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gamescom city festival 2016: A city celebrates the games


  • Joris, Max Giesinger, Wirtz and more surprise guests as top acts on main stage of the gamescom city festival
  • Expansion of the stage locations Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz and Hohenzollernring by the place at the Apostelnkloster
  • Premiere: the Red Bull tour bus complements music programme
  • Record: Street Food Market with over 40 suppliers takes care of a wide and manifold culinary supporting programme in even bigger dimensions
  • Strong commitment: offers for kids and young families

Games, music, street food and entertainment: Once more, the gamescom city festival 2016 from August 19 to 21 offers Cologne citizens and gamescom guests from all over the world an attractive programme in the heart of the city Cologne. On four stages at Hohenzollernring, Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz and for the first time at the space at the Apostelnkloster, national and international artists will perform and offer musical entertainment of the highest level. The gamescom city festival, which is free, is not only for music fans: A Street Food Market, gaming stations for kids and the participation of more cooperation partners offer great entertainment.

For now, some of the top acts are still secret and can only be announced shortly before the beginning of the festival, but a little foretaste can be given already.

Friday, August 19

On the stage at Hohenzollernring, German singer-songwriter ‘Max Giesinger’ will perform  his famous EURO 2016 hymn. . Besides the song ›80 Millionen‹ (80 million) his second album ‘Der Junge, der rennt’ (The boy, who runs) has to offer even more great songs. Furthermore, another highlight at the stage between Rudolfplatz and Friesenplatz awaits the visitors: ‘Joris’, two time Echo-winner, presents smart and at the same time demanding melodies, sang by an incredibly expressive and unique voice touching the heart right away. He became famous in 2015 with his song ›Herz über Kopf‹ (heart over head) and hit the ground running since then. ‘Valentine Mér’ will also take care of musical entertainment on the first festival day.

Saturday, August 20

One of the top acts on the festival Saturday is ‘Nahko & Medicine For The People’. After playing sold-out shows in January Nahko Bear & Co. come back to Germany for more shows in August, inter alia the gamescom city festival. ‘Abay’ is also listed in the festival programme on August 20. In the evening a very special guest will perform. Who? This will be announced soon.

Sunday, August 21

On the last day of the gamescom city festival visitors can look forward to ‘WIRTZ’. Since the summer of 2015 at the latest WIRTZ is definitely one of the most successful German-speaking musicians. With his album ‘Auf die Plätze, fertig, los’ (On your mark, get set, go) he earned rank 6 in the album charts. He became popular through the tv show ‘Sing meinen Song’ (sing my song) as well as being support at the big tour of Udo Lindenberg. The ‘Sunset Sons’ will also perform on Sunday. The four guys, three Brits and one Australian, play together for three years now. Ever since, they performed at various international festivals such as the German festivals Hurricane, Southside and the ‘Reeperbahn Festival’. The last day also closes with a famous headliner, which will be announced soon.

Acquire a taste: the Street Food Market

It doesn’t matter if you like meat or fish, vegan or vegetarian, sweet or sour food: This year’s Street Food Market during gamescom city festival offers culinary delights from all over the world. With over 40 suppliers the offer in 2016 reaches a new scale: It will be Germanys biggest Street Food Market.

City Streed Food, Rudolfplatz-Ost, gamescom city festival
City Streed Food, Rudolfplatz-Ost, gamescom city festival

Great entertainment for all ages

Super RTL, a German tv station, will present their ToggoTour on Saturday and Sunday, which is especially popular among young families. VW will enrich the festival programme with their impressive entertaining stagings at Rudolfplatz.

For the first time Red Bull will stop by with their prominent Red Bull Tourbus Station. At the square at Apostelnkloster in the middle of the culinary market, Red Bull will create a chill out atmosphere with their singer-songwriter programme at the three evenings.

Find more information and updates on the gamescom city festival 2016 on our website in the section ‚events‘.