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NEW DATE: OCTOBER 21 TO 24, 2020.

The coronavirus crisis has caused all of us to rethink what we consider normal. One thing is clear: even in October 2020, there can't be a c/o pop Festival and c/o pop Convention in the regular form. Instead, we'll be exploring new digital and analogue paths together - with c/o pop xoxo from October 21 to 24, 2020.

Cultural life during and with the coronavirus pandemic has changed: Clubs had to close, festivals were cancelled, many artists fear for their existence. And a back-to-normal scenario is still a long way off. From the "live from home" of the coronavirus days back to "back to live" is a tricky path. We want to accompany this transition with an experimental concept that mixes classical concert performances and talks with new digital formats. Because we have resolved to one thing: Cologne will have a festival in autumn!

We are thrilled that many of our partners from April are also supporting this special edition, such as popNRW, the network We are Europe and the VUT - Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmer*innen e.V.


Our aim with c/o pop xoxo is to build a bridge from events held under social-distance conditions to interactive live formats. In doing so, we do not want to lose sight of the core idea behind our programme: to promote and support the next generation of pop musicians. We also want to reduce the lack of physical contact between visitors with c/o pop xoxo and at least virtually distribute Hugs and Kisses: XOXO.

As always, the goal is to support the most interesting artists and bands from Cologne, NRW and the entire country on their way, to present them to an interested audience and to bring them into contact with industry professionals from Germany and abroad.


To be able to hold c/o pop xoxo as an event suitable for the pandemic, we are planning a festival and a convention which will focus on significantly fewer stages and which will additionally be presented digitally on a multi-channel platform.

c/o pop xoxo will have a headquarters in both the analogue and digital world: For three days, we will produce and broadcast a wide range of pop culture content from Herbrand's in Cologne-Ehrenfeld on various platforms: concerts, interviews, readings, talks, workshops, tutorials and showcases of all kinds. Complemented by activities on our social media channels.

Xoxo with love from Cologne!

The c/o pop Festival & c/o pop Convention 2020 are funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Initiative Musik, the City of Cologne and the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as the European Union (Creative Europe Program).


Please find all infos regarding tickets for the c/o pop Convention in April 2020 here.



Herbrand’s Ehrenfeld
Herbrandstr. 21
50825 Köln
T: +49 221 954 16 26


Herbrandstr. 10
50825 Köln
T: +49 221 50 60 920


It's only a few minutes walk between Herbrand' s and eva. The following information therefore refers to both locations.

RE1/RE8/RE9, RB27/RB38, S12/S13/S19
Exit "Venloer Straße" - go down the stairs and turn left. From here it is only a 3 to 5 minute walk to the locations.

Stop Venloer Straße/Gürtel
Underground: Lines 3, 4 - Exit Heliosstraße/Bezirksrathaus, go upstairs and simply straight ahead along Venloer Straße.
Above ground: Line 13 and bus lines 141, 142, 143 - At the intersection turn to the bright red house and turn into Venloer Straße.
For further information and tickets click here: https://www.kvb.koeln

From Cologne/Bonn Airport (CGN) you can take the RE8 or S19 directly to Köln-Ehrenfeld.
For connections and tickets from Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) please check out https://www.vrs.de/.

Phone +49 221 17 00 00
Travel time from Cologne/Bonn Airport: 30-50 minutes (depending on departure time) - booking in advance possible!


Please find a good overview here (scroll down): https://herbrands.de

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Every visitor of the c/o pop Convention and c/o pop Festival declares by entering an event which is part of the c/o pop Convention or the c/o pop Festival irrevocably agree that in all locations photos of her/him as well as picture/sound recordings of her/him may be produced. She/he also declares that the photos and picture/sound recordings may be used free of charge by the c/o pop Convention and c/o pop Festival for reporting purposes as well as future application of the c/o pop Convention and the c/o pop Festival in all print and online media. She/he also agrees to the fact that this material may be used for sponsoring acquisition.

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Tickets + Access + Returns

Dear friends of c/o pop Convention,

a while ago, we informed you that we unfortunately had to postpone the c/o pop Convention until October and that the tickets would remain valid for the new date. As announced, the c/o pop Convention will take place in October - but with a different concept. As things stand today, one thing is clear: the ongoing pandemic, the conditions associated with it and not least our own sense of responsibility will still not enable us to hold the c/o pop Convention as a major international networking event like usual.

That is why we will fully refund all tickets through our ticket partner Ticketmaster. However, we ask you for a little patience and promise: Nobody will be left with their ticket costs! Ticketholders will receive further information via e-mail very soon.

We are currently working hard to put together an exciting c/o pop Convention in October in a form compatible with Corona. Further details will be announced soon. If you would like to keep up to date, why not subscribe to our newsletter. It’s the place to find all the latest information about the c/o pop Convention 2020.

We hope all of you understand our decision and are looking forward to an exciting c/o pop Convention 2020, and hopefully we will all be able to meet up again next year in Cologne.

Stay healthy!

Best wishes from Cologne,
your c/o pop Convention team


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Sponsorship projects

The c/o pop Festival and the c/o pop Convention are cooperation partners for three sponsorship projects:


The sponsorship project »music hub germany« has been taking place for several years as part of the c/o pop Festival. This project, initiated by the festival organizers and supported by the federal government, focuses on the targeted promotion of local, regional and national up-and-coming artists. This has always been an important factor for the festival organizers. Thanks to the »music hub germany« project, the promotion of young artists can be further expanded this year: By now, around 80 % of the bands booked for the c/o pop festival originate in Germany – in 2019, around 60 young German bands will be able to present themselves to an international audience during c/o Ehrenfeld. With music hub germany, the organizers of the c/o pop Festival initiate and establish an exchange with other festival organizers as well as with agencies, labels and media from more than 25 countries. The project is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Initiative Musik. The past few years have shown that the concept is working: several national acts such as The Whitest Boy Alive, BrandtBrauerFrick, Moderat, Roosevelt, Dillon and AnnenMayKantereit have played at the festival long before their breakthrough and prove that the c/o pop Festival is an ideal stepping stone – also for international success.


In 2019, the project »Wunderkinder – German Music Talent« took place for the first time in Cologne as part of c/o Ehrenfeld. It was initiated in 2013 by the organizers of Reeperbahn Festival. The aim of the sponsorship program is to present the music industry with particularly promising local talents who have a good chance of an international career. "With the Cologne edition of »Wunderkinder – German Music Talent« we want to establish a stepping stone for Hamburg, which excellently complements the c/o pop's activities and programs to promote young German acts", says Norbert Oberhaus, Managing Director of cologne on pop GmbH. The following ten musical acts from the »Wunderkinder – German Music Talent« program already performed at c/o pop Festival: Kelvyn Colt, Gianni Mae, Serious Klein, BLVTH, Amilli, Sofia Portanet, NOVAA, Luke Noa, ELI and Moli. Two of these prodigies then had the chance to play at the Reeperbahn Festival and participated in an international project that took the artists to Nashville, Beijing and New York. "Since it was founded in 2013, 60 national artists and about 150 international talent buyers have taken part in our »Wunderkinder – German Music Talent« program. Since then, many of the participating musicians have also established themselves in markets outside Germany. I am pleased that thanks to the extended support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, we are given the opportunity to expand the program. Thanks to the cooperation with our friends at c/o pop, we can now support even more talents from Germany on their way into the international market", said Alexander Schulz, Director of Reeperbahn Festival.


The »We Are Europe« project is a unique, innovative exchange for artists and the industry with the aim of promoting culture and music. In 2015, eight festivals from all over Europe joined forces for this project, in order to bundle synergies and to bring artists, personalities and speakers together and make them better known beyond their own national borders. Artists from the fields of music, digital and contemporary culture can present themselves at the various festivals and enter into dialogue with one another. Thus the festival organizers would like to set impulses in the field of culture and politics. One of these partners is the c/o pop Festival. During the festival, Hauschka and Lena Willikens, for example, performed and discussions and workshops took place during the c/o pop Convention within the scope of the participating festivals. In addition to the c/o pop Festival, the following festivals are also involved in the project: Elevate (Graz), Sónar (Barcelona), Reworks (Thessaloniki), Unsound (Krakow), Nuits Sonores (Lyon), Insomnia (Tromsø) and TodaysArt (The Hague).

Further information: https://weare-europe.eu/en/home/


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The c/o pop Convention and the c/o pop Festival is operated by:

cologne on pop GmbH
Heliosstr. 6a
D - 50825 Köln

Fon +49 221 998 911 00
Fax +49 221 998 911 99
E-Mail: info@c-o-pop.de

About us


The c/o pop Convention is the year' s first industry meeting for the music industry and cooperating sectors such as the digital economy and games. From April 23 to 25, 2020 - at the same time as the c/o pop Festival - keynotes, panel discussions, presentations, workshops and training sessions will provide a practical look into the future. Additionally, there will be plenty of opportunities to network.

The c/o pop Convention 2020 focuses in four programming sectors on how the music industry can utilize future prospects - and the role that new technologies can play in this.

The programming sectors CREATIVE TECH and DIGITAL MUSIC will bring together professionals from the music industry, the creative industry and the digital economy on Friday, April 24 to examine the interactions between technological developments and the music industry - the creative side will be discussed just as much as business aspects.

On Saturday, April 25, NEW TALENT will provide practical industry knowledge for tomorrow's musical pros. In addition, there will be further program items in connection with c/o Ehrenfeld.

EXCHANGE & CONNECT invites participants on all days to cross-disciplinary and international networking activities.


The premises at the Herbrand's are almost completely accessible to wheelchair users. Please contact us so that we can clarify this individually. Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in the event hall. If requested, we will be happy to provide assistance on site to help you find the way.

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The premises of the Bürgerzentrum Ehrenfeld are almost completely accessible for wheelchair users. There is an elevator to take you to all three levels (information office, entrance, basement), so all rooms except the Hobbythek are accessible for wheelchair users.

The program is offered exclusively in spoken language. Unfortunately, we cannot offer special aids across the board (sign language interpreters, induction loop, documents in Braille, etc.). We are, however, open and are happy to discuss individual, concrete support possibilities. Please send an e-mail to elisa.cominato@c-o-pop.de.


Our beautiful design comes from the agency Neue Gestaltung. The font we use was created by Dynamo Typefaces.

General terms and conditions

Please find our general terms and conditions here.