The Grugahalle in Essen, © Ole Löding


The char­ac­ter­ist­ic wing-shaped hall with ac­cess to the park and fair

No doubt that the "Gruga" is the pop­mys­tic­al cen­ter of the Ruhr Area. It is here where the mu­sic­al re­volu­tion took place: In septem­ber 1995, shortly after the hitsingle "(I can­'t get no) Sat­is­fac­tion" was re­leased, the Rolling Stones played a gig in Es­sen. 1968, the Gruga­halle was host­ing the "In­ter­na­tion­al Es­sen Song Days", the first big fest­iv­al for polit­ic­al- and av­ant­garde artists from the fields of chan­son, rock, cab­aret and folk. Only a year later, Gruga­halle was stage to the first com­mer­cial fest­ivals in Ger­man pop his­tory. The "In­ter­na­tion­al Es­sen Pop- and Blues­fest­iv­al" brought world fam­ous artists such as Pink Floyd, Fleet­wood Mac, Deep Purple and many more in­to the Ruhr Area.

So many people were flood­ing the con­certs that the only way to avoid pan­ic was for some bands to play gigs for free. From 1977 on­wards, Es­sen be­came the "City of Rock­palast" due to the fam­ous TV show be­ing re­cor­ded there. The Kinks, The Who, Van Mor­ris­on and many more played in those 17 TV-Shows, bring­ing rock mu­sic to Ger­many's liv­ing rooms.Two con­certs are still mem­or­able: Bill Haleys gig on Oc­to­ber 28th 958, only three days after the Gruga Halle was opened. And the gig of the greatest bands of all time: In 1966, the Beatles stopped by on their only Ger­many-Tour. The "Fab Four" vis­ited only three cit­ies on their ?BRAVO-Blitz­tournee?: Mu­nich, Ham­burg and Es­sen. El­ev­en songs in thirty minutes, the first line be­ing: ?Just let me hear some of that rock and roll mu­sic!?

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Messe­platz 1, 45131 Es­sen


All Pop-Spots Ruhr Area

domicil Dortmund, © Joehawkins


The logo of the Rotunde, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Riff & Ro­tunde

Arena Konzert, © Raimond Spekking

Velt­ins Arena

Djäzz Flyer, © Djäzz


The Die Horst-Schimanski-Gasse, © Jule Körber


Turbinenhalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


The Goldkante Bar, © Tourismus NRW e.V.