Bad Honnef: Bonn organizer is planning six concerts on Grafenwerth Island


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Ernst-Ludwig Hartz, the creator of Bonn’s “Art! Lawn”, spoke on Wednesday of a “stroke of luck” and a “great location”: He meant the island of Grafenwerth, to which, as the organizer, he was going to attract around 3800 spectators in the summer of 2019. Baez concert lured. Hartz has already wanted to repeat an open-air event in the form of a series of concerts after the successful “test concert” (Mayor Otto Neuhoff), but in 2020 and 2021 the corona pandemic thwarted his plans.

Two blocks with a total of at least six concerts planned

So now the third attempt: At the beginning of June and beginning of July 2022, the concert agency E.-L. Hartz promotion in two blocks at least six concerts, which could also be eight, as Hartz said on Wednesday at the program presentation. Albert Hammond is not there, who should actually also come to Bad Honnef in 2020 and 2021, but who, according to Hartz, canceled his concerts for health reasons.

There will be a world premiere with the multi-media show “The Alpha Experience” by Uli Jon Roth. The performer, guitarist and composer will meet the violinist Nigel Kennedy and combine “European classical music from Bach to Beethoven, from Puccini to Vivaldi with highlights of rock history” in his crossover event.

Patti Smith comes to the concert and the Beethoven Prize

Andreas Vollenweider (harp) will go on “sound journeys” with the drummer Walter Keizer and the cellist Isabel Gehweiler. Patti Smith, “one of the great icons of rock music, but also of literature” (Hartz), is now to appear on the island for the third time with her band and will receive the 6th International Beethoven Prize on the day of the concert, which she will actually receive in 2020 should get.

New to the program is the French singer Zaz, who has just released her fifth album with “Isa” and is repeatedly compared to artists like Edith Piaf or Ella Fitzgerald. Hartz promises an “energetic show”. After all, Pink Floyd founding member Nick Mason is coming to the island for a one-off open-air concert in addition to his hall tour, according to Hartz. According to the organizer, “Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets” will continue to expand their repertoire on the 2022 tour, but will also play songs from Pink Floyd’s early albums.

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Mayor Neuhoff hopes that Bad Honnef will be better known

He admires the courage and confidence with which Hartz is now planning his concerts for the third time, said Otto Neuhoff, who hopes that the city of Bad Honnef will be better known thanks to the internationally known artists. If the mayor has his way, the island festival becomes a regular event.

And Corona? Hartz agreed to organize the concerts with around 3500 seats under the then applicable rules, be it 2G or 2G +. And Otto Neuhoff used the program presentation to appeal to the government to finally lead again. The discussion about compulsory vaccination came too late. But: “We are all confident that in summer we will be in a situation in which people can look forward to culture, concerts and encounters again.”

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