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20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023    20 years c/o pop    26.—30. April 2023

20 years of c/o pop -
celebrate with us!

From April 26 to 30, 2023, we'll be setting all the signs to J for anniversary - WE'LL BE 20!!! Two decades ago, we set out to flood Cologne's cultural landscape with lots of pop-cultural content and wanted to involve as many institutions, labels, clubs and, above all, artists as possible - from Cologne, NRW, Germany and, at best, worldwide. We have come a little closer to this goal with each passing year. In the meantime, the closed Venloer Straße is out of bounds for one weekend in April. And always at our side: You! <3 To celebrate the anniversary in a fitting manner, we are already hard at work on exciting activities for 2023 - we'll be revealing more in the next few weeks.

Next confirmed shows

While various bands are currently having to cancel their tours by the dozen, his shows are being moved up to larger venues without further ado: We are not surprised - after all, Betterov's voice and his storytelling in combination with the post-punk and new wave influences are absolutely unique - and authentic anyway. Ski Aggu's casual underground rap also sounds authentic, as he processes nights of drinking in Berlin techno clubs in songs like "Weißwein & Pappbecher", "Partyticker" and "Tour de Berlin". We also welcome multi-instrumentalist and singer CATT with a clear as a bell voice, delicate piano sounds and universal stories about the here and now. Other acts include: Ennio, BECKS, Fuffifufzich, Blumengarten, The Haunted Youth, Tropikel Ltd, NASHI44, Leftovers, Sam Quealy, Kids Return, Roland Cristal, Batbait, Anna Erhard, Lyschko, ELOI, Maryam.fyi and pogendroblem.

Readings, Comedy & Co.

As part of our Experience programme, we present events from the non-musical but still pop-cultural field - for example, Ines Anioli reads from her current novel "Motten im Bauch", which is about toxic relationships. We also bring Parshad on stage, who packages current trends, pop-cultural topics and sustainable messages in a comedic way and thus develops her very own form of communication. With "The Trailblazer Ball by Crystal Saint Laurent & Father David Elle", our 2023 festival programme will surely offer you one of the most colourful evenings. Those who experienced last year's "Crystal Ball" know what we are talking about! Crystal Saint Laurent & Father David Elle are now co-hosting the upcoming Major Ball as "The Trailblazer Ball", bringing jury, houses, ballroom beats and performers* together on the festival Saturday, 29.04.2023.

The next programme item also promises to be super colourful: The "Black & Brown Queer Cabaret" was created by Prince Emrah (pronoun she/her) - a professional belly dancer, dance trainer, make-up artist, DJ and occasional drag queen in Berlin. Emrah is the mother of an artist collective called "QueerBerg", which provides a space for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ asylum seekers and refugees from countries such as Syria, Palestine, Malaysia, Libya, Iran, Turkey and others.

©Philipp Pongratz

What's New?

Tickets, Tickets, Tickets

Tickets, Tickets, Tickets


You can buy tickets for all days now. There is a cheap day ticket for each day as well as the two 2-day tickets “Thursday + Friday” and “Saturday + Sunday” and a 4-day ticket for all days from Thursday to Sunday. For the anniversary shows with OG Keemo at Schauspiel Köln and the anniversary opening gala with the Crucchi Gang at Sartory Sälen you need single tickets, these shows are NOT included in the day tickets.

To the ticket shop (->)

Amore on the opening evening

Amore on the opening evening


The three permanent members of the Crucchi Gang all have a great soft spot for Italy. According to legend, Francesco Wilking, Charlotte Goltermann and Patrick Reising came up with the unusual concept while having a beer together after a Bob Dylan concert: they select the favourite songs of artist friends, translate them into Italian and bring them to the stage or to a record - with a lot of amore and in a constantly changing line-up. Besides the Italian-loving trio, the Crucchi Gang consists of various musicians. We will announce who will be there soon.

Tickets for the c/o pop anniversary show with the Crucchi Gang (->)

OG Keemo at Schauspiel Köln

OG Keemo at Schauspiel Köln


For the anniversary year, we have secured many strong partnerships and cooperations. Because we want the programme to be even more diverse, so that the pop-cultural wind that prevails during c/o pop becomes a storm that leaves traces of cultural diversity. As part of the first cooperation, we’re putting OG Keemo on stage at Schauspiel Köln - and we’re super excited ourselves to see exactly what happens on stage. Tickets for the 20th c/o pop anniversary show with OG Keemo at Schauspiel Köln are now available.

To the ticket shop (->)

Chance for up-and-coming bands

Chance for up-and-coming bands


The project aims to promote local, regional and national up-and-coming artists. We offer the selected acts the chance to present themselves to an international audience at the c/o pop Festival. As part of the project, there is a lively exchange with other festival makers, agencies and labels from over 25 countries. musichub germany is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Initiative Musik.

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