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2019 Retrospective

in 2019 we returned to the Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim,  the venue that has been a good home to us since 2013. On October 18. & 19 we invited 8 great artists to celebrate an unforgettable Week-End with. The artists were  Tirzah, Sun Ra Arkestra, Fred Frith, Eiko Ishibashi, Lafawndah,Arthur Verocai & Orchestra, Scientist und Emerson Kitamura & mmm . Check out our "retrospective" video here. (Photo of Marshall Allen by Frederike Wetzels)

Egan Frantz

The artwork for Week-End Fest 2019 was exclusively created by Egan Frantz. The post conceptional artist lives and works in New York and Connecticut and also performs with minimal electronics girl/boy duo Xeno & Oaklander. His parents are Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads an Tom Tom Club. (Photo taken by Thomas Weidenhaupt)

Shintaro Sakamoto 7"

Tokyo´s  Shintaro Sakamoto, who has played his first ever band show at Week-End Fest back in 2017 has released a brand new limited edition 7" single. The Song "Boat" is his first new song in 3 years. The B-Side is "Dear Future Person" which he originally wrote for Cornelius. We had the chance to grab a very few copies from him. Available exclusively for Europe only at our Week-End Shop.

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Week-End Mixtape
#16 The Sun Ra Arkestra

The work of Herman Poole Blount, better known as Sun Ra, and his Arkestra encompasses an entire solar system of challenging and outstanding music. Even the most dedicated of jazz fans can quickly become “lost in space” in this huge body of work. So what could be better than an experienced space traveler, or two, to take you on a trip to the most beautiful spots in Ra’s “Omniverse”? Saxophonists Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott have put together five of their favorite compositions by their bandleader, who has himself been traveling other worlds since 1993, for the Week-End Mixtape series. While Arkestra leader Allen mainly focuses on the period in the late 1970s when Sun Ra was probably closer than ever to “spiritual jazz”, Scott goes back to the 1950s when Ra’s music was still clearly anchored in the big-band and rhythm-and-blues tradition.

“My selections also reflect my love of John Gilmore as a musician and a mentor. Notwithstanding that my introduction over the last twenty years has come from Marshall Allen. ‘Jazz in Silhouette’ was my introduction to the music of Sun Ra and it will always be my favorite Sun Ra album.” (Knoel Scott, Sun Ra Arkestra, April 2020)

As a bonus track, Scott has chosen a song that seems particularly fitting in the current crisis.

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Retrospective

"This festival is a family affair. This festival is a labour of love."

DEVENDRA BANHART

"I'm very happy that we played our first ever show in Cologne"

SHINTARO SAKAMOTO

"Thanks for a great night!"

JARVIS COCKER

"We had a fantastic time at Week-End Fest"

MARK E. SMITH

"I cannot wait to see ESG!"

KATE TEMPEST

"I'm very happy that we played our first ever show in Cologne"

SHINTARO SAKAMOTO

"The Festival looks great! A beautiful theater as well"

DAVID BYRNE

"The festival is A one-of-a-kind event""

ROBERT FORSTER

"I've met a lot of very kind people while i've been here."

JULIE BYRNE

"I’m not a fan of festivals. It felt like a real gig, not a side show"

BILLY CHILDISH

"A great and diverse line-up!"

DERADOORIAN

"What a crazy night!!! Meeting Scientist was such a blessing."

LAFAWNDAH

"Great hospitality and a fantastic lineup"

FRED FRITH

"One of the most fantastic festivals"

RENEE SCROGGINS (ESG)

"I cannot wait to see ESG!"

KATE TEMPEST

"This Festival has a great program!"

STEPHEN MALKMUS

"It was so good to perform at Week-End Festival in Cologne!"

ARTHUR VEROCAI

"Next year is going to be even more insane."

THURSTON MOORE

"We had a fantastic time at Week-End Fest"

MARK E. SMITH

"Thanks for a great night!"

JARVIS COCKER

"I'm very happy that we played our first ever show in Cologne"

SHINTARO SAKAMOTO

"This festival is a family affair. This festival is a labour of love."

DEVENDRA BANHART

"One of the most fantastic festivals"

RENEE SCROGGINS (ESG)

"This Festival has a great program!"

STEPHEN MALKMUS

"We had a fantastic time at Week-End Fest"

MARK E. SMITH

"Great hospitality and a fantastic lineup"

FRED FRITH

"It was so good to perform at Week-End Festival in Cologne!"

ARTHUR VEROCAI

"This festival is a family affair. This festival is a labour of love."

DEVENDRA BANHART

"The Festival looks great! A beautiful theater as well"

DAVID BYRNE

"The festival is A one-of-a-kind event""

ROBERT FORSTER

"I've met a lot of very kind people while i've been here."

JULIE BYRNE

"I’m not a fan of festivals. It felt like a real gig, not a side show"

BILLY CHILDISH

"A great and diverse line-up!"

DERADOORIAN

"What a crazy night!!! Meeting Scientist was such a blessing."

LAFAWNDAH

"Next year is going to be even more insane."

THURSTON MOORE

"Thanks for a great night!"

JARVIS COCKER