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Wassermusik

Goodbye UK – and Thank You for the Music
2018, Jul 27, Fri — 2018, Aug 18, Sat

Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band | © Marc Allan

Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band | © Marc Allan

Adrian Sherwood & Little Axe | © Promo

Adrian Sherwood & Little Axe | © Promo

The Zombies | © Promo

The Zombies | © Promo

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics | © Promo

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics | © Promo

Mexrrissey | © Promo

Mexrrissey | © Promo

Jazz Jamaica | © Promo

Jazz Jamaica | © Promo

Shabaka & The Ancestors | © Leeroy Jason

Shabaka & The Ancestors | © Leeroy Jason

Bright Phoebus Revisited | © Pete Heywood

Bright Phoebus Revisited | © Pete Heywood

Kobo Town | © Paul Wright

Kobo Town | © Paul Wright

Scritti Politti | © Promo

Scritti Politti | © Promo

In 2018, Wassermusik takes the Brexit as an opportunity to pay homage to the extraordinary musical creativity that made the United Kingdom the world’s leading pop nation, alongside the US, in terms of music as well as thought, fashion, style and other concepts. Entitled Goodbye UK – and Thank You for the Music, the festival traces the “Britishness” of pop music and investigates its mode of action.

The program not only focuses on some particularly British-sounding artists of the past six decades of music history, but above all non-British musicians who say goodbye to the United Kingdom, some more, some less gratefully. Another thematic strand concerns the history of immigration, largely unknown in Germany, which brought musicians in droves to the postwar UK without whom British pop music would probably not sound as we learned to love it.

As always, the concerts will be supplemented by films, panel discussions and the Wassermarkt.

With The Zombies, Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band, Scritti Politti, Little Axe & Adrian Sherwood, Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics, Shabaka & The Ancestors, Kobo Town, Jazz Jamaica, Bright Phoebus Revisited, and many more

The past ten editions of Wassermusik dealt with themes ranging from Surf and Tiki (2008) and Deserts (2011), The New Pacific (2013) and Mother India (2015) to The Other Caribbean (2016) and in 2017, for its tenth year, celebrated itself. Wassermusik X invited the “best of” and artists the makers of Wassermusik had always wanted to engage but who were unable to take part for various reasons.

In 2018, the festival, curated by Detlef Diederichsen and Martin Hossbach, will again be held on the popular HKW roof terrace unless the weather does not allow, then in the exhibition hall.

Festival
Concerts, films, discourse

Open air on the roof terrace
Waterproof – in case of rain in the exhibition hall 1

Jul 27–Aug 18, 2018

Evening ticket (2 concerts & film)
12–18€
Festival pass: 100€
Film only 6€/4€
Children under 11 years free admission
Discussions free admission
Tickets online