throughout the Musikmesse Festival, the city centre will be open for musical activities and the setting for music outside the customary venues. At Frankfurt Street Tunes, the city itself becomes the stage and passers-by the soloists. Thus, pianos will be set up on small stages at popular places, e.g., the ‘Hauptwache’, ‘Fressgass’ and ‘Opernplatz’ – an open invitation for passers-by to give spontaneous concerts and demonstrate their piano-playing skills!
Numerous cultural, creative and tourist organisations are working together to make the Musikmesse Festival a complete success. For instance, Messe Frankfurt has entered into a close collaboration with the Frankfurt Hotel Alliance. Other supporters of the Musikmesse Festival include Jazzinitiative Frankfurt, the LiveKomm e.V. venue association, the Clubs am Main regional network, the Backstage Pro musicians’ network and around 40 venues in the city such as ‘Batschkapp’, ‘Das Bett’, ‘Gibson Club’, ‘Nachtleben’, ‘Silbergold’, and ‘Zoom’.
A ticket costs € 15 and gives reduced or even free admission to events of the Musikmesse Festival. Additionally, Festival ticket holders enjoy exclusive admission to Musikmesse on Friday, 5 April, and can visit the brand-new Musikmesse Plaza – a pop-up market for music lovers – on Saturday, 6 April.
All acts, highlights and tickets at www.musikmesse-festival.com.
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With over 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
Further information is available at: www.messefrankfurt.com
* provisional figures 2018