Soap & Skin at the c/o pop Festival in Cologne
For the ninth time the c/o pop festival 2012 is set to send Cologne into a pop cultural frenzy. The international music festival will take place from the 20th – 24th of June with five days of exceptional musical entertainment by superstars and rising stars, heroes of the international scene and national newcomers. The festival will play out in over 20 venues and involve more than 50 shows. As always, the line up is strikingly international, featuring bands from more than 15 countries. With artists including Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Nicolas Jaar, Kakkmaddafakka, Dillon, Tim Bendzko, Katzenjammer, Palais Schaumburg and Prinzhorn Dance School, the festival remains true to its motto and brings various musical styles together under the c/o pop umbrella.
Amongst many big names in the music industry, this year the c/o pop festival will also feature one of Austria’s finest exports Soap&Skin as a headliner. Once celebrated as the great hope of the local Austrian pop scene, the singer-songwriter has long made a name for herself on an international level. The much acclaimed debut album “Lovetune For Vacuum”, which was released in 2009, struck like a bomb and opened the doors to international recognition. Concerts in prestigious houses of great cities, invitations to major international festivals underline her exclusivity. In recent years it has become a little quieter around the extraordinary musician. With the currently released mini album “Narrow” (Play It Again Sam), Soap&Skin is back in an utmost impressive manner.
Soap&Skin’s presence on stage is a challenging as oppressive event, a spectacle of the most intense kind, a force of nature, which breaks in unexpectedly and takes your breath away. She acts as an all-encompassing power that, like a black hole that sucks up all matter and all the light in itself, accumulates the energy and attention of the audience to an extremely emotionally dense atmosphere. Nobody leaves untouched from a concert by the 21-year-old. The Styrian-born is surrounded by never revelatory secrets. Her music creeps in from a distance and despite sharing her innermost soul with the audience, it seems as if she actually gives away very little. Nevertheless, “Narrow” is probably the most personal statement of the Styrian-native. Music connoisseurs can certainly look forward to a memorable concert at the Philharmonie in Cologne to close this year’s c/ o pop festival.