It's time to get your groove on in Cologne this summer, with great live music all around town. And don't miss out on the annual Summer Jam Festival.
Cologne is one of Germany’s most laid-back, fun-loving cities. Get in the right mood with oompah band cruises down the Rhine, or visit the packed Brauhaus’ serving lashings of delicious Kölsch beer. The people here really know how to party.
Reggae and hip hop
When it comes to music in this city, the party doesn’t get much bigger than the annual Summer Jam Fest. Europe’s biggest reggae festival happens in July every year at the Fühlinger See, a lake with islands to the north west of Cologne. The music stages and a couple of smaller tents set up residence on the islands, while revellers fill up the campsite on the surrounding lake-side. This year the festival opens up its stage to not only reggae but also hip hop artists. With many different genres playing at the same time across the green, red and yellow stages there is something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for some big reggae beats or funky hip hop tunes, you can enjoy both. Summer Jam Fest tickets are available to buy online. They do sell out quickly so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne is a 20 minute drive from the Fühlinger See and makes a great base from which to discover the city's musical highlight.
Live music in Cologne
If you are in town for the summer, take advantage of more great live music during your stay. There is always plenty going on in Cologne. Try the Blue Note for live bands of all genres and sets by enthusiastic resident DJs. There are two floors of music both with bars and word has it, some obscure beers, which is a major draw in a city focused around beer.
Another popular venue is the aptly named Live Music Hall. This former factory is now a popular nightclub with a beer garden and a hot food van on standby for hungry punters to snap up anything from a currywurst to coffee. The German’s love their snack vans and although these aren’t the most fancy food venues you’ll find some great local treats. These are often mixed in with exotic flavours, and whilst waiting for your food there is plenty of opportunity to chat with the locals.
To find out about other happenings around the city check out the web site Live in Cologne. It has an updated guide on live events throughout the city. This also includes Jazz concerts, stand-up comedy shows and karaoke bars where you might be the entertainment.
Which music event do you want to explore in Cologne?