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Im Wizemann

Do true romantics still exist in these severe and cynical times? The Swiss Larissa Iceglass and the Brit William Maybelline could be the answer to this question. With their dark wave band project Lebanon Hanover, they give the alienated world the cold shoulder. Fascinated by the beauty of Art Nouveau aesthetics, the coasts of Great Britain, nocturnal forests, and the urbanity of Berlin, this duo creates a pulsating sound of synths, deep basslines, and programmed rhythms. Singer Larissa Iceglass’s delicate yet haunting vocals penetrate the ear and catapult the listener to a place between nostalgia and reality. An escape from everyday life. An ode to sadness. With this, Lebanon Hanover proves: »Sadness Is Rebellion.«

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Im Wizemann

Suddenly it was there, the Neue Neue Deutsche Welle. It was only three years ago that Edwin Rosen decided to write lyrics in German and rely on drum computers and synthesizers. In 2020, »leichter/kälter« appeared on the Internet without any announcement or promotion. Even before his first EP was released, Edwin Rosen had become the pioneer of a new musical movement. His sound combines spherical synthesizers and an unwavering beat – perfected by heartwarming guitar melodies and Edwin’s distinctive voice. Punk, post-punk and new wave define his style, poetry and everyday observations define his lyrics. Growing up in Stuttgart, Edwin’s life consisted of two components: In the evenings he attended sweaty hardcore and pop-punk shows in the local Keller Klub, while during the day he explored his own city and the surrounding area on his skateboard. His father’s record collection did the rest.

In 2023, Edwin Rosen finally catapulted himself back into people’s ears and onto the country’s biggest stages with new songs.

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StadtPalais

His music combines Minimalist LoFi aesthetics with R’n’B and elements of jazz and hip hop. Puma Blue is a British multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Influenced by D’Angelo, Radiohead and John Frusciante, he uses his soft voice to bring warmth to the music he creates. Puma Blue’s album, ‘Holy Waters’, reflects his innermost thoughts, including his attempt to make peace with death. He not only faces personal challenges but also takes a significant step forward by participating in a full band production.

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Im Wizemann

As the son of Turkish parents and migrant workers, he is still where he grew up – in his hometown of Moabit. He has been writing lyrics for ten years and transforming them into anti-capitalist German rap for almost two years. He criticizes the white German majority society – without pointing a finger, but with a lot of anger in his belly. The sound is trappy and modern. New Wave. On his EP »Gast«, he transforms the voices of his generation into music, between hope, pain, and false promises of hospitality. Apsilon represents the defiance of a young generation within a dysfunctional society and, simultaneously, shows the will to change something – socially and in music.

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Kulturbunker

What paths can you take to express what’s inside you? The 26-year-old singer-songwriter Rosa Anschütz packs her everyday observations and questions into poetic and poignant lyrics. Prose that sticks with you thanks to Rosa’s unforgettable voice. Admonishing, haunting, wafting. The utterly analog composition of the album »Interior«, announced for winter 2024, gives her voice the leading role on a journey through various genres and themes such as heartbreak, family dramas, beauty, and spirituality. »I’ve been losing the faith to see«, sings the artist on the track »By Gaining Many Somethings«. A melancholy, warming search between reflection and observation – inside and out.

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Merlin

Music like a haunting dream. The British duo, The KVB, combine echoing shoegaze with psychedelic elements and minimalist electronic production to create a unique atmosphere with their music. In an interview, Nicholas Wood expressed his fascination with dark things and the darker side of pop music. Day also enhances the musical experience with visual elements such as album artwork and video projections during live performances, suggesting that this is a theme worth exploring in the future.

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Staatsministerium

Dirk von Lowtzow’s second book was published in March 2023 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

The book, entitled »Ich tauche auf«, is a diary novel about a year in the life of the musician. »It is also a portrait of the mood of a country during a pandemic, an odyssey of everyday life between doubts, fears, hope and love, and an account of the making of the Tocotronic album «Nie wieder Krieg” (engl. Never again war).

Dirk von Lowtzow will present the book in selected cities. He will have his acoustic guitar with him to intersperse the reading with Tocotronic songs from 30 years of band history.

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Das K

For the pre-session with ÄTNA and Maeckes there is an extra ticket contingent only for the 3rd of May. These tickets are also available via our shop (see menu: Tickets).

All festival tickets are also valid for all pre-sessions (first come, first serve).

 

ÄTNA is more than just a pop duo. Inéz and Demian Kappenstein from Dresden fuse playful synths with organic bass, eclectic fashion with avant-garde video art. Their debut album ‘Made by Desiree’ wrote a new chapter in German pop history and brought about impressive collaborations with Martin Kohlstedt, Marteria, MEUTE and Solomon. Impressive not because of the collaborators, but because ÄTNA’s signature remains unmistakable at all times, while stylistically they are all too happy to walk a fine line between musical styles.

ÄTNA have been nominated for numerous awards and in 2020 they won the international Anchor Award at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival. They are rightly regarded as a thrilling live act. This is evidenced by their appearances at major festivals, concerts in half of Europe and sold-out shows throughout the German-speaking world.

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Im Wizemann

Sextile are »ready to rage« on the About Pop stage. Emerging from the underground scene in Los Angeles in 2015, this band powerhouse knows how to sweep the audience off their feet. No wonder, given their driving sound mix of post-punk and electronic rock. Following the release of their debut album and another EP, Sextile took a break in October 2019 after the tragic death of a band member. In 2023, they beamed themselves back to the surface. Their album »Push«, released in September, lives up to its name. Thanks to the (even) higher BPMS, this record is a real serotonin booster that illuminates the difference between dance music, gabber, and trans.

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Werkstatthaus

The world is getting colder, but Cologne’s COMA are bringing some warmth into our lives. COMA’s melodic innovations between indie and electronica have always been incredibly accessible, not shying away from hooks or emotion, expanding the concept of what club music can be from album to album. COMA fuse electronic beats with perfectly timed indie, rich in melody and melancholy, perfect for the dancefloor. The two indie-loving childhood friends’ early releases struck a chord in Cologne and its electrophile microcosm. COMA’s sound, characterised by guitars and analogue synthesizers, exotic in a world of laptops and controllers, has taken them to clubs on almost every continent.

Georg Conrad and Marius Bubat may have their roots firmly planted in Cologne’s storied club scene, but their effervescent, groovy vibe blurs boundaries and draws inspiration from global legends such as The Whitest Boy Alive, Radiohead and Blur.

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Im Wizemann

With delicate brushstrokes of his sonic palette, wavvyboi tries to paint a canvas of emotions, once inspired by his father’s vinyls – from Nirvana to Jimi Hendrix and many legendary rock guitarists – until he picked up the guitar himself. He developed his own style as he explored the instrument, trying to figure out how to translate his emotionality into music. In the meantime he has found his place between melancholy, fantasy and 90s grunge. Fitting, because wavvyboi loves tragedy and pathos. Born in Liechtenstein, he describes himself as a »restless troubadour armed with a heavy guitar that provides a cathartic balance to his fragility«. Wavvyboi’s delicate voice is the ray of hope in his otherwise dark sound. It’s a contrast that, since 2018, has gathered a passionate fan base around him, guaranteeing packed concert halls.

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Das K

For the pre-session with ÄTNA and Maeckes there is an extra ticket contingent only for the 3rd of May. These tickets are also available via our shop (see menu: Tickets).

All festival tickets are also valid for all pre-sessions (first come, first serve).

 

»It’s as easy as one, two, three, four.« Maeckes is one of the most influential rappers, songwriters and music innovators of our time. He has already cyphered in the youth center, has a band (the Orsons) and a band (the Katastrophen) with which he has torn up festivals, clubs and halls and staged his own operas. And then he constantly reinvents himself with his almost legendary guitar concerts.

Maeckes has been writing songs for more than ten years – sometimes abysmal and sometimes silly, sometimes mega-meta and sometimes of utterly disarming vulnerability. Most of the time, his music is all of these things at once.

In March 2024, the »guitar album« will be released, the essence of more than a decade of

Maeckes’ work. Songs like little plays, an album full of surprises, twists and goosebumps. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities to see him live!

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Merlin

Jaakko Eino Kalevi is what happens when synth-pop, new wave, cosmic jazz and dub suddenly collide. The native Finn and Athenian-by-choice sees his latest album as a »collection of songs from a specific time period, without any attempt to tie them together«. A double album of elemental pop and baroque electronics, peppered with melodies and secrets – the Finn’s wildest statement to date. Kalevi’s music flows with entire universes. It can wrap us in cotton wool, but then become cool and unapproachable in the next moment. The guests on »Chaos Magic« are as dazzling as his musical horizon: it includes musical contributions from French actress and singer Alma Jodorowsky, Jimi Tenor, Faux Real, Yu-Ching Huang and John Moods.

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clubCANN

Pat Burgener is an Olympic snowboarder and singer-songwriter from Switzerland. He finds what sport is all about for him – creativity and hard work – in the same way in music. Inspired by Ben Howard, Matt Corby and Fleetwood Mac, Pat transforms his experiences into soulful songs during an injury-related break from sport. In 2016, this brings him to the Montreux Jazz Festival. Four EPs and 12 million streams later, he released his debut album in 2023, full of pulsating, folky pop and sunny compositions.

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Im Wizemann

Maustetytöt translates as: Spice Girls. However, the two sisters Anna Karjalainen and Kaisa Karjalainen don’t sing about girl power, but about being overwhelmed. Their music has nothing to do with calm, but rather with therapy in the form of an idiosyncratic combination of catchy melodies, hyper-realistic lyrics and laconic performances. Since their debut single in 2019, the Finnish duo has been a staple in the Finnish charts. In 2024, they will finally embark on a major tour across Europe.

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Im Wizemann

Calling Uche Yara a newcomer almost feels wrong: The exceptional Austrian talent was already playing live gigs for significant festivals and bands such as Bilderbuch, Parcels, and The Rolling Stones even before she released her first hit song, »www she hot« – an indie rock banger that can easily hold its own with Yves Tumor, Jean Dawson and other international greats. The singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter in her early 20s, doesn’t want to be pinned down. Her musical spectrum ranges from psychedelic rock to tango to R&B groove and much more. Her deep, powerful voice and presence on stage make Uche Yara a mesmerizing live act.

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Im Wizemann

Lira Mondal roars menacingly into a bright future. Caufield Schnug pounds the drums and manifests the good news in our heads: what the two of them deliver as Sweeping Promises on their second album ‘Good Living Is Coming For You’ is thunderous bedroom punk that takes us deep into the New York underground of the early 2000s.

After their debut album »Hungry For A Way Out«, recorded in 2019, which unintentionally became the soundtrack to a pandemic, Sweeping Promises position themselves between the tough attitude of the Dresden Dolls and the brazenness of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with their second album. The duo’s dynamism is no accident. Formed by chance in Arkansas ten years ago, they have been rehearsing tirelessly ever since to fuse Mondal’s wild energy on vocals and bass and Schnug’s technical finesse on guitar and drums into an unmistakable sound. Always in DIY style, of course.

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Landesmuseum

Sofie Royer gives the term »jack of all trades« a new dimension. There is almost no artistic discipline in which the musician and composer are inactive. She sings, writes, and produces her tracks. She loves poetry and reality television from the early 1980s and is passionate about medieval performances and opera and ballet traditions in her home city of Vienna. The title of her album »Harlequin«, released in 2022, seems to combine all of these influences. Sofie Royer succeeds in creating a theatrical and musical montage of strange characters, folkloric settings, and mysterious chronologies.

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Schwarzer Keiler

Hailing from the heart of Europe, Abbie Falls are a relentless metalcore powerhouse guaranteed to tear up any live venue with their destructive breakdowns and unrelenting riffs. Lyrical lyrics about toxic relationships and dangerous addictions or an exploration of Jean-Paul Satre’s existentialism are all part of Abbie Falls’ repertoire.

Influenced by deathcore, the five-piece from Prague reached the two million stream mark with their debut EP in 2021 and have since become a real core insider tip not only in their Czech homeland. Recently signed to American label Seek & Strike, they are ready to storm the mosh pit with more releases, including their first appearance at the Summer Breeze Festival in 2023.

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clubCANN

Soffie is a singer and producer who accompanies her music with expressive synthesizers, dynamic arrangements, and perfectly timed choirs. Her lyrics are self-ironic and cynical, dealing with topics such as the meaning of back pain, mansplaining, and the great mystery of self-discovery. Her single ‘Rosenkohl’ (meaning ‘Brussels sprouts’ in English) explores the depressing feeling of outgrowing one’s own home, a feeling that many people in their mid-20s can relate to. She creates complex compositions centred around her remarkable voice. Her music is influenced by Stromae, Lorde, and life itself.

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Sunny High Club

Donna Savage, a talented female rapper from Vienna, shines with hard punchlines and a huge dose of self-confidence. Donna Savage doesn’t give a damn about role clichés and rap pigeonholes, she bangs on both trap and boom bap beats.

After her anti-cat-calling anthem ‘Blutwiese’, which became a long running hit on the ‘Deutschrap Untergrund’ playlist at the end of 2021, she delivered ‘CRUSH’, an homage to the house sound of the 90s and a real summer hit at the same time. Her EP ‘Parole Donna’, released in May 2023, was celebrated by fans and media alike, and Donna Savage now confidently places her uncompromising lyrics on Break Sinatra’s Wave Planet Records label, making it clear in her smoky voice that she is here to stay.

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Stadion der Träume

Peter B. Mathis aka Peter The Human Boy is a self-confessed slow rocker with an audible penchant for dreamy slacker guitar lines, nostalgic lyrics, vintage synths and, last but not least, DIY spirit. The self-produced debut album »Goodbye Summer« was released in autumn 2019 as a dreamy mix of surf rock and bedroom pop and impressively demonstrates that indie artists such as Mac DeMarco, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) and Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) have left their mark on the multi-instrumentalist.

With the release of his second album in May 2022, Peter opens the doors of his psyche a little wider than before. Stranger’s Life is a search for identity in a changing world, characterised by shimmering synthesizers, Motown-like grooves and psychedelic guitar parts. On tour through Germany and Austria, Peter and his bandmates Erika Schweighofer, Laura Keiblinger, Patrick Stieger and Jannik Rieß present their songs as an experimental quintet that has already mangled everything from Bob Dylan to Britney Spears in its set.

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Jugendhaus West

Unvarnished lyrics and empowering charisma, combined with a crisp dose of punk rock and NDW: the Hamburg band TYNA combines wild synths with hard guitars, gang shouts and pop hooks. Their lyrics revolve around burning issues such as racism, mental health and empowerment. TYNA is a live band that has gained a reputation for their energetic performances and ability to attract fans from different genres. They have toured with scene giants like ZSK and Zebrahead, and their shows are known for their passion, sweat, and attitude.

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Staatsministerium

Berlin musician Charlotte Brandi knows: »Cultural renewal is not born out of comfort.« With her second studio album, »An den Alptraum«, released in 2023, she released her first German-language long-player and work produced entirely with FLINTA’s involvement. For Brandi, this was a conscious decision for the overdue paradigm shift in the music world. Consistent feminist process optimization. She sings about the simultaneity of things. Her lyrics deal with men, women, fear, money, death, and the contribution to the revolution. Brandi presents a diverse musical spectrum in her songs, from a capella choirs to art-pop anthems with a scratchy voice. Serious, razor-sharp, and self-deprecating, the singer addresses current social discourses and proves her ability to capture musically and lyrically what is otherwise difficult to grasp.

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Staatsministerium

If the German music scene were a bakery, it would display many hard, old loaves of bread. These are difficult to eat, even with lots of butter. If Franz were a a kind of bread, he would be a milk roll. It is handmade, sweet and lovely, but also a sight that awakens a mother’s instinct. It is too soft to eat and very vulnerable. Let’s leave baked goods aside and focus on music. Future Franz, since his hit single ‘Raucher’, has been preparing to become the pop star of the little man. He creates dreamy, poetic three-minute guitar pop songs with a relaxed indie sound. His music is bursting with simplicity, humor, and inventiveness.

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Kulturbunker

»If you don’t like the index finger, you must put up with the middle finger.« The duo Augn make cabaret-style spoken word post-punk and wear stocking masks, and even this attempt at an accurate band description will likely make them shrug their shoulders in disdain. The fact is, Augn is painfully honest. They don’t want to please anyone; they criticize everyone: Beyoncé, Falco, the Berlin hipster bubble, students, the Junge Union. It’s criticism of social criticism. The nasty irony of the ever-ironic digital zeitgeist. Unpleasant as shit. That’s what songs like »Deutschrap ist tot«, »Falcos Tochter« and »Vintage« are supposed to be. Sophisticated, without claiming to live up to any expectations. That’s what concertgoers have to put up with.

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Im Wizemann

They just wanted to jam together again during the lockdown – the result is Station 17’s eleventh album, »Oui Bitte«. Quite unexpectedly, between the pool and the trout pond. The story of this band project begins in Hamburg in 1988. Isolated from the public, disabled people live together in residential groups—the idea of making music together with non-disabled people developed in residential group 17. Station 17’s ever-changing line-up has always skilfully skirted the rigid genre boundaries. Their musical spectrum ranges from heavy metal, jazz, rock, electro, and house to experimental art.

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Im Wizemann

After years of a solo career, Levin Stadler breaks with the familiar. With the album »Nackt«, he transforms the solo performance of Levin goes lightly into a collaborative project. He now utilises the irritations and ambiguities of the German language to express his longing for touch, ecstasy, closeness, and noise. Levin’s literally flowery metaphors meet the undisguised brutality of early NDW bands with expansive guitars, catchy bass lines and partly casual, partly hectic drums – produced by Thomas Zehnle (Wolf Mountains, among others) and Paul Schwarz (Human Abfall, among others).

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clubCANN

The singer-songwriter from Stuttgart goes beyond tales of heartache in her songs. She aims to convey hope and lightness, revealing her innermost feelings with a powerful voice. Talya is honest with herself, far removed from norms and conventions. Her lyrics touch on deep emotions, learning processes, and empowerment.

clubCANN
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Goldmark’s

One of the most popular bands of the New German Wave is returning to the stages of the republic after their successful 40th anniversary performances. Mattus (vocals), EKT (guitar), Felix (drums) and Jenzzz (bass) had barely existed for five years as Der Moderne Man and yet the Hanoverians left an unmistakable mark on German music history. Der Moderne Man’s German lyrics and idiosyncratic vocal style are unmistakable, although there is a clear musical influence from Joy Division and Gang Of Four.

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Im Wizemann

The Stuttgart band Atomic Lobster shows how lively the Stuttgart music scene is. Ella Estrella Tischa (guitar/vocals), Daniel Herrmann (bass/vocals), and Armando Bleher (drums) create a skillful fusion of grunge, soul, and trip-hop with their music. Inspired by artists such as Radiohead and PJ Harvey, they musically live out their nostalgia for the 90s without losing their desire for new sound experiments and melodies. Atomic Lobster brings this infectious sound to the About Pop stage. The trio’s debut album will also be released in May 2024.

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Goldmark’s

Vague Phonique is a new darkwave band from Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 2023 by Valerio (formerly MILICENT & XTR Human), Katharina and Mathias (formerly XTR Human & The Serpentines), the trio of keyboards, guitars and vocals plays a mixture of darkwave, postpunk and synthpop. vage phonique features elements of the 80s as well as shoegazey guitars and varied electronic beats, sequencers and basses. The first concerts and the single »The Last Man«, including a music video, are planned for 2024.

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Kulturhaus Schwanen

»Influencers hate this trick«: German-language electropunk, served up in the form of a juicy slap in the face with lots of energy, lots of love, lots of anger and a bit of nonsense. Always following the Kochkraft imperative: Don’t be a dick!

With their foundation, Kochkraft and KMA invented the genre of »Neue Deutsche Kelle«. A bit »Neue Deutsche Welle«, but much harder.

Since then, they have released three EPs and the full-length »Endlich Läuse«, played their fingers to the bone at well over 200 concerts and rightly earned a reputation as a top live band. With their latest album »Alle Kinder sind tot«, Kochkraft are more consistent and political than ever. Those who dared to call KMA’s Kochkraft a »fun band« have been shockingly proven wrong, and despite all the shit in the world, they haven’t lost their sense of fun. But they haven’t lost their seriousness either.

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Too fast for reggae, too much brass for rock and too varied for ska… You could go on and on about all the musical genres and pigeonholes that Grup Huub serve up. But there is absolutely no time for that, because when the five guys from Kirchheim unter Teck take the stage, movement is top priority. Drums, bass, guitar, trumpet and trombone will get even the worst dancers on the floor.

The current album, which was released in December 2021, is called »Tanzlokal« (dance hall) and, in addition to all the musical experiments, retains the tried and tested: beats that bang!

After winning several band competitions in their first year of existence, Grup Huub also proved themselves abroad in the following years with appearances at the Chiemsee Summer Festival, the Brass Wiesn in Munich and the Windsurfing World Cup on Sylt.

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RAMPE

Born in the Turkish port city of Izmir, Güner Künier moved to northern Germany with her family in the early 1990s, swapping the warm sea for a stiff breeze. She fell in love with music at an early age, dedicated herself to her passion after graduating and moved to Berlin. In an interview with the taz, she explains: »When I first started listening to music, I liked bands like Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets or Hole, all that stuff from the eighties and nineties. That was quite unusual for a young German-Turkish girl at this time. There wasn’t really anybody like me.«

Releasing live videos, music clips, an EP and playing concert after concert, Künier released her debut album ‘Aşk’ (Turkish for ‘love’) in December 2022, laying her voice over old-school and industrial beats, accompanied by lo-fi guitars and synth sounds. Künier sings in both English and Turkish.

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Ruby Hanna

»Smile every day« is the motto of 23-year-old Lea Graupner from Stuttgart. Even if it sometimes doesn’t sound like it in her songs. With lovesickness, doubt and missing, Lea shows that it’s okay to be sad and that something beautiful and new can always come out of it.

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Kulturhaus Schwanen

LARIFARI will take you and your children on an adventurous journey. The picturesque music invites children to be themselves together. True to the motto »Everyone is colourful on the inside«, LARIFARI aims to inspire curiosity about our diverse world.

With a refreshing mix of indie pop and disco funk, young and old discover the world of fantasy together.

Discover the world of fantasy together. LARIFARI packs the message of not being talked down to and never losing heart into handmade music, making issues such as diversity and inclusion not only easy to touch, but also easy to listen to. In addition, the combination of fun melodies and gentle voices will get your hips tapping.

In 2021, the professional musicians were awarded the »Seal of Approval for Quality Children’s Entertainment«.

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KOMMA

FLORA from Stuttgart draw on musical influences such as The Carpenter, Dolly Mixture and Pastel to create a perfect blend of soft pop and indie rock, characterised by sensitive lo-fi elements and relaxed vocals that go straight to the heart.

With FLORA, genres from the past fit perfectly into today’s pop culture, as the 23-year-old and her band combine psychedelic pop with forward-thinking new wave to create well-tempered goosebumps. Their EP is just the first taste of much more to come from the talented FLORA.

 

A cooperation of KOMMA Esslingen with the Kulturzentrum Dieselstraße and Treibender Teppich Records.

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KOMMA

Vide Obscur was founded in Cologne by Julian Stetter, electronic music artist and producer, and Jakob Lebsanft, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Although both are well versed in their respective genres and have many well-known names in their production repertoire (C.A.R., Casey Spooner, Dumbo Tracks, Elisa Metz, Henry Lee, Keøma, Lord Folter, Magic Island, to name but a few), they both felt the urge to finally create something more tangible with as few mouse clicks as possible.

The two began recording a bunch of instruments over five days, without the slightest idea of where the music was going. The result was an EP called ‘1’, which skillfully blends vocal house loops, progressive rock, grunge, 90s post-rock and even some nuances of indie pop, wave and R’n’B. Sounds exciting? It’s much more!

 

A cooperation of KOMMA Esslingen with the Kulturzentrum Dieselstraße and Treibender Teppich Records.

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KOMMA

A grab bag of K-pop and experimental art-pop that defies preconceptions with artistic sophistication. This is the band Horizontaler Gentransfer (HGT). Or to put it more succinctly: an experimental art-pop, K-punk band initiated by six artists (Mizi Lee, Seonha Park, Jerry Ahn, Yun Park, Lilian Gonzalez, Hanseo Oh) with an immigrant background in Stuttgart in May 2022.

HGT not only questions cultural norms, but also deals with explicit racist attacks in direct exchange with the audience. This transfer of feelings and experiences to the audience is the horizontal of HGT. The artists’ characters are visually complemented by self-made costumes, leaving room for a unique art performance.

 

A cooperation of KOMMA Esslingen with the Kulturzentrum Dieselstraße and Treibender Teppich Records.

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KOMMA

Synth-pop with flair and wanderlust for the next big city trip. Timbeau from southern Germany have a heart for kitsch, madness, heartache, sunshine, groove and lightness. Frontman Tim Bohner himself prefers to call Timbeau’s music »Japan City Pop«. Sounds strange, but hits the nail on the head. The four-piece band, consisting of Tim Bohner (vocals, drums), Hannes Scherf (bass), Flo Schirmer (keyboards) and Marius Schwingel (guitar), enchants the poetic to thoughtful lyrics with groovy, light-footed melodies in a rich, summery, flowing sound.

 

A cooperation of KOMMA Esslingen with the Kulturzentrum Dieselstraße and Treibender Teppich Records.

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Schwarzer Keiler

A relaxed barbecue at a festival, sipping a cold beer together and just having a good time in a Hawaiian shirt on a camping chair. This is exactly how Beyond The Last Coast, with their sunny disposition in the otherwise often dark and serious metal scene, want to offer their audience the escape from everyday life.

Two female singers whose voices complement each other perfectly, the courage to experiment with synthesis, piano and lyrical depth make this band from Göppingen a promising hope in the metalcore universe.

Since 2023, the six-piece band has been touring the country’s stages, leaving a lasting impression on the equally colourful audiences, and not just because of their neat shirts.

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Sunny High Club

The Israeli rapper writes and produces her songs with great passion. Sharon grew up in Pforzheim, Germany, mainly listening to rap and R&B/soul from the eighties and nineties. Her rap skills shine with old school vibes and a great passion for hip hop. The 26-year-old queer feminist stands for empowerment, authenticity and self-love. With three EPs and an album to her name, as well as opening for Sookee and Amewu, the young MC has made a name for herself in the underground scene over the last five years with her own style.

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Werkstatthaus

Soft vocals playfully combine with synth layers, guitar riffs and pumping beats. The Stuttgart band Melody La La composes songs of elusive beauty and timeless validity. Fragments seemingly taken from a David Lynch film are combined with a sure instinct for successful pop music. Gloomy and dark, fragile and vulnerable, the songs seem at first glance. But Melody La La don’t make it that easy: the band’s overriding artistic approach is reflected in repetitive parts, adorned with instruments from outside the genre, such as saxophone or kalimba. Spherical, driving and poppy. A very interesting band, far away from the usual patterns, creating their own soundtrack without fear of contact.

Werkstatthaus
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Jugendhaus West

Never again sexism! Never again fascism! Never again queer hostility! The band »Nie Wieder« from Backnang makes clear political statements with their music. Against tough guys, confused muddled and politically right demonstrators and everything else that promotes capitalism or violence. How do they do it? Kat, Phil, Matti and Benedict play fast, danceable punk, sometimes a bit rough, but always with heart and preferably loud.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your best pogo shoes, take your favourite people by the hand and join in!

Jugendhaus West
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Ruby Hanna

The pre-session #1 at Ruby Hanna is also our kick-off to this year’s About Pop!

 

Nasir is a singer-songwriter, rapper and producer from Stuttgart. His music is influenced by the soulful sounds of the 70s and the uninhibited energy of 90s hip hop, jazz and R’n’B. In between constantly new stage experiences, Nasir is currently working on his first EP: a powerful homage to his musical journey and spiritual conviction. Music that moves, lyrics that move hearts and a performance that carries you away!

Ruby Hanna
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die Halle

Früh kommen lohnt sich, denn wie bei allen Pre-Sessions gilt: first come, first serve.
Eintritt mit About Pop Festivalticket frei.

 

In 2024 wird das selbstbetitelte Debütalbum der Hamburger Band »Trümmer« 10 Jahre alt. Dieses Jubiläum nimmt die Band zum Anlass, um ausgiebigst mit ihren Fans zu feiern und sich auf »10 Jahre Trümmer« – Tour zu begeben! Im Rahmen der About Pop machen Trümmer Halt bei der Pre-Session #2 am 22. März in der Halle in Reichenbach!
Die Band hat sich dazu entschieden, auf ihrer Tour in kleinen, punkigen Läden zu spielen. Genau diese Art von Läden, die gerade allerorten vom Verschwinden bedroht sind. So schließt sich für die Band ein Kreis. Trümmer werden dabei jedoch keine nostalgische Stimmung aufkommen lassen, sondern Songs aus allen drei Alben TRÜMMER (2014), INTERZONE (2015) und FRÜHER WAR GESTERN (2021) spielen.

Die »Kulturinitiative Reichenbach«, die hinter der Location der Pre-Session #2 steckt, verfolgt das Ziel, Kultur von unten zu ermöglichen, Räume bereitzustellen, ein breites Spektrum an Veranstaltungen anzubieten und Anlaufstelle für die lokale und regionale Szene zu sein. Gemeinsam mit dem Pop-Büro veranstaltet die Halle einen Konzertabend.

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Impact Hub
Workshop
Musikwirtschaft

For the second time, Dunstan Media presents the Artist Feedback Session at ABOUT POP. This session gives artists and bands the opportunity to present their best songs to renowned industry professionals and receive direct feedback. Managers, labels, bookers and publishers are looking for the top acts of tomorrow. They are familiar with the musical zeitgeist and always keep an eye on trends and developments. They are therefore important decision-makers when it comes to the stars of tomorrow. Just the right people for valuable feedback on your music! Artists can submit one of their songs, information and links until 19 April 2024. Five artists will be selected from the registrations and will have the opportunity to receive feedback from three professional personalities from the music industry during the session at ABOUT POP in Stuttgart. In 2023, experts from Sony Music, ROBA Musikverlag and Extratours Konzertbüro could be brought onto the session stage.

Even if you haven’t submitted any songs, you can listen and benefit from valuable tips on how to make yourself and your music even more appealing to potential business partners.

Apply now with your music: https://dmh-agency.typeform.com/to/sKRAserN

Submission deadline is 19.04.2024.

Please note that in order to participate in the feedback session on 17 May 2024 in Stuttgart, you must appear at About Pop, an on

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Impact Hub
Lesung

»When it comes to animals, the left turns right,« postulates Fahim Amir and strikes back. Criticism of environmental degradation or industrial animal husbandry is usually based on conservative notions of »untouched nature« or eco-capitalist concerns about sustainable resource management.

Amir counters the romanticisation of nature with politics rather than ethics. Rather than culturally pessimistically declaring animals to be mere victims, their story is told from a perspective of struggle: How unruly pigs were instrumental in the development of the modern factory. How unruly crowds of people and animals resisted the taming of New York in the early 19th century. How the city’s songbirds doped themselves thanks to high levels of estrogen in the sewage, and used nicotine from cigarette butts to ward off parasites in their nests. The story of malaria mosquitoes and attempts to control them throws a stroboscopic light on the neocolonial relationship between medical and political fever.
There is no going back to a supposedly pure naturebut new urban ecologies are an opportunity for new concepts of togetherness and antagonism. This is not about moral self-aggrandisement or market-like notions of social reform through correct consumption, but about utopian moments that make the present sputter.

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Panel

Deepfakes, new songs by long-dead musicians, voice clones of famous singers and entire albums without a human being in the studio – is this the music industry of the future?

How much artificial intelligence in which areas of music production is »healthy« and where is the red line that should not be crossed? In which areas of the music industry is AI already a reality, perhaps even without the general public being aware of it? let’s take a look at the music industry of tomorrow today.

 

Brought to you by Dunstan Media

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Lesung

Why our feminism needs to become more feminist

 

Feminism in Germany must change, demands journalist and author Sibel Schick: We need justice instead of marginalisation!

Calling yourself a feminist is all the rage, but that doesn’t mean that mainstream feminism deserves the name. After all, only a few people in Germany benefit from it: privileged, heterosexual and cisgender white middle-class people. And the exploitation of everyone else is pushed into invisibility.

If we want to live in a free society that demands real equality for all people, a lot has to change: in our coexistence, in politics, online, at work and in our understanding of democracy in general. Step by step, Sibel Schick analyses the exclusionary mechanisms of white feminism on the basis of current social debates, breaking with traditions and expectations. A highly relevant plea for a fairer world.

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Lesung

»We are the Turks of tomorrow. New Wave, New Germany« is about a cultural revolution. At the end of the 1970s, intellectuals recommended »German identity« as a therapeutic agent against a supposedly disorientated society. Young punks preferred to reinvent themselves. As garish, loud and provocative as possible.

The holes in their T-shirts and jeans were a reference to the general breakdown of conditions. They were a scandal in post-war Germany because the ideal world was not supposed to show any cracks.

Germany had long since become a country of immigration. But the majority of society found it difficult to accept this. Gabi Delgado-Lopez’s satirical response to German fears of foreign infiltration was: »We are the Turks of tomorrow.« He and several other children of migrants made a significant contribution to the invention of a German pop language. Soon the new movement was called the »Neue deutsche Welle«. The »German« in its name referred to the language, not the country.

 

The artists of the New Wave reflected everyday life in a society that was still characterised by authoritarian standardisation constraints. The punks made fun of old and new Nazis. Young women formed bands against the resistance of wide-legged men. Then they cheerfully sang about their desires to annoy the patriarchy. Last but not least, the styles and lyrics of the New Wave played with gender roles. They propagated a playful form of queerness. »Who are the girls? Who are the boys?« asked The Wirtschaftswunder from Limburg, for example. Their singer was a young guest worker from Sicily.

 

Moderation: Anja Wasserbäch

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Panel
Musikwirtschaft

Lack of diversity in the music industry – now a much-discussed topic? Not quite. It’s true that the shortcomings of festival line-ups are being discussed more and more frequently, which is great. But what goes on behind the scenes in labels, publishing houses, booking and sound engineering, for example, is unknown to most people. It’s time to have an in-depth chat with the people behind the scenes in the music industry.

 

Brought to you by Dunstan Media

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dasCann Jugendhaus
Workshop
Jugendkultur
About Y
Body Neutrality

Embrace your cringe.
Just be embarrassed, find everything embarrassing, even think embarrassingly. We dig through our shame together, find long-hidden treasures and at some point simply leave these feelings behind. Together we will collectively create a work of art and dedicate ourselves to shame, shaming, bullying and good feelings towards ourselves.

dasCann Jugendhaus
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Stuttpark
Workshop
Jugendkultur
About Y
Eventplanung

At Team Tomorrow, young people always plan for young people. They face all the challenges of event planning: from the planning phase to authorisation and implementation, there is a lot to consider. What political and bureaucratic pitfalls could there be? How much lead time do I need? Who should I get on board? And how do you manage to stay on the ball, even when the mills of bureaucracy often grind slowly? That’s what this workshop is all about.

Stuttpark
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Stuttpark
Workshop
Jugendkultur
About Y
Social Media

Immerse yourself in the world of social media and music marketing! Our workshop for young musicians offers a creative journey through the basics of social media marketing: from optimising your profile to creative content creation and using the right equipment. Learn how to use trends and challenges for your music and get insider tips from a pro. This interactive session is your key to a successful presence in the digital world. Join us to discover fresh ideas and boost your music career on social media!

Stuttpark
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Stuttpark
Workshop
Jugendkultur
About Y
Producing

Baron guides you through the process of song production from scratch. He provides insights into the songwriting process using the »new school lyrics« approach and shows how lyrics and melodies come together. He also gives tips and tricks on how to deal with beats, arrangements in a song, the technical possibilities and the recording process itself.

Stuttpark

What has happened so far? About Pop 2023

Festival Line-Up 2023

Agar Agar, Anika, Babyjoy, Beatfoot, Boy Harsher, Catnapp, Die Nerven, Flawless Issues, Florent Josef, Hanniou, Laima Adelaide, Mareux, Mia Morgan, Sirens of Lesbos, Steintor Herrenchor, Themis, Whispering Sons

Convention Line-Up 2023

Afrob, Alexander Endress, Alexis Waltz, Alicia Fricke, Andrea Schöne, Andrii Yankovskyi, Anja Rützel, Anja Wasserbäch, Anna Blaich, Anna Ross, Arne Braun, Axl Jansen, Bettina Thumm, Björn Springorum, Carolin Borst, Carolin Jetter, Carolina Schwoll, Caroline d’Orville, Catalina Lopez, Catnapp, Cee, Chris Warstat, Christiane Müller, Christin Rasp, Christina Feldmer, Clifford Muthukumarana, Colyn Heinze, Cora E., Cristina Plett, Daniel Miller, Daniel Pittner, Dejan Perc, Dergin Tokmak, Diane Zillmer, Dr. Stefanie Rhein, Dr. Steffen Damm, Elmira Gasanova, Eve Böhm, Felicia Maier, Felix Klenk, Franzi Lammers, Gesine Kühne, Giovanna Thiery, Hannes Loh, Heidi Süß, Ingmar Volkmann, Isabel Castro, Isabel Thalhäuser, Isabell Mayer, Ivonne Richter, Janina Klabes, Jannis Walz, Jasmin Vogel, Jens Balzer, Jens Gutfleisch, Johanna Müller, Johannes Ernst, Jonas Putzer, Jule Blanck, Julia Nagele, Julia Pellizzari, Jürgen Enninger, Jürgen Sauer, Kalian Dahlhoff, Katharina Barthel, Katharina Cufar, Kay Mayer, Kerstin Mayer, Kimsy von Reischach, Kordula Kunert, Kristina Mühlbach, Kübra Sekin, Laurena Frey, Lea Jung, Leandra Preißler, Leonie Meister, Luca Schreiner, Luisa Rösner, Mailin Richter, Malena Kronschnabl , Malte Pill, Marc Engenhart, Marc Huttenlocher, Marc Wohlrabe, Marcel Massoth, Marcel Roth, Marco Trotta, Maren Weber, Maria Kechaja, Martin Elbert, Martin Welzer, Matthias Müller, Matthias Rauch, Maximilian Mörseburg, Michael Ebner, Michael Herberger, Michael Thumm, Murat Güngör, Nadja Dilger, Natascha Stogu, Nicolaj Gruzdov, Niels Keller, Nils Edte, Nils Fischer, Nils Runge, Nisse Ingwersen, Ole Bornitz, Paul Blanck, Paulina Żaczek, Pauline Schumann, Prof. Dr. Raphael Schwegmann, Prof. Julia Kühne, Prof. Udo Dahmen, Raúl Krauthausen, Rhia Baguley, Robert Schulz, Robin Seitter, Rose von Stein, Sabine-Lydia Schmidt, Saeed Kakavand, Sara Dahme, Sarah Farina, Shelly Phillips, Simone Engeln, Sonja Grulke, Steffen Vetterle, Susann Pfarr, Sylwia Zarembska, Tamara Wirth, Theo Kalich, Thomas Venker, Thorsten Puttenat, Tua, Vadym Chynonyi, Vanessa Fritz, Verena Bößmann, Walter Ercolino, Yannick Tessenow, Yvy Pop