Electronic Beats presents Touch Yello

Electronic Beats presents Touch Yello You might recall the last time we presented Dieter Meier and Boris Blank‘s mindbending Virtual Concert to an ecstatic crowd in Berlin. Now, on June 22nd, the two are taking their Touch Yello concert concept to Cologne for an experience that will leave newcomers awed and remind returning audiences what makes this such an ‘Oh Yeah’ event.

Joining the Swiss legends once more will be singer-songwriter Heidi Happy, employing her lovely voice with the onscreen duo. The event takes place at the Astor Film Lounge as part of the C/O Pop Festival, which also features EB favorites like Soap&Skin and Dillon, so you can easily see quite a few good shows in just one day.

And the Touch Yello show itself? A mere 11€** if you buy presale (and still only 15€ at the door). Have we convinced you that you absolutely, positively need to be there yet? Then call the ticket hotline at 0221-2801, or order them online here. In case you purchased a full festival ticket for c/o pop, you should reserve a ticket for Touch Yello due to limited venue capacities. Every festival ticket owner can order 1 ticket for Touch Yello via ticket@c-o-pop.de from 11th June 2012 – first come, first served!

And: Don’t forget to rsvp to our Facebook event in case you’re coming! Doors open at 6:30PM; hope to see you there!

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c/o pop 2012: Editor’s Choice

c/o pop 2012: Editor's Choice It goes without saying that, if you’re attending Cologne’s c/o pop festival, you’re gonna be seeing our excellent Touch Yello performance – last tickets available here. It’s virtually (see what we did there?) the coolest thing to see that features Yello, unless you count an amazing dream one of our editors had last weekend….that was a heck of a show, at least according to him. But what else are you going to see? There’s plenty of options, but we’ve gathered our five must-see performances for your perusal – take a look, mark your calendars, and see you soon (we hope!)

1. Soap&Skin

Beautifully dark orchestral pop that’s as unsettling as it is catchy. This is the kind of live show that makes your emotions surge.

2. Light Asylum

The NYC goth destroyas have been taking Europe by storm lately thanks to frequent tours; if you haven’t seen their powerful, dancefloor-killing live show yet, then now’s the time.

3. Dillon

There’s a reason Dillon was an EB covergirl: she’s absolutely charming live.

4. Prinzhorn Dance School

We don’t usually go in for the more ‘polite’ forms of post-punk, but this UK duo have won us over with their latest LP Clay Class. We’re very much looking forward to seeing them in person!

5. La Femme

Surfy proto-punk done by models. Lovely to see, lovely to hear, and hey, it’s summer!

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Join Electronic Beats at c/o pop 2012 for ‘Touch Yello – The Virtual Concert’

Join Electronic Beats at c/o pop 2012 for 'Touch Yello – The Virtual Concert' It’s only three more weeks until Electronic Beats once again returns to Cologne. From June 20th to the 24th, the North Rhine-Westphalian city will turn into a melting pot of contemporary electronic and pop music for the ninth time. The EB Team is especially happy to announce that we’ll be involved in this year’s edition of c/o pop Festival.

While Deutsche Telekom is partnering up with c/o pop for the first time as a Premium Partner of the festival as well as C’n’B – Creative and Business Convention – offering practical contributions such as social commerce, streaming services and business models of live and content platforms –, Electronic Beats is involved in the c/o pop festival program itself.

Electronic Beats will be hosting Dieter Meier‘s and Boris Blank‘s live show ‘Touch Yello – The Virtual Concert‘, just as we did at Berlin’s Kino International back in 2009. For this year’s event we chose Residenz cinema with its state-of-the-art-projection and audio-system as the location for the Yello show, which will be supported by Swiss pop musician Heidi Happy. Learn more about the concept of ‘Touch Yello’ with our 2009 review video:

As tickets have been on sale for a while and time is getting short, we heavily recommend you to get your tickets now – or win them right here and now. Until 10th of June you’ll be able to join our competition by filling out the form below.

Don’t forget to rsvp to our Facebook event in case you’re coming, and to check out the Slices feature on Yello at the bottom of the page! Hope to see you in Cologne!

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Festival Review: c/o Pop

Festival Review: c/o Pop

Since it started in 2004, Cologne’s c/o pop has quickly established itself as one of the hottest inner-city festivals in Europe. Each year, the audience attendance of both the music festival and its twin sister, the Creative Business Convention C’n’B, keep on rising; the numbers went up to over 35,000 in 2011. One of the main reasons is excellent booking that reflects current trends while at the same time promoting future developments. In this year’s edition, one of the focuses was on bands and artists who have their roots in electronic music, but perform in a classic band format.

One of the many kick-off events was the Electronic Beats Soirée. The bar, complete with adjoining terrace, was located at Rheinterrassen, a restaurant overlooking the Rhine and Cologne’s stunning skyline. People from music and media-related business backgrounds met to exchange ideas and watch Danish dance-pop diva Oh Land (a.k.a. Nanna Øland Fabricius) who, clad in a bright green summer dress and boots and accompanied only by a percussionist, delivered an exciting performance somewhere between pop show and ballet.

Later, everyone joined the crowd at the neighboring open air location Tanzbrunnen, where US soul star Janelle Monáe gave one of her rare European shows. After a few rather slow tracks during which she was painting a picture of a nude woman’s back live on stage, Monáe finally put the painting away, and she and her band suddenly burst into mayhem. Balloons were tossed into the cheering crowd, masked dancers appeared, and the stage became a scene of controlled chaos, with the band getting higher and higher on their own, beat-driven classic soul sound. Even a cover of the Jackson 5 was heard. The audience wouldn’t let them go, and after two encores, everyone left exhausted and happy to see either Whomadewho and Kiss Kiss Kiss at the Gloria or Marc Lansley at the re-opened legendary club Gewölbe.


One of the many groups at c/o pop that move seemingly effortless back and forth between electronic music and a classic band sound is Sascha Ring’s Apparat Band, which allows Ring to indulge in a more orchestral, ambient-like sound than his rather minimalist electronic approaches. With drums, piano, synthesizer, guitar and various effects, Ring and his amazing live band performed a set that brought to mind similar international indie and electro acts like Sigur Rós, Radiohead or Björk. Apparat Band proved to be perfect co-headliner for Canadian violinist Owen Pallett, who has recently opened up his live sound – which under the Final Fantasy pseudonym used to be only him, his violin, a loop station and a volume pedal – by adding a guitar player and a drummer on certain songs. As always, Pallett fascinated the audience with his impeccable and outstanding performance, creating a one-man orchestra by looping and adding up sounds and melodies made with his violin, while amusing the audience with his strange kind of humour.

Friday night at Stadtgarten, Düsseldorf’s up and coming Italic Music label presented two very distinct groups that are, each in its own manner, reviving the glorious phase of the sound of Düsseldorf, while gently translating it into our time. Or as label owner Marc Knauer puts it: "Sometimes taking a step back means taking a step forward.“ Stabil Elite, a very new and stylish band of young fashionistas, whose single ‘Gold’ has been chosen as the c/o Pop festival hymn, performed a surprisingly mature set of Kraut-influenced, Moog-infused experimental rock with sharp German lyrics. Later, their label mates Kreidler took over and transformed the packed venue into a moving and nodding crowd. With a sound that is simultaneously dark and clubby, pulsating and warm, these post-rock veterans, who just released her new album “Tank”, won the hearts of everyone in the crowd. Düsseldorf – douze points.


Meanwhile, an exceptional entertainer from Halifax, Canada, took the stage in the front room. Rich Aucoin made the crowd go wild right from the start. His uplifting electro-pop runs on pure enthusiasm. Aucoin projects the lyrics of his songs on the wall behind him and makes his audiences go out of their minds by shouting lines like “This could be our last dance!” and let everyone join in choruses (or rather battle cries) like ‘We’re not dead yet! We are undead!“ An exhausted Aucoin told us after the show that after each performance, he wrings two small glasses of sweat out of his shirt. We believe him. Festival Friday was finished with the Norwegian DJ night at the Ehrenfeld club Zum Scheuen Reh, where DJs Charlotte Bendicks, Taigatrost, Le Petit Garçon, Boska and Kohib presented sounds from the true electronic heart of Norway, the vibrant arctic city of Tromsø. On Saturday, Belgisches Viertel was the place to be. Under the label “Chic Belgique”, many designer shops joined forces to present their yearly music night, opening until late, and with artists like Tapete Records’ Jack Beauregard, Hufschlag&Braun and Colonian Burlesque group The Pepperellas performing between shoe shelves and clothes stacks.


This year’s edition of c/o Pop and its off program included further performances by the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble and the Berlin DJ duo Sick Girls, the Canadian shooting stars Austra, German indie rock bands Sizarr, Beat! Beat! Beat!, MIT and Wir sind Helden, singer/songwriter Philipp Poisel, as well as DJ sets of several c/o pop artists including Owen Pallett and Sizarr, readings by music television legends Steve Blame and Markus Kavka, and many, many more performances, readings and conferences on the actual state and the future of the creative industries.

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