First news leaked about a Public Day at the trade show, a festival that is not linked to the trade show and an amateur conference.
Messe Berlin always assured they wanted to maintain the trade show. And this is hat they’ll do. Only this. After Popkomm decided to move off the Messe halls into the city, The Station was booked as the perfect location. But it seems, that this venue, that was already booked for 2009 is out of the race now in favour of the former airield of Templhof. The new move is kind of inapprehensible if you know that the booking fee for 2009 was already paid.
The fair will happen Wednesday to Friday, as usual with the Friday to be open to – YEAH – open to the public again! So you export bureaus, bring loads of pens, stickers and give aways with you. And bear in mind – the new director of Popkomm was running YOU, a ringtone and pimple cream event before – so he’ll have a biased access to certain public.
‘I don’t intend us to be held as martyrs for the good cause. But – anyone, please try to keep above facts in mind when comparing a2n to other conventions and conferences. Martyr? Erm, no, but no thanks. I’m not into carrying wooden crosses… I’m very much into having 10 weeks of freaking fun and getting to know a whole bunch of fabulous people!’
No doubt about that, but how will these guys be able to find international keynote speakers like Popkomm did with Wim Wenders, Robin Gibb, Peter Jenner, Billy Bragg, Carl Leighton Pope, Lou Pearlman, just to name a few.
Also Popkomm already had started a closed door think tank thingy, that was highly appreciated amongst all the participating industries. I spent quite a lot of time thinking why Messe Berlin quit all this to now restart it on amateur level…
will take place friday to sunday. Correct – this means it will be focused on the public, and not on the companies that travel around the globe to deal music. Insiders spread the word, Berlin based agency Melt Booking, subsidiary of music magazine INTRO, and organizer of Melt Festival will be in charge of the Berlin Music Week festival. I see that an agency that organises one, not to say, the hottest festival in Germany will do the booking, this will end in a great club festival. No doubt. But how will such an agency deal with the demands the trade show and conference organisers have towards the festival. Does it make any sens to unlink this three sectors that are so interactive?
But that’s not all…
Messe Berlins CEO Göke asserted the reason for postponing Popkomm was that Universal and Sony Music both wanted to occupy the same stand space. To avoid to treat one of the competitors preferentially and maybe loose one exhibitor as a result, the whole event was skipped. The official version was that Popkomm was suffering from an 80% (!) drop in applications in 2009. Do you really believe this number?
And if you read both arguments in a row it sounds like any reason would have been welcome and fit. Being that well informed about what happens in his own company, Mr. Göke was rewarded by being reelected as CEO and a raise in his salary from 300K EUR to 400K, plus bonuses.
But the farce is just gaining momentum.
Now comes Dieter Gorny, head of the German ifpi, again. In an interview with dpa he lamented his Association has not been asked and is therefore not involved in the planning of Berlin Music Week. Well he was involved in postponing the event, and now he is out? Erm…
But at the same time he says, Germany needs an international event including an international Think Tank and international keynotes. As far as I remember, this already existed and happened. Or do the former manager of The Who and Pink Floyd, the president of CISAC Robin Gibb, not suit you well? Or are you just planing to bring Popkomm back to Collogne?
Popkomm seems to be cursed to be on a downward spiral