XI. AMPHI FESTIVAL 2015
25. & 26.07.2015 – Cologne | AMPHI EVENTPARK
Dear Amphi Fans,
It is the most debated topic of the hour and it is not a rumour! After the 10th anniversary 2014 the time has come for the AMPHI FESTIVAL to open a new chapter. With a relocation of only a few hundred meters, the Amphi Eventpark (which includes the awesome Lanxess Arena), has been created exclusively for us and awaits us all on 25. & 26. July 2015, to provide sheer Amphi feeling.
Obviously we can´t wait to explain the reasons behind the decision to move the festival to another venue and to introduce the company of new possibilities that follows along in detail.
THE AMPHI FESTIVAL MOVES ON – WE FOLLOW!
Ever since the premiere of the Amphi Festival, which started at the Amphi Theater in Gelsenkirchen, we wanted us as a promoter to be measured by the capability to keep established qualities, resolve criticism and to offer the best festival experience possible. Moving over to the Amphi Eventpark opens up a large number of advantages.
First of all, the Lanxess Arena will be the impressive new centerpiece of the festival. Unaffected by all weather conditions, the fully air-conditioned arena not just offers space for all visitors, the clear sight on the stage, either on the center floor or the lavishly seated upper ranks, is simply phenomenal. For the first time since 2005 it is possible to do headliner shows past the mark of 10:00 pm, always with the free choice to either charge into the moshpit or to enjoy the show relaxed from a seat of your favour. How can a festival experience be more convenient than that! Especially in comparison with the Staatenhaus which obviously had gotten long in the tooth lately.
Apart from the plans to turn the Staatenhaus into a musical theater, the city of Cologne pursues for several years now, it were the severe structural shortcomings of the complex, which also prevented us from future festival activities in that venue after the year 2014. Even among you criticism of the Staatenhaus got massive this time. Especially concerning the acoustic, atmosphere, admission situation and the climatic conditions we simply had to act this time. That´s why we decided to push the big wheel and give you the Lanxess Arena. One of Europe’s, biggest, most modern and sophisticated venues to date.
The outdoor area of the Amphi Eventpark, which spans the entire surrounding of the arena, contains our re-imagined open-air stage with many additional live-acts, plus chill-out areas, the merchant gallery and a few surprises that shall sustain the open-air character of the Amphi Festival.
The Amphi café, many of you came to enjoy over the past years, will also return in the unique atmosphere of the so-called „Henkelmännchen“, which includes the after-show parties at night. Fans of the Theater stage will come to enjoy artists of special interest, readings and talks at the „Magistrale“, inside the Cologne City House nearby.
In many regards the Amphi Festival will return to its roots in 2015 and combine them with the experience and conveniences of the last 10 years. We even addressed some heavily criticised topics, that were impossible to eliminate in the past. First and foremost this concerns the pricing and choice of the gastronomical offer.
With the company behind the Amphi Eventpark we succeeded to negotiate a notably more affordable pricing for all drinks. In addition to that the gastronomical variety will be expanded with over 60 food stations in and around the arena. Of course the popular free drinking-water fountains will stay part of the open-air area.
Gone are the entry-queues and admission-stops at the Staatenhaus. More than a dozen gateways ensure a smooth transition from the arena to the open-air section of the Amphi Eventpark. More space to saunter or to start an extended shopping tour plus seated areas for meet-ups and conversations with friends contribute to the relaxed character of the festival.
Even the traffic connections show a number of obvious improvements. Thanks to the parking garages and subterranean garages directly at the Amphi Eventpark, you will only have to walk a few leaps and you´re on the festivalground. Actually you even won´t have to adjust your journey habits much. The well-known Deutzer Bahnhof (Deutz station) is equally located directly in the vicinity of the Amphi-Eventpark, as the Deutz-Mülheimer Straße or various bus- and tram-stops. From those you´ll reach the main station or the old city with the famous Cologne Cathedral quickly.
It was important for us to preserve the friendly and familiar atmosphere you enjoyed so far. From our annual polls we know what concerns you and what your wishes are. With the relocation we tried to pay justice to most of your proposals and suggestions and we are very satisfied with the result.
„DAS AMPHI FESTIVAL ZIEHT UM – WIR ZIEHEN MIT!“ (“The Amphi Festival moves on – we follow“), is the tagline for 2015 and we can´t wait for the time you´ll finally get the chance to convince yourself in person of the advantages the Amphi Eventpark has up its sleeve.
FIRST CONFIRMED BANDS FOR 2015
Stroke upon stroke, we continue directly with the first band announcement for 2015. With this line-up you should quickly familiarize with the new venue and enjoy the electricity in the air, when VNV NATION and many others will rock the arena. Also it is the genuine wish of FRONT 242 to apologize with an incredible fulltime show for the technical issues they encountered at this year´s Amphi Festival.
VNV NATION – FRONT 242 – THE MISSION -
DIARY OF DREAMS – OOMPH! – DAF – GOETHES ERBEN – AGONOIZE -
SAMSAS TRAUM – WELLE:ERDBALL – THE CRÜXSHADOWS – [:SITD:] – DAS ICH -
WESSELSKY – ZERAPHINE – NEUROTICFISH – DIORAMA – QNTAL – S.P.O.C.K. -
STAHLMANN – RABIA SORDA – CHROM – DARKHAUS – CENTHRON – SCHÖNGEIST -
PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF + many other artists + supporting programme
CALL THE SHIP 2 PORT – THE EXCLUSIVE OPENING EVENT 2015
Good news for all fans of our opening event „CALL THE SHIP 2 PORT“ and everybody who missed the tickets last time: the MS RheinEnergie will return in 2015! Right now we are already working on the line-up and the contents for the premium box. As soon as all things are settled, we will reveal the new premium package to you. Expect the announcement and pre-sale start in September. Be alert: you will certainly have to decide quickly, as last time all tickets were sold out in only 72 hours. We don´t want to push it but there is a slight chance it might happen again.
In that regard it has to be underlined that the sister/final event „CALL THE SHIP 2 NIGHT“ 2014 was indeed a 10th anniversary special and will not become a permanent commodity. 2015 we will definitely have one ship event – on Friday, 24. July 2015, aboard the MS RheinEnergie!
Your Amphi Team
„Amphi moves on – we follow!“