Moers Festival 2014
The 2014 moers festival is now in its 43rd year, with it comes a new purpose built venue and a star studded lineup with jazz artists attending from all around the world, this year with a special focus on Europe, USA and Brazilian acts.
Over the years many famous musicians have attended the moers festival including Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp and Fred Frith to name but a few.
Originally founded as a pure jazz festival the event has developed into a multi-genre, multi-cultural festival and now features artists from the pop, world and sometimes bluesy genres. This really is one of the hidden ‘gems’ in the jazz festival circuit. If you can make it I strongly advise you to do so.
Originally founded in 1971 by Burkhard Hennen (artistic director until 2005) the ‘International New Jazz Festival Moers’ quickly established itself as one of the most prominent national and international free jazz festivals in Europe.
During the early years, up until 1974, the festival was hosted in the paved yard of the Moerser Schloss castle. It wasn’t until the 1975 festival when the venue was changed to a nearby park to cater for the growing audience size. After a few consecutive years being hosted in the park it was clear to organisers that they would need to find somewhere even bigger to host the event. In 1958 the festival changed venue again and was now hosted in a very large marquee tent (aka the Big Top); this had remained its venue up until 2013 where due to budget constraints and the need to secure the festival for future years, the organizers decided to build a dedicated venue called the Festival Hall Moers. Update: at some point the festival was also held in an ice-rink, so I’m told…Show More History...
Continuing to think big, in 1979 the festival expanded to feature what they called ‘morning projects’, a chance for musicians to come together and express themselves in freedom of improvisation. The ‘morning projects’ have continued to this day, but now more suitably renamed ‘morning sessions’. These jam sessions are free for audiences (and artists) to attend and many of the musicians will appear in the main programme; coupled with the ‘night sessions’ and ‘concerts in the dark’ that were added in later years, all go together to provide what is now known as the Moers Fringe Festival.
The years leading up to 1985 the festival continued to grow. In 1985, seeking further expansion of the event, the African Dance Night was added to the programme. In 2005 the African Dance Night was removed from the programme, it was also this year that Burkhard Hennen passed the role of artistic director onto Reiner Michalke, who taking upon his new position, also decided to rename the festival to ‘mœrs festival’.
Since 2006 the funding provided by the local town council started to be reduced. By 2014 the funding provided for the festival was at a mere 50% of what it was.
The 2011, due to the financial crises, funds were cut from the event and the festival which had normally been hosted over 4 days was slashed to 3 days.
In 2014, thanks to a grand from the Federal Cultural Foundation, the popular Whit Monday events (the original 4th day of the fest) were put back into the programme. Also during late 2013 construction started on the new festival venue thanks to the support of the German government, who upon recognizing the international significance of the event, decided to give organizers a grant of €500,000 to convert what was once the Theaterhalle am Solimare into a dedicated and permanent venue for the moers jazz festival, the Festival Hall Moers.
A big shout out should also go out to the NRW Arts Foundation who provide much of the funding for the event.
- 2013 Festival Review by Jazz Times
- 2013 Festival Review by All About Jazz
- 2013 Review by Mike Hobart @ Ft.com
- 2008 post on moers festival
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The 2014 moers festival lineup is shown below, view the printable PDF.
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|Fri Jun 6, 2014||Sebastian Gramss' BASSMASSE|
|Fri Jun 6, 2014||Marc Ribot "Protest Songs"|
|Fri Jun 6, 2014||Han Bennink & Oscar Jan Hoogland|
|Fri Jun 6, 2014||Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana|
|Sat Jun 7, 2014||Paal Nilssen-Love "Large Unit"|
|Sat Jun 7, 2014||Joey Baron & Robyn Schulkowsky|
|Sat Jun 7, 2014||Jean Louis|
|Sat Jun 7, 2014||Orchestre National de Jazz Olivier Benoit|
|Sat Jun 7, 2014||Sjur Miljeteig Group|
|Sat Jun 7, 2014||The Sun Ra Arkestra|
|Sun Jun 8, 2014||Julia Hulsmann with Theo Bleckmann & Hayden Chrisholm|
|Sun Jun 8, 2014||Jaki Leigezeit & Marcus Schmickler|
|Sun Jun 8, 2014||Ideal Bread with Josh Sinton, Kirk Knuffke, Tomas Fujiwara a.o.|
|Sun Jun 8, 2014||The Gravity Band with Fred Frith a.o.|
|Sun Jun 8, 2014||Arto Lindsay & Paal Nilssen-Love|
|Sun Jun 8, 2014||Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz|
|Mon Jun 9, 2014||Avi Lebovich Orchestra|
|Mon Jun 9, 2014||Johanna Borchert "Wayside Wayfarer"|
|Mon Jun 9, 2014||Ava Mendoza "Unnatural Ways"|
|Mon Jun 9, 2014||Mostly Other People Do the Killing "Red Hot"|
The 2013 lineup was as follows:
MOONCHILD / TEMPLARS
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Tickets for the 2014 Moers Jazz Festival range from €20 – €120 depending on what ticket you buy and for what days…
Ticket prices 2014
General Festival ticket: €108.00 (€120.00 on the door)
Friday or Monday Day Ticket: €36.00 (€40.00 on the door)
Saturday or SundayDay Ticket: €54.00 (€60.00 on the door)
Reduced Festival ticket: €50.00
Reduced Day ticket (Friday or Monday): €20.00
Reduced Day ticket (Saturday or Sunday): €30.00
Festival Hall Moers is the new venue for the moers festival 2014. It is located approximately 2.3km walk from the Moers station.
Address: Festival Hall Moers (Festivalhalle Moers)
Filder Straße 140/Venloer Straße
Contact: Kerstin Ullrich
Phone: +49 163 – 7171436
Full information on transport and travel can be found on the Visitor Information > Getting Here page of the website.
Festival goers are free to bring their own food onto the grounds and within the festival area. There are also dedicated food stands outside the Festival Hall Moers which is open to all (including the general public). There will also be the traditional Moers Whit Market which, although smaller than previous years, will also be able to offer food and various other goods.
The closest international airport to Moers is Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS). Distance from Düsseldorf International Airport to Moers is 33 Kilometers (20 miles).
Currently 86 airlines operate from Düsseldorf International Airport, including:
Swiss (2nd Cheapest)
Lufthansa (3rd Cheapes) (Most Reliable – affiliate)
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Transport options from airport to festival venue:
Take the A 57 towards Nimwegen until you reach the Moers intersection. Come off at the exit signed Moers and turn right onto Krefelder Straße. Follow Krefelder Straße for about 1 km until a right turn takes you on Venloer Straße. After 700 meters turn right onto Filder Straße, which leads you to the moers festival site. – Source: moers festival
The cheapest hotel and accommodation options I could find in and around Moers during the moers festival (early June) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list).
*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***
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I would recommend checking Moers hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!
Note that there is IS TENT CAMPING at the moers festival even despite the change in venue.
Tent – There is ample space for all to pitch up their tent or bring their caravan to the festival. There is a reserved space for campers on what used to be the sunbathing lawn of the Solimare swimming pool, this is a small walking distance from the Festival Hall Moers (festival venue). This area has washrooms, shower facilities and is secured by manned attendants. There is no charge for camping or use of the festival facilities for ticket holders.
Caravan – There is plenty of room for caravan parking at this years festival and a special place has been reserved on the public car park at the front of the Festival Hall Moers. Car parking and camping is free for ticket holders.
A charge of €50/person is applicable for anybody wishing to camp without a ticket. Camping within the Freizeitpark is no longer permitted.
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