DüSSELDORF, germany

Day 2: Key Information

 

Just like Memphis for Rock & Roll, Düsseldorf is regarded as a Mecca for electronic music. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia became the centre of an analog electronic movement which changed the course of all popular music to come.

In partnership with #VisitDüsseldorf and Lastminute.com, we're offering a day trip to the musical heart of Düsseldorf, to learn everything about the creative place situated next to the river Rhine. Between the legendary studios of Kraftwerk and the pulsating old town (with its popular dark craft beer) you will get to know all about the musical heritage and today’s scene.

 HopOn HopOff doubledecker bus at Ehrenhof in front of the Tonhalle Photo Credit: Kristina Fendesack / THE DORF

HopOn HopOff doubledecker bus at Ehrenhof in front of the Tonhalle
Photo Credit: Kristina Fendesack / THE DORF

 Three Kraftwerk fans attending the legendary open-air concert in summer 2017 in Ehrenhof. Photo Credit: Les Jordan

Three Kraftwerk fans attending the legendary open-air concert in
summer 2017 in Ehrenhof. Photo Credit: Les Jordan


 

Cost:

€40 + VAT . This ticket needs to be bought with a full convention ticket, so total cost for both days is €215 + VAT.

About Our Second Event Day:

We've partnered with Visit Düsseldorf and Lastminute.com to offer our attendees the chance to join a very special, limited-place, additional day of music tourism. We're offering a package incl. a guided pop music walk, a panel about the music city of Düsseldorf with experts and a secret showcase. 

Limited to 75 places, and just €40 extra, you will be picked up in Cologne with a double decker bus, which includes first-hand facts on the city by German pop music author Ole Löding. There will then be a welcome at the 25hours Hotel Das Tour in Düsseldorf’s French quarter, which is the partner hotel of the Open Source Festival, before we embark on a guided pop music walking tour of the city with local experts. We'll then stop off at City Hall to have lunch and to listen to a welcome from the Mayor and the Managing Director of Düsseldorf Tourismus, before we enjoy a panel with local experts and a secret showcase at a music club!

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The Sound of Düsseldorf:

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About Düsseldorf:

Just like Memphis for Rock & Roll, Düsseldorf is regarded as a Mecca for electronic music. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia became the centre of an analog electronic movement which changed the course of all popular music to come.

Kraftwerk is the prototypical German pop band who provided important impulses in the formation and development of New Wave, HipHop and Techno. NEU! is the favourite band of international stars like Blur, Radiohead and Stereolab. And there are Die Toten Hosen, still the most successful rock band in Germany. 

 

Confirmed Schedule for Day 2:

  • 9.45am – Departure from Cologne to Düsseldorf on a red double-decker bus with German pop music author Ole Löding providing an on-bus introduction into the history of pop music in the city.
  • 10.45am - Welcome at the 25hours Hotel Düsseldorf Das Tour
  • 11.15am - Start of the guided walking tours:
    • o Group 1 will be led by Dr Michael Wenzel, Düsseldorf’s pop music pope and author of the book “Keine Atempause – Düsseldorf’s most influential music clubs”.
      o Group 2 will accompany Rüdiger “Rudi” Esch, bass player for the electronic rock band “Die Krupps” and author of the book “Electri_City - the Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music”.
      o Stops along the way include:
      • Former Kling Klang Studio, where Kraftwerk’s music studio was originally located
      • Salon des Amateurs, one of the best clubs for electronic music worldwide 
      • Creamcheese, a music bar frequented by artists like Beuys and Zappa 
      • Unique Club, the place to be for Düsseldorf’s music scene in the 1990s
      • Ratinger Hof, the birth place of Germany’s punk scene
      • Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, the nucleus of Düsseldorf’s art scene
  • 12.45pm - Tour will end with a quick lunch at City Hall
  • 1.15pm - Presentation by Ole Friedrich, Managing Director at Düsseldorf Tourismus
  • 1.30pm - Welcome and opening remarks from Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf, followed by a panel discussion
  • 2.30pm - Live showcase with a secret music act brought to you by New.Heimat.Sounds.
  • 3pm – Farewell and group photo
  • 3.30pm - Special bus journey back to Cologne for c/o pop Festival or free transport card to get to Düsseldorf Airport and the central train station

 


Düsseldorf Festival City

Düsseldorf is also well known for their well curated international boutique festivals Open Source and New Fall. You will meet some of their organisers during the guided city tour.

 Indoor in autumn: New Fall Festival (here) at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf Photo Credit: Thomas Quack / New Fall Festival

Indoor in autumn: New Fall Festival (here) at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Photo Credit: Thomas Quack / New Fall Festival

 Open Source Festival at Galopprennbahn Grafenberg Photo Credit: Sebastian Wolf / Open Source Festival

Open Source Festival at Galopprennbahn Grafenberg
Photo Credit: Sebastian Wolf / Open Source Festival