Over The Border 2020

Bonn presents itself as an International City, and the yearly ‘Over the Border’ Festival proves this in mouthwatering musical style.

The Festival this year will run from 20th through to 30 March and take place in various locations: Harmonie, Pantheon, Telekom Forum, Rheinbühne and there is also a concert by Noami Waisfeld in Dottendorf (great to see this establishing itself as a venue).  There will be more details to come about the shows and the performers – one of these is already a popular live performer in Bonn – Sven Hammond is famous for his explosive live shows at the Harmonie in recent years.

Sven Hammond

20.3 – Local Ambassadors + Special Guest (Pantheon)

21.3 – Yasmin Levy – Songs from a forgotten Culture (Telekom Forum)

21.3 – Jamaran feat. Jahcoustix 20 year Anniversary (Harmonie)

24.3 – Eze Wendtoin – Bukina Faso meets Goethe (Rheinbühne)

25.3 – Noemi Waysfeld (Dottendorf)

26.3 – Jupiter & Okwess (Harmonie)

27.3 – Legendary Kizomba star DonKikas (Harmonie)

27.3 – Jowee Omicil & Band with Guest Thiago Gois Band (Pantheon)

28.3 – Falakumbe The sensational Cumbia Band (Harmonie)

30.3 – Sven Hammond & Guests (Harmonie)

 

The Festival has as Patron Lord Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan and partner the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

For ticket details click HERE

 

Sold Out (Again!) – Julian Sas

What is there left to say about Julian Sas at Bonn Harmonie?  Fact: this was his 18th appearance here since 2003.  Fact: Most of those shows have been sold out within a few days.  Fact: Julian Sas is one of Europe’s best guitar players.  Fact:  I’ve taken pictures of Julian’s devoted, mostly dutch, followers regularly over the years, and the faces don’t change.  So what makes these people ‘fans for life?’.   It’s Saturday night on a sunny November night in Bonn.  Wintertime.  Inside the Harmonie though it’s a hot and balmy evening – it’s Sas time…

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Escape to Bonn – Danny Bryant at The Harmonie

The new disc ‘Means of  Escape’ was recently nominated for Best Album of 2019 in the European Blues Awards, as well as being included in Joe Bonamassa’s personal Spotify Playlist of music from musicians who are keeping the Blues alive.  It was recorded in as few takes as possible says the English guitarist behind it, in order to keep the live feel.  Here we are then to test out just how well that live CD vibe aimed for by Danny Bryant matches a room full of Blues fans on a chilly November evening at The Harmonie

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Top Names coming in 2020

Brian Ferry during his Museumsplatz show in 2010

So many top names have surely never before been booked so long in advance.  This must be a record for compiling a top-notch concert calendar in the Cologne-Bonn region. With the addition of the Hofgarten, top local promoter Ernst-Ludwig Hartz now has even more top locations at his disposal from which to offer major musical stars, and it’s reflected in the big names coming Bonn and Cologne’s ways next year.

Lionel Richie will be saying ‘Hello’ to Bonn

The biggest showground of all will be the Hofgarten Wiese in Bonn.  Vividly remembered by local residents for the many student demonstrations that took place there, it will attract big crowds for very different reasons in 2020.  25,000 people will be able to see German Electro-Pop legends Kraftwerk in action on 15 May.  The day before will see a simultaneous concert by the Bonn and Vienna Orchestras.

 

Kunst!rasen will see Sting (already sold out) and Lionel Richie deliver concerts down by the Rhine in Bonn, whilst down by the Cathedral in Cologne stars will include Brian Ferry on 28th July.  The ‘trial’ concert by Joan Baez at Insel Grafenwerth was a roaring success, with the result that more shows are being planned down by the Rhine there too – Albert Hammond, who delivered a wonderfully eclectic show from his long and successful career as both singer and songwriter will be playing on 6th June.

Albert Hammond – during his 2019 Cologne concert

And it’s only November 2019.

Plenty more to come…!