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A.S.S. Concerts allies with Dusseldorf’s Mehr-BB Entertainment

Hamburg-based promoter A.S.S. Concerts has opened a new branch office in Dusseldorf, in partnership with local company Mehr-BB Entertainment.

The Dusseldorf office – located at the headquarters of Mehr-BB, which specialises in promoting and producing theatrical shows – expands A.S.S.’s network beyond its headquarters in Hamburg and an existing branch office in Berlin.

According to A.S.S. Concerts, the new joint venture will organise “the best concerts in the Rhine-Ruhr market” by leveraging “the skills and capabilities of Mehr-BB Entertainment […] for marketing its own concerts and shows, as well as partners’.” Mehr operates three venues in the region: Musical Dome (1,640-cap.) in Cologne, Capitol Theater (1,750-cap.) in Dusseldorf and the Starlight Express Theatre (1,650-cap.) in Bochum.

“The Rhineland and Ruhr area is a very important location for concerts and shows in Germany”

Christian Waaga, formerly of SSC’s Rhein-Konzerte, will lead booking for the new office.

A.S.S. CEO Michael Bisping says: “NRW [North Rhine-Westphalia] and especially the Rhineland and Ruhr area is a very important location for concerts and shows in Germany, so it was only logical that after our first successful shows in Dusseldorf we would look to find a local partner.”

The company’s managing director, Dirk Gehrmann, who becomes Dusseldorf office manager, adds: “I am particularly pleased that we have found – in addition to the existing know-how of colleagues from Hamburg and Dusseldorf – an experienced staff member in the form of Christian Waaga, who is very familiar with the production of concerts and comedy events in the region.”

 


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Fee Schlennstedt named Artribute head of booking

German promoter and booking agency Artribute has appointed a new head of booking.

Fee Schlennstedt, most recently a booker at the 180-cap. Jazzclub Unterfahrt (‘Underpass’) in Munich, replaced Matthias Wendl on 1 April. Wendl had been in the role for ten years, and will continue to serve as a consultant to the Berlin-based agency.

Schlennstedt is highly regarded in the German jazz world, and her unexplained dismissal from the club last October spawned a petition demanding Fee Schlennstedt soll in der Unterfahrt bleiben! (‘Fee Schlennstedt should stay in the Unterfahrt!’)

“With Fee Schlennstedt, we have gained an excellent networker and an expert on the jazz scene”

Artribute, founded in 2001 by Björn Kloos, provides management, booking and tour promotion services to a roster that includes Snarky Puppy, Becca Stevens, Bokanté, the Pablo Held Trio and Jacob Collier.

It is a partner agency to A.S.S. Concerts, which announced the news.

A.S.S. managing director Michael Bisping says he is “convinced that Schlennstedt will be able to further expand [Artribute’s] jazz portfolio and continue to grow the company successfully”.

“With Fee Schlennstedt, we have gained an excellent networker and an expert on the [jazz] scene,” adds Kloos.

 


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