From August 29th until September 2nd the c/o pop Festival 2018 will bring you a carefully curated program – somewhere between Emo-Grunge from Flensburg and Korean-American Hip-House-Cloud-Rap. Alongside well known German artists like Beginner and Samy Deluxe we also know that a couple of up-and-coming Austrian acts will take the stage in Cologne.

WANDL, DIVES and CARI CARI have already been announced as well as GRANADA, Vienna based rap artist EBOW, Tanja Frinta´s new project LOMBOY and a Staatsakt label night feat. ANDREAS SPECHTL.

As in the past, the 15th edition of c/o pop Festival will take place all over Cologne and the festival headquarters in Stadtgarten. The collection of showcases, open-airs and club nights is a perfect opportunity to discover up-and-coming acts and stars from Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world. While the c/o Pop Festival features national and international newcomers, the c/o Pop Convention focuses on music, innovation and networking.



The young Vienna-resident Wandl developed into one of the most progressive and interesting european producers in recent years. His longplay-debut „It’s All Good Tho“ brings his take on melodic vocals and experimental, bass driven instrumentals to the fore. His EPs “Milk”, “Soon” and his Affine-debut „Far Way Home“ stretch out his personal vision of brainfeeder-nerdism and state of the art bedroom-soul. On “It’s All Good Tho” he plays almost all the instruments, channels his vocals through machines, alienates and exposes them – and he’s not shy of monumental hooks.


Dives (c) Anna Breit

The Viennese underground has been shaken up by the surf sound of DIVES ever since Dora De Goederen, Tamara Leichtfried and Viktoria Kirner first met at the Austrian Girls Rock Camp in 2016. In spring 2017 they recorded their self-titled debut with the help of Austrian musician and producer Wolfgang Möstl (Mile Me Deaf, Sex Jams, Clara Luzia, Melt Downer). The result was released on Siluh Records in fall 2017 and has helped make DIVES a fixpoint in the Austrian indie scene.

Cari Cari

Cari Cari © Christoph Liebentritt
Cari Cari © Christoph Liebentritt

Not many bands manage to hit the international stage from the very beginning. But CARI CARI – aptly named the “lovechild of The XX and The Kills“ – did just that: first taking on the world and then Austria. Their single “White Line Fever” was licensed for the series “Shameless”, they have done a no-budget tour of Australia and their songs have been praised in blogs and online magazines across the planet. The band also recently won the first ever XA Export Award at Waves Vienna Festival.


Granada © Carina Antl

What started out as a soundtrack project for the Austrian movie “Planet Ottakring”, eventually evolved into an independent music project and now to a festival headliner. Their songs have several million plays on YouTube and Spotify. They were nominated for two Amadeus Austrian Music Awards and are played in heavy rotation on German-language radio stations. On the 22nd of June 2018 the second album “Ge bitte!” was released by Karmarama/Sony. It shows that Granada have remained true to themselves both stylistically and lyrically – you can also hear that they have matured.

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