Monday, August 15, 2005

cologne is approaching.

I'm heading to Cologne in less than two weeks for C/O Pop, a German "music conference" (basically a week-long party) that proved to be mighty last summer. As with last year, the Kompakt night (last year it was called the Kompakt 100 Festival; this year it's Kompakt Total 6 Night)--featuring live sets by Reinhard Voigt, Rex the Dog, and Justus Kohncke, plus DJ sets courtesy of Michael Mayer, Koze, Superpitcher, and more--looks like the highlight of the weekend. Last summer Triple R DJed at the Kompakt party, but this year he's running his own competing MBF Night at a different club, which will include, of course, Triple R on the decks plus live sets from Steve Barnes and Break 3000.

But good grief, thereĀ“s more. So much more.

As with last year, the real challenge of being a good C/O Pop ahem, "conference attendee" is stamina.

The next night--Saturday--it's all about choices, choices. So many choices. Last year the choice was clear: Saturday night belonged to Ada and the Areal party at Kunstwerk. But this year we not only have an Areal/Freude am Tanzen party (with Basteroid, Metope, Jan-Eric Kaiser, and the Wighnomy Bros.) but we ALSO have what looks to be a great Trapez party (with Dominik Eulberg, Triple R, and Alex Smoke.) Lest you get bored, there's also the Firm party, featuring Schaeben and Voss, Andre Kraml, and a whole lot more.

Now it's Sunday and you're totally fucking exhausted from having not slept for 48 hours. What better than to dance the day away under the sun with Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin in a children's park facing the lovely Rhine river? It lasts all day (and all night), and it's a wonderfully surreal endcap to three solid days of clubbing mayhem. Cologne, I raise my glass to you.


Anonymous fe zaffe said...

i think the best parties on saturday are at gloria (hartchef + playhouse) and kunstwerk (dnb upstairs, knarz downstairs -> mixed crowds are usually more fun). too bad the two venues are so far apart :\

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Norah said...

i was lucky to attend it POP Komm in 1997, what a great festival of all things music it is. enjoy.

12:10 PM  
Blogger theo said...

a pitty the PopKomm moved to Berlin. I still prefer Cologne though. the fridaynight at C/O Pop is perfect, but I was hoping to attend the saturday as well. unfortunately the newspaper I work for couldn't find another journalist to cover the Mystery Land Festival just around the corner where I live so I have to be back on saturday to check that one out. it isn't so bad either with Felix Da Housecat, Vitalic, Joris Voorn and Ricardo spinning there.. see you in Cologne!

4:05 PM  
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