Frankfurt: Musikmesse is a boisterous, melodious affair
By MICHAEL ABRAMS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 11, 2013
FRANKFURT, Germany — It is advertised as the largest trade fair of its kind in the world. If you ever aspired to be a rock star, a rapper, a disc jockey or symphony orchestra musician, the Musikmesse in Frankfurt is the place to be.
Open to the public Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, everything you need to get your career on track can be found here. Guitars, amps, microphones, keyboards, digital turntables and mixing boards are among the many items on display, as are grand pianos, woodwinds, brass and string instruments.
If you are interested in the history of rock ’n’ roll, be sure to check out the vintage guitars displayed in the foyer of hall 4.1. Here you can see rare axes of the era, including a 1960 Fender Stratocaster that sells for 24,000 euros (about $32,160) or a Gibson ES 345 that goes for 19,500 euros.
The Agora Stage, in a tent between the exhibit halls, hosts concerts all day and many exhibitors also have artists performing at their stands.
Across from the stage next to the Gibson bus, check out the hourly concerts by Compressorhead, who bill themselves as the world’s heaviest metal band. Band members Stickboy, Fingers and Bones happen to be robots.
On Friday afternoon, Musikmesse is open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds (Messe) in Frankfurt. Admission is 10 euros for adults and 5 euros for ages 6-14. Saturday it is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is 29 euros at the box office for adults and 8 euros for children.
Saturday there is a family ticket for two adults and up to three children for 35 euros at the box office only.
Adults can buy tickets online for Saturday at musik.messefrankfurt.com for 20 euros.
Visitors to the Musikmesse in Frankfurt try out Epiphone and Gibson guitars at the guitar makers' stand. The music trade fair, which is billed as the world's largest, is open to the public on Friday, Apr. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the fair grounds (Messe) in Frankfurt.
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