gamescom city festival

Games, music and infotainment in high doses

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Cologne celebrates the gamescom

gamescom weekend, which will attract thousands of visitors every day. The music fans can not only look forward to a stage programme with nationally and internationally well-known artists at Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz and the Hohenzollernring, the Apostelnplatz is an additional stage location this year.

All acts you can expect in 2017, you will find here soon!

Alice Merton: Her single entitled "No Roots" developed into a success in only a few weeks and occupied the number 1 spot on the Spotify Global Viral Charts, the Hype Machine Charts, and reached more than 1.8 million streams. With the now published EP, Alice Merton presents more musical sides of her creative oeuvre, and is in this way also winning many fans in Germany directly following release: number 14 on the iTunes album charts (EP) and number 26 of the iTunes singles charts are proof of this! In November 2016 it also won the "Jugend kulturell Förderpreis" (Youth prize for cultural promotion) of the Hypo Vereinsbank and will even be playing a session at the BBC in March of this year!

Großstadtgeflüster: The Bremen-born keyboarder Raphael Schalz and the Berlin-born singer Jen Bender met in 2003 and decided to collaborate musically. A short time later, drummer Chriz Falk joined the duo and thus completed the band named Grossstadtgeflüster. The debut album with the title 'Muss laut Sein' appeared in 2006. The subsequent spectacular live shows didn't take place, as is usually the case, in the clubs of the republic, but instead at snack bar stands. Grossstadtgeflüster may be the only band in Germany that can identify every snack bar between Flensburg and Munich while blindfolded by the flavour of the ketchup. The band repeatedly reinvented itself with their subsequent albums and irritated some fans in the process. Their sold-out shows, relocated from the snack bars to trendy German clubs, are, however, proof enough that they have been able to gather a loyal fan following around them with this concept and their sound located between electro, pop and punk, with texts moving between love, sex and personal freedom.

Cat Ballou: In the meantime the band is one of the most in demand music groups in the Rhineland that sings with a Cologne dialect, and plays at the Cologne Carnival, at its own concerts and at many other events on far more than 350 stages each year. Cat Ballou is also once again on tour in Germany in 2017. Founded in 1999, the four guys can now look back on 17 years of band history. The band had its big breakthrough with the Cologne hymn "ET JITT KEI WOOD", which was released in 2012. However, "HÜCK STEIHT DE WELT STILL", "DIE STÄÄNE STONN JOOT" and "IMMER IMMER WIDDER" have also long since developed into catchy tunes. At the end of last year, the band brought its latest hit onto the market with the rapper "Mo-Torres" and the football world champion and local patriot Lukas Podolski. LIEBE DEINE STADT hit like a bomb for Cologne residents and climbed into the top 10 of the trend charts in the blink of an eye.

Team Rhythmusgymnastik: Cologne's most athletic DJ Team once again takes over the entire Rudolfplatz! Those who have been there in the last three years know what happens! The hard-hitting action birds of paradise really don't miss anything and take even the last computer freak by the hand, to introduce him into the perfect world of good atmosphere!!! Long live sports!

Moop Mama: For more than eight years now, Moop Mama have been combining the art of telling stories with a unique sound of horns, beats and rap: "Urban Brass". With this they have acquired the reputation of a true stage spectacle. Jan Delay, Deichkind, Fettes Brot – all fans. With "M.O.O.P.topia" they have finally found themselves as a band, and in their songs create a possible place of ideas and melodies. Last year they played a nearly sold out tour and really cleaned up at the big festivals like "Deichbrand Festival", "Highfield Open Air", "Chiemsee Summer" or "Frequency Festival".

Querbeat: The Cologne band has trumpeted into the hearts and mouths of fans with atmospheric pop music. The 15 members of the band inspire thousands of fans at sold out concerts and festival stages throughout North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond. Especially with the songs they have composed and produced themselves, which are celebrated not only during Carnival. Millions of clicks on Youtube, tens of thousands of Facebook fans and an audience that knows all the lyrics at live appearances were the reward for red and white striped catchy tunes. "Nie mehr Fastelovend" and "Tschingderassabum", then hits of recent Carnival years, landed at a phenomenal second and third place at the popular "Loss mer Singe" competition.

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Guildo Horn & die orthopädischen Strümpfe: Hit songs coupled with rocking melodies- a highly explosive mixture! Guildo Horn: musician, entertainer, holder of a higher diploma in education, epicurean, musical and operetta actor, multi-instrumentalist. A jack of all trades. Not a person, but a force of nature. Anyone who has experienced Guildo Horn live can't escape his fascination and becomes a repeat offender. He is one of the best entertainers Germany has to offer. His concerts are like mass musical therapy for listeners of all specialist fields.
One look through the horn-rimmed glasses: one believes him, he who travels through his crazy world absolutely authentically. His concerts are a patchwork from 50 years of music history. The show of the master is absolutely captivating, and that at a high musical level. Also contributing to this is his combo, the Orthopädische Strümpfe (orthopaedic stockings). They are the perfect complement to the master, both musically and visually.