Whether underground or old music, electronic sounds or grand opera: The music scene plays a major role in Cologne’s urbane atmosphere – and is an important part of the creative economy.
For fans of old and new music, Cologne is one of the most important cities of all thanks to the many well-known artists and events there. The Oper Köln and the Kölner Philharmonie, in which world-famous artists accept guest roles, also have excellent reputations.
International pop stars, including Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac and U2, are attracted to the LANXESS arena, which accommodates an audience of around 22,000. No less popular amongst artists and fans are the many locations which specialise in jazz, pop and club culture outside the mainstream – on stage and behind the turntables.
A large selection of highly interesting festivals covering all genres completes the live programme. All this is complemented by record shops and record labels with international appeal, for instance a-musik and Kompakt.
And to guarantee that the music never stops, the Rhine metropolis also ensures training is provided for up-and-coming talents.