c/o pop xoxo 2021 - the virtual hugging edition Part 2

The c/o pop xoxo 2021 is the second virtual special edition of the c/o pop festival and convention. As Corona continues to accompany us, this year we offer you another digital festival with concerts, interviews and specials with your favorite acts in livestream. In addition, there will be exciting talks, sessions and workshops around our favorite topic: pop culture. Get excited about more than 120 program points - everything for free! The livestream starts on April 22nd and 23rd. On April 24, there will be sessions and workshops for musicians - more info on that below at the convention.

The c/o pop xoxo 2021 will be a great new event with new concepts and special formats in terms of content, technology and communication, which we would never have developed in analog form. We send you hugs & kisses and lots of #poptimism.

Our livestream

Due to government regulations and the very fluctuating Corona incidences, we cannot provide analog access to our concerts and the convention this year. But you can still be there live: Our free livestream will be available here on the website on April 22 and 23 with no access restrictions. All you have to do is click on www.c-o-pop.de/xoxo and you're ready to go. Of course you can also watch via cell phone.

Program & Timetable

You can find our complete program and the timetable here on the page, click through the menu above. Here you can filter by formats or by days.

Once again we support our local scene in Cologne and NRW, but also cooperate nationwide and Europe-wide and introduce you to great people from Germany and Europe. In addition to the live shows, the c/o pop festival will also broadcast a lot of video content with musicians in special formats. You can look forward to funny stories and activities on our social media channels.

The program of the c/o pop Convention, the first German industry get-together of the year for the music industry, is also all about pop culture. The main topics are mental health, diversity and discrimination in the music industry, but also the latest tools and services for musicians*. The sessions on the New Talent Day on April 24 in particular will provide up-and-coming bands with plenty of tools and new marketing concepts for their changing self-presentation.


There are no tickets for sale for c/o pop xoxo. All festival concerts and specials will be streamed. The stream is freely accessible here on our website on April 22 and 23. The convention program will also be free to stream on April 22 and 23. The sessions and workshops on April 24 will take place on our convention platform. To participate, you need to register on the platform - also completely free of charge, of course. You can find the link to the platform here.

Convention: Sessions & Networking

The c/o pop Convention is a conference for professionals from the music and media industry as well as for young artists at the beginning of their careers. From April 22 to 24, we offer you more than 50 workshops, talks and interviews with around 120 renowned speakers. We will share the latest industry know-how, discuss current socio-political topics and take a look at the future development of the music industry.

If you want to have a look at our convention program and participate in the sessions, you need to have access to our Convention platform. Both registration and the entire program are free of charge. Seats for the sessions are limited - first come, first serve. Detailed information and privacy policy can be found in the menu item Platform.


The c/o pop Festival and the c/o pop Convention are cooperation partners for three funding 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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