Musikmesse 2022 Dates Confirmed, Plus New Expanded Show Focus

Michael Raine
August 18, 2021

It has been confirmed that the next Musikmesse in Germany will take place from April 29 to May 1, 2022.

With a new, audience-oriented sequence of days (Friday to Sunday), Messe Frankfurt says it's underlining the path it has already taken in previous years. In this way, the event wants to open itself up more than before to people interested in music and musicians of all proficiency levels. In terms of content, Musikmesse 2022 will also focus on new themes that go beyond the presentation of musical instruments and accessories. In this context, the Musikmesse Festival (April 28 to May 1) and the Musikmesse Plaza (April 30 to May 1) will also enter a new round.

"As hard as the crisis has been felt in the music and event industry, we are going full steam ahead to lead Musikmesse into a successful future," says Wolfgang Weyand, Director Musikmesse and Festival. "Against the backdrop of the upheaval in the instrument trade and the continuing tense market situation overall, there is no question that this will also require adjustments to the trade fair concept in the future. We are focusing on music and the social significance of making music - now more than ever! At the same time, we are open to new impulses and invite all market participants to approach us with their wishes and ideas. Together, we want to celebrate a festival of music, as the sector deserves after many months of lean times."

Musikmesse as a creative hotspot

In 2022, Musikmesse will continue to give companies of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to present their products — from key players to small manufactories. It continues to appeal to international professionals from the trade and distribution sectors and is also open to all music enthusiasts who want to find out about new products on the market.

One main focus for 2022 is the expansion of the product portfolio: In addition to musical instruments and sheet music, the fair will also give a platform to emerging market segments such as musical apps, smart and virtual instruments, AI-supported music production and digital label and artist solutions. As a supporting pillar of the event, the area of music education will also be expanded.

In addition, congress content is planned for industry players from the cultural and creative industries. Messe Frankfurt wants to address not only musicians and authors, but also content developers, publishing experts, business developers, multipliers and influencers, thus giving the Musikmesse the character of a creative hotspot.

On Friday, April 29, Musikmesse will be held parallel to Prolight + Sound, the international trade fair for entertainment technology.

Musikmesse Plaza with direct sales and a high experiential character

Musikmesse Plaza bundles content for an experience-oriented target group, ranging from ambitious musicians, collectors and instrument lovers to fans, newcomers and families. It opens as a complement to the Musikmesse on Saturday and Sunday.

Exhibitors at Musikmesse Plaza have the opportunity to reach end customers in a targeted manner and sell their products directly. The spectrum includes instruments to try out, sound carriers, merchandise, lifestyle articles and much more.

An attractive entertainment programme with workshops, meet and greets, interactive music events and concerts makes Musikmesse Plaza an attraction for everyone who loves and lives music.

Musikmesse Festival: Frankfurt celebrates the restart

After a long freeze on events, the sector is hoping for an explosion in demand for concerts and events. Messe Frankfurt wants to pick up on this development and make up for the "small anniversary" with the 5th edition of the Musikmesse Festival.

To this end, cooperation with event organizers, venues and other partners is again planned in order to bring the whole of Frankfurt to life for four days. The festival is also an attractive option for exhibiting companies at Musikmesse to present their brands to the general public in an event-oriented context.

Further details on the concept of the four-day musical experience will follow shortly.

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Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.