Dionne Warwick, En Vogue, Asaf Avidan and more perform at Musikmesse Festival 2018

Musikmesse has announced a number of impressive acts that will be performing at this year’s Musikmesse Festival, including Albert Hammond, Asaf Avidan, Curse, Dionne Warwick, En Vogue (pictured) and Gino Vanelli.

There will be over 60 concerts throughout Frankfurt – and, for the first time, highlight events right on the exhibition grounds.

For the third time running, the four-day Musikmesse Festival parallel to the Musikmesse fair is set to make Frankfurt a mecca for music lovers from around the world. The multi-faceted programme includes appearances by an array of acclaimed artists. As the official Musikmesse opening concert, the grand finale of the International German Piano Award will be held in the ‘Alte Oper’ concert hall two days before the fair begins, on 9th April.

“From classic and jazz, via rock and pop, to electronic sounds, the Musikmesse Festival presents the complete spectrum of music,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

“The four-day, all-embracing musical experience has developed into a component part of the Musikmesse fair and the cultural scene in Frankfurt. For this, we owe a vote of thanks to our many supporters who join forces with us to organise the event – from officials of the City of Frankfurt, via venue operators, to our partners from the culture and music industry.”

For the first time, Musikmesse Festival is collaborating with European music-promotion initiatives to present showcase evenings with bands covering the spectrum from indie, electro, folk, rock and R‘n’B from countries such as Ireland, Luxemburg, the Czech Republic, Russia and Hungary. The venue is the Maritim Hotel at the Exhibition Centre on the first three evenings of the fair, beginning at 19.00 hrs.

The only concert to be given in Germany by five-fold Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will be the crowning glory of the Musikmesse Festival when she sings with the New Philharmonic Orchestra Frankfurt at the CMF on Saturday evening.

In over 30 locations in Frankfurt, the Festival presents concerts by national and international artists of all genres. Among those taking part: Israeli folk-rock musician Asaf Avidan (13 April, Batschkapp) famed for the megahit ‘Reckoning Song (One Day)’, Britain’s singer-songwriter Albert Hammond (12 April, Alte Oper) and US soul band En Vogue (13 April, Gibson).

Fans of German hip-hop can look forward to rapper Curse on 14 April in Batschkapp culture centre. The Nachtleben club on Frankfurt’s Zeil street will rock to the sound of Brian Downey’s Alive And Dangerous, the band of Thin Lizzy’s long-standing drummer (14 April), and German punk band Radio Havanna (12 April). Girl power with hard riffs are on the programme of the Cave club with female-fronted metal band Fallcie on 14 April and at Club Voltaire with the alternative rock band Calling Vega on 12 April. Fans of electronic music can party until the early morning at the ‘Berlin Nights’ event with DJ Dirty Döring (14 April, Tanzhaus West).

This is just a selection of what’s on throughout this year’s Musikmesse. Check out the full programme information and ticket prices at www.musikmesse-festival.com.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest show news in MI Focus’ dedicated Musikmesse news section.


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