The Carnival will go on in Bonn – Musically at least


Good news for lovers of Germany’s famed ‘Fifth Season’ – Carneval has not been completely cancelled.  Despite Corona, BonnLive is set to bring a bit of ‘Jeck’ to Cologne and Bonn in the coming weeks.  From 29 January to 16 February a strong line-up of popular musicians will be just a car-ride away.  Concerts will be held on the parking lot of the popular Südstadion in Cologne and on the old Miesen grounds in Dottendorf, featured bands include KASALLA, BRINGS, BLÄCK FÖÖSS and HÖHNER.

The BonnLive initiative was founded in 2020 during the first lockdown by organizers fünfdrei eventagentur and RheinEvents. The two companies are known far beyond the city limits for the Green Juice Festival and the Panama Open-Air Festival. The project began in March of last year with a BonnLive culture stream. “Within two weeks, we developed this format – which was completely new for us – in which we made high-quality streams of local artists available to our viewers on YouTube and on our website” remembers Julian Reininger, one of the two managing directors of fünfdrei eventagentur.  “During theKulturstreams, we planned the car concerts at the Bonn Westwerk,” adds his brother and co-managing director Simon Reininger, with the result that there were more than 20,000 enthusiastic visitors at about 70 shows with artists of all styles and from all over Germany.  Open-air concerts at the Rheinaue followed in Summer 2020 with an elaborate hygiene concept that enabled a further 46,000  visitors to enjoy live music during the pandemic.


With the experience gained during last Summers successful Car-concert run, the BonnLive creators have now planned a Lockdown musical Carneval  The concept is simple:  Jecken’ – naturally suitably costumed – may attend in accordance with the currently valid Corona protection regulations, with maximally two households in their own car. The concerts will be held at the renowned Südstation in Cologne and at the old Miesen site in Bonn-Dottendorf.  Digital tickets, available at, will be scanned without contact. Afterwards, the vehicles will be marshalled by trained personnel.

Bläck Fööss (Erry Stoklosa)

The ticket rule is also simple: first come, first served for the popular seats in the first rows. In total, there is space for around 300 cars in Cologne, and even up to 400 vehicles in Bonn. LED screens will be set up to guarantee good visibility in the back rows as well. Sound will be transmitted via the company’s own FM radio and guests can also dial into the BonnLive Zoom meeting and project themselves onto the large LED screen if they wish. Only honking is strictly prohibited. Currently, supporters, partners and sponsors are still diligently sought. “A year without Carnival is unthinkable for Rhinelanders” say the BonnLive creators.

Advance sales start on January 15 at 11:11 a.m.






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