Can’t believe that “Rock am See” is over? Looking for something else? Then how about the Campus Festival, which takes place on university grounds? Two days’ worth of live music from the hottest bands, great atmosphere included.
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In June up to 50,000 fans head to the cosy village Neuhausen ob Eck, about one hour away from Konstanz. For Lake Constance standards it is an extremely cool alternative line-up for 219 euros (three-day ticket). At the cult-like St. Gallen Openair festival, which is also an hour away by car, you can groove to the music of well-known reggae, hip hop, rock and electronic music in the Sitter river valley near the city.
As a fixed address in the tour calendars of many national and international bands, the ‚Kulturladen‘ also lets up-and-coming bands play. Several thousand people come to the city garden for the Open See festival, which is open air and for free. The ‚Kulturladen‘ also organises other events, such as a singer / songwriter festival. On the stage of the small, but cool ‚Kantine‘ in the ‚Neuwerk‘ you can enjoy DJ acts and smaller bands.
Last minute student tickets for five euros! Those who arrive 15 minutes before the concert begins, receive the best available seats (otherwise, individual tickets cost much more). The symphony orchestra, which has even performed with Anna Netrebko, plays around 100 concerts per year, and is one of the best known in southern Germany. They play in Konstanz (usually in the Konzil building) and in Kreuzlingen (Dreispitz concert hall).
The Dreispitz, a sports and cultural centre, is a versatile event location and it absolutely pays off to check their homepage and pay attention to the posters, especially as this gem of local culture is situated directly next to the PHTG.
Often sensational soloists give a guest performance here with the south-west German philharmonic orchestra, which is usually based in Konstanz. The varied programme spans from opera performances to frequent guest performances of regional theatre groups, and sometimes hall flea markets.
The world knows the festival on the other end of the lake above all because James Bond pulled out his gun here in 2008. The real thrill in Bregenz is the outdoor opera (July to August) on the world’s largest lake stage in front of several thousand spectators. If it rains, the show goes on inside, although there are considerably fewer spaces inside the festival hall than outside. Bregenz can easily be reached by ship, but you should allow for enough time for the journey there and back.
The university choir and university orchestra will stimulate your senses outside the seminar rooms – practice a challenging repertoire and perform abroad.
Friends of Jazz will have a ball at the Konstanz Jazz Autumn or at „Jazz Downtown“, where around 25 bands perform in as many localities. Enjoy with a glass of red wine and candlelight or with a beer and cigarette, you decide.
Radio without nonsense? Turn on FM4 on frequency 102.1 or go online. What to expect? Music and humour beyond the mainstream and news in English. You can make internet radio at the university: The »Uniradio Knatterton« welcomes you not just as listeners. Even the well-known internet join-in radio »laut.fm« is produced in Konstanz.
Do-it-yourself rocks: The Schlachthof Sound Orchestra (SOS) of the HTWG will get your fingers snapping. It is popular around the region and is rearranged every semester (room FK 11). The Big Band of the university grooves every week in room E404. Both are directed by professionals.