At Frankfurt Musikmesse, visitors make music and listen

By MICHAEL ABRAMS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 7, 2016

FRANKFURT, Germany — The Musikmesse, one of the largest international trade shows for music with 1,100 exhibitors from around the world, opened its doors at the Frankfurt fairgrounds Thursday.

Everything from musical instruments to disc jockey turntables to just about anything needed to produce digital music, is on display through Sunday.

Visitors can try out electronic keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars and basses, percussion instruments, violins, cellos, brass, woodwinds, grand pianos and an assortment of other instruments.

There are also various workshops offered.Check out the Drumcamp in hall 11.0, or if spinning records is more your thing, head to Club Forum in hall 9.1 and watch the DJs do their thing.

Besides the hands-on experience there is plenty to hear at the Musikmesse. On three stages — two outdoors, one indoors — all styles of music are being played. There are also musical demonstrations at some of the exhibitors’ stands.

Frankfurt is the music capital of Germany this weekend with concerts spread throughout the city, many of them free with a Musikmesse ticket. The highlight is the Sunday evening concert by jazz legend Al Jarreau. For a full schedule of concerts go to musikmesse-festival.net.

So if you want to be a rock and roll star or maybe the next Skrillex, the Musikmesse is the place to check out the equipment you need.

If you go:

The Musikmesse at the Frankfurt fairgrounds is open through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Follow signs to “Messe” that will bring you to the Rebstock car park. Shuttle busses take you to the fairground.

Tickets for adults can be bought on the web at musik.messefrankfurt.com. Click for English then, click on “for Visitors,” then scroll down to the ticket link. Admission via the web is 25 euros on Friday, 20 euros on Saturday or Sunday or 25 euros for Saturday and Sunday. At the box office it is more expensive. Admission for children ages 6 to 14 is eight euros, and for Saturday or Sunday there is a family ticket (two adults and up to three children) for 30 euros or 50 euros for both days. All of these tickets can only be bought at the box office.


A disc jockey demonstrates a Denon DJ table at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, April 7, 2016.

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