2011 The first time
What would a style-conscious and at the same time very exciting pop festival look like? This consideration formed the cornerstone for an experiment in fall 2011. The name: New Fall Festival. The intention: special artists, dignified setting, sophisticated sound. The locations: Tonhalle Düsseldorf, symphony hall and former planetarium, and Robert-Schumann-Saal, in-house concert hall of Museum Kunstpalast.
More than 4500 visitors from from all age groups came to the festival premiere.
In this very intimate setting, there were moments in which the boundaries between artists and audience seemed to be dissolved: Jens Lekman wandered unplugged and accompanied by standing ovations through Robert-Schumann-Saal, Ólafur Arnalds moved the audience with chamber pop in a rain of soap bubbles, and German reggae star Gentleman was not allowed to leave the stage of Tonhalle before ending his exclusive acoustic set with three encores. Also artists like Nouvelle Vague, Junip or Agnes Obel delighted the Düsseldorf audience and let the boundaries between classical and pop music become blurred.
Gentleman, NOUVELLE VAGUE, Junip, Jens Lekman, Jochen Distelmeyer, Agnes Obel, Ólafur Arnalds, Scott Matthew, Plaid, James Yuill, Natty, Cloud Boat, Edda Magnason, Isbells