BOB without Beethoven – Classic Picnic time at Kunstrasen

“Welcome to Bonn’s most beautiful Concert Venue”.  Perhaps Beethoven Orchestra Bonn (BOB) Director/Conductor Dirk Kaftan was genuinely only making a point about the beautiful surroundings at Kunstrasen.  A few spectators at this year’s ‘Klassik Picknick’ might well have taken it as a sly ‘dig’ at the disastrous renovation plans of the Beethoven Hall just down the road, however.  Aside from the fact it would get a bit cold in December though it started me to thinking that perhaps they should keep the Kunstrasen stage where it is and just build a football stadium-style roof over the spectator area to make it all-weather friendly and give the Beethovenhalle up as the ‘bad job’ it has become?

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Joan Baez Tickets


Joan Baez at Kunstrasen in 2015

“When I  step onto a stage, I don’t make history anymore – I am history!”  That’s how Joan Baez once described her live appearances to the New York Times.

A few more tickets are now available to see this legendary singer at what will surely be one of her very last appearances in Europe. Baez herself has already announced this as her ‘fare Thee Well’ tour.   Venue: Insel Grafenwerth in Bad Honnef on Saturday (6 July).

Tickets via Bonnticket (and at the time of writing still via Mr Music in Bonn)

Little Hurricane in Cologne


Here’s one for the diaries of all raw Blues lovers.  San Diego based Little Hurricane are a male/female duo with minimalist blues approach to a rocking, indie sound.

Anthony “Tone” Catalano and drummer Celeste “C.C.” Spina already have a major cult following so don’t delay grabbing tickets for their show at Luxor in Cologne on 25 September!


Cynthia Nickschas in the Park

A reminder to the many Cynthia Nickschas fans out there that she will be playing outside the Trinkpavillion in Bad Godesberg on Wednesday (3 July) from 7 pm.  Free Entrance but please put some money in the hat that will be passed around!  Details HERE

Cynthia will be playing on the ‘big stage’ at Kunstrasen on 15 August as support to Max Giesinger (and Namika) where tickets will start at 42.50 Euros so consider her appearance for free on Wednesday as a special bargain indeed!!!



Tears For Fears – Kunst!Rasen 2019 starts on Friday

Kim Wilde at Münsterplatz last year

With the shift of Max Geisinger’s concert to mid-August the first musician to welcome Kunst!Rasen 2019 fans on 28 June is due to be  Kim Wilde.  The British Pop Queen will be opening for Tears For Fears on what looks to be one of the hottest opening evenings of Kunst!Rasen (literally) for some years.  Wilde of course captured hearts across the pond in the USA with her mega-hit ‘Kids in America’ and anyone who caught her show last year in Bonn’s Münsterplatz will attest that Wilde still has a great voice and an ear for catchy pop-rock melodies.

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