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Musikmesse Festival 2019 with Gregory Porter, Samy Deluxe, Mousse T. & Glasperlenspiel and the 15th BigCityBeats

15 Feb 2019

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.

The highlight events include the MTV Unplugged Show with Samy Deluxe, ‘15 Jahre BigCityBeats’ with Timmy Trumpet, DJ set by Mousse T & Glasperlenspiel and the final concert with Gregory Porter and the ‘Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt’. A cooperative arrangement with the Frankfurt Hotel Alliance also adds to the spectrum.

“With new and intensified partnerships, the Musikmesse Festival is even more firmly anchored in the city. For five days, Musikmesse visitors and all music lovers in the region can experience Frankfurt’s varied and multi-faceted cultural landscape to the full”, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. In this connection, Musikmesse Festival Director Wolfgang Weyand, adds: “At the same time, we are positioning Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre more than ever before as the epicentre of this holistic musical experience – with unique concerts in the Festhalle, the Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt and the Festival Arena”.

Leading international artists versus German chart breakers

The Festhalle Frankfurt is the setting for three absolute highlights on three evenings of the Musikmesse Festival. One of Germany’s most successful rappers is doing the honours on 4 April: Samy Deluxe is a great hit on the SaMTV Unplugged Show with completely new arrangements of classic songs and gems that he had never sung before live. On 5 April, BigCityBeats, one of Germany’s most successful entertainment brands, celebrates its 15th anniversary in the Festhalle. At the turntables, the DJs catering for great club sounds until the early hours include Australia’s cult DJ Timmy Trumpet, as well as ‘Alle Farben’ and ‘Le Shuuk’. The grand finale of the Musikmesse Festival is the gala concert by Gregory Porter with the ‘Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt’ orchestra on 6 April. Born in Sacramento, California, Gregory Porter is one of the most distinctive voices in jazz and will be presenting his Nat ‘King’ Cole programme for the first and only time in Germany.

The ‘Festival Arena’ – a circus tent in the heart of the Exhibition Centre – is also the venue for many unique events. For example, the DJ set by Mousse T. & Glasperlenspiel on Friday (5 April). Friends of hand-made music can look forward to a special treat on the first day of the fair. The Musikmesse Ultimate Jam presents a genuine all-star band with, inter alia, Jan Delay drummer Jost Nickel, ex-Prince bass player Ida Nielsen and keyboarder John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick, renowned for his work with The Who and Bob Marley.

Frankfurt in party mood – with numerous partners!

Numerous organisations from the culture, creative and tourism sector are pulling together for Musikmesse Festival. In a collaboration of unprecedented scope, Messe Frankfurt is cooperating with the ‘Frankfurt Hotel Alliance’ interest group.15 city-centre hotels will be event locations of the Musikmesse Festival and host a variety of musical events in extraordinary settings. The spectrum ranges from Berlin’s indie rock band The Flavians at 25hours The Goldman (2 April), via DJ Sherry & Darnell The Artists at Sofitel Frankfurt Opera (3 April), to Israeli jazz pianist Omer Klein and his trio at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof (4 April) and SoundBites@GrandSeven with gospel and jazz singer Alfred McCrary (4 April).

Musikmesse Festival is also working with partners from the musical-education sector to spotlight up-and-coming talents. Accordingly, award-winner concerts of the ‘Young People Make Music’ initiative will be held in different churches in Frankfurt on four evenings. Additionally, four outstanding classical concerts will also be held as part of the Festival at ‘Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory’. As in the past, the grand finale of the ‘International German Piano Award’ will form the official overture to the Musikmesse Festivals (1 April). Accompanied by the ‘Philharmonie Baden-Baden’ orchestra conducted by Douglas Bostock, highly talented young pianists will give demonstrations of their musicianship.

The supporters of the Musikmesse Festival also include the Frankfurt Jazz Initiative, LiveKomm e.V. venue association, the Clubs am Main regional network, the Backstage Pro musicians’ network and around 80 event locations in Frankfurt including Batschkapp, Das Bett, Gibson Club, Nachtleben, Palmengarten, Silbergold and Zoom. The highlight events of the Musikmesse Festivals in Frankfurt’s clubs will be announced shortly.

The Festival ticket costs € 15 and offers cheaper or even free admission to events of the Musikmesse Festival.

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Background information about Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s biggest trade fair, convention and event organiser with its own premises. It employs a workforce of 2,500* at 30 sites and generates an annual revenue of around EUR 715* million. Thanks to far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and an international sales network, the Group provides effective support for its customers and their business interests. By offering a wide range of services, both on site and online, Messe Frankfurt gives its global customers a consistently high level of flexible support in planning, organising and running their events. This wide range of services includes renting exhibition premises, trade fair construction and marketing, human resources and food services. The Group has its head office in Frankfurt am Main and is owned partly by the City of Frankfurt (60%) and partly by the State of Hesse (40%).

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* Provisional key figures for 2018