Convention

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c/o pop Convention 2022

To all participants, delegates, speakers, artists, supporters, partners and sponsors we would like to say three things today: thank you, thank you, thank you! We are overjoyed that we were able to spend two exciting days with all of you live in Cologne. This is how it can go on, and this is how it will go on. Make a note of the date for our 20th anniversary edition: The next c/o pop will take place from April 26 to 30, 2023!

©Frank Schoepgens

Networking, Talks und Panels

At the sold-out c/o pop Convention on the Thursday and Friday of the festival, participants discussed the state of culture after Corona in various panels, and a job fair was held for the first time with c/o work, which is intended to help the industry regain talent after many professionals left it due to the restrictions on the live industry in the last two years. This year's top speakers* included Parshad and El Hotzo, as well as hip-hop great Xatar and actress and talk show host Thelma Buabeng. Many thanks to our partners: TINCON, VUT and Klubkomm!

©Frank Schoepgens
©Frank Schoepgens

What’s new?

Corona-Updates

Corona-Updates


We all know: The pandemic is not over, and Corona will of course have an impact on what happens at Herbrand’s. On this page we will keep you up to date on the current Corona regulations. For now, we recommend that all visitors test themselves in advance and wear masks where spacing is not possible. From our side we will do everything to ensure a safe and carefree visit of the c/o pop Convention. In case of symptoms please stay at home! Masks are still mandatory in the Philharmonie Cologne! Spread love - not the virus!

Pro Area

Pro Area


Getting into conversation together over a cool drink: That’s probably what we’ve all missed the most over the past three years. This year it is finally possible again. All delegates, speakers and artists are invited to the Pro Area in Herbrand’s Biergarten on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. for relaxed networking.

Akkreditierung und Anmeldung

Akkreditierung und Anmeldung


On Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22, our Info Counter at Herbrand’s on Herbrandstraße in Cologne-Ehrenfeld will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - this is where you can register and get accredited for the c/o pop Convention. Holders of a c/o pop Convention Professional or Student ticket will also receive their wristbands for admission to the c/o pop Festival concerts on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Delegates Database

Delegates Database


The Delegates Database is online and open to all ticketholders of the c/o pop Convention 2022. The database offers you the opportunity to use your “digital business card” to quickly and easily make new contacts, exchange ideas with them and expand your network. Under “Sessions” you will find all the program points of the c/o pop Convention 2022 and can save them to create your personal program plan. This way you will always have an overview of the locations and times of your planned program!

Click here for the database

New Talent

New Talent


You want to get deeper and more professional into the music business, but don’t know how to do it best? Are you interested in topics such as funding opportunities for artists, professional marketing, alternative sources of income and copyright? But you also want to know how your music gets on the radio and in playlists and what exactly GEMA does? On April 23 and 24, you can explore all of these questions at the NEW TALENT workshops, which will take place for the first time this year at c/o Ehrenfeld. Here, experienced professionals from the music sector will pass on their know-how and skills in a wide variety of areas. Participation is free, but you have to register beforehand.

Register now!

VUT Indie Days Köln

VUT Indie Days Köln


Of course, there will again be plenty of collaborations at the c/o pop Convention 2022. The VUT Indie Days Cologne, organized by the VUT - Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen e. V. (Association of Independent Music Entrepreneurs) together with the VUT West, will be hosted for the third time. The VUT Indie Days in Hamburg have been a central meeting point for the independent music industry from Germany and abroad for years. The third edition in Cologne is again about knowledge transfer, exchange and networking - practical, useful and inspiring!

More about the VUT!

Köln Business - official partner of c/o work

Köln Business - official partner of c/o work


We are very pleased that Köln Business Wirtschaftsförderung is the official partner of c/o work!
KölnBusiness is the first point of contact for companies, founders, startups and investors in Cologne.

A day with TINCON

A day with TINCON


TINCON is finally coming live to Cologne! After being represented purely digitally at c/o pop xoxo for the past two years, TINCON will be there live with its own stage this year. On Friday, April 22, the youth conference will take over the Herbrand’s big hall. In talks, Q&As and panels, young and well-known speakers will present current trends of Gen Z from pop culture and digital. And best of all, students can attend TINCON Cologne completely free of charge. All participants of the c/o pop Convention also have access with their ticket.

Click here for the free Ticket

c/o work – das Job-Festival der c/o pop Convention

c/o work – das Job-Festival der c/o pop Convention


In times of a shortage of skilled workers and a pandemic-hit music industry with nevertheless highly exciting career fields, innovative ways of recruiting are needed. That’s why the c/o pop Convention has launched c/o work right now. Europe’s first job festival for the music industry will bring together employers, graduates and professionals in a creative and unconventional way at the c/o pop Convention - on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Cologne!
There will be no classic job interviews or trade fair booths here. Recruiters and future employees get to know each other quite informally at the Job Festival. “Backstage”, at the bar or while playing table tennis, all participants get to talk.
Personality takes precedence over résumé: In addition to the basic requirements for participation, what counts most at c/o work is the personal impression, in order to stay in contact afterwards.

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Hello Herbrand’s!

Hello Herbrand’s!


Having already streamed two digital editions of c/o pop xoxo from the wonderful Herbrand’s, we’re excited to finally welcome you there for real in April 2022. With its various outdoor and indoor spaces, it’s the perfect place for our diverse offerings. Herbrand’s is centrally located in Cologne-Ehrenfeld - and thus very close to many locations of the c/o pop festival. After the c/o pop convention you can move on to the showcases, concerts and club nights.

Line-up-News c/o Ehrenfeld

Line-up-News c/o Ehrenfeld


A few weeks before the upcoming c/o-Sause it’s time for new announcements. Here we go: Be excited about dark pop by Blackout Problems from Munich, look forward to beguiling R’n’B sounds by Priya Ragu, or how about some pop by Austrian Verified, melancholic-electronic pop songs with techno parts or the insane hip-hop, grunge and rap sound mix by Sharaktah? But that’s not all! Also playing for you: Cage, Lobster Bomb, ZAHN, LOKI, ACUA, Chien Chien, anaïs, BEACHPEOPLE, KUOKO, Soeckers, Marlon Hammer, Philline Sonny, Liza Dries, SMILE, Liberty Snake, Alice907, Endless Fun, Savsannah and LEE TOTO, Kira Hummen, BERGER, GRAY, Vomit Heat, Juno Lee and Get Jealous.

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Real Talk with XATAR auf der c/o pop Convention 2022

Real Talk with XATAR auf der c/o pop Convention 2022


Rapper, producer, label operator, book author, restaurateur, entrepreneur: XATAR is one of the most enigmatic personalities in the German rap business. Born in Iran in 1981 as the son of Kurdish freedom fighters, he has lived in Bonn since 1985, where he began his music career in the late 1990s. He produced his album “No. 415” in 2012 from prison with the help of a smuggled-in cell phone and a dictation machine. His life story is currently being filmed by Fatih Akin under the title “Rheingold.” His keynote will certainly be about that as well as about the Goldmann Tower at Barbarossaplatz - a creative factory and incubator for innovative entertainment products.

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Tickets, please!

Tickets, please!


There are two types of tickets for the c/o pop Convention 2022, both valid for Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22: the Professional Ticket for 50 euros and the Students Ticket for 25 euros.
The tickets will give you access to the opening talks, all panels and talks, prioritized access to the concerts on Thursday and Friday, networking events, and the Delegates Databases, where you can network and exchange ideas with other attendees. The concerts of the c/o pop Festival in the evening are included. Please note for the concerts: first come, first served!

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