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    Perfect summer rhythms during the Concert Summer.

A musical summer dream.

“This year will be a dream summer – with plenty of sunshine and only a few days of poor weather.” This forecast sounded very promising, providing just the right conditions for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer. The first weekend in July was approaching, and the excitement and optimism about the weather increased in equal measure. Because the latter actually delivered: one beautiful day after another. Then some bad news just before the start: Savas & Sido were obliged to cancel their concert planned for 5 July. Kool Savas had contracted a virus and was in hospital. “‘Royal Bunker’ is only possible with two of us,” he posted from his sickbed. So the joint album presentation of the two rappers in Stuttgart was cancelled.


Hands up: fans bathing in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer.

Hands up: fans bathing in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer.


Perfect summer rhythms during the Concert Summer.

Clueso thrilling the fans with his songs.


Festival atmosphere at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

One day later, the honour of opening the Concert Summer therefore fell to Clueso on 6 July. Or better still, it fell to the fans – and they made full use of it. Because most of the 5,500 festival-goers did not arrive just before the concert itself, but were already filling the site much earlier. An excellent decision: enjoying the pleasant warmth of the evening sun on a deckchair, with a freshly prepared cocktail in hand, is the perfect start to perfect summer rhythms. The start of the weekend was also the start of the musical programme.


Musical fusillade sets the party alight.

And there he was: Clueso! The first number was “Zusammen” (“Together”), and quite restrained. The fans were immediately on the same wavelength as the artist, and fully in concert mood. They also knew that the big hit of the FIFA World Cup would certainly be heard again in all its glory that evening. Then the pop musician from Erfurt really got the party going with “Neue Luft” (“New Air”). It soon developed into a gigantic after-work party. A concert and a party – irreconcilably different things for some critics. But for the public at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, that is exactly what made it special: celebrating in the open air with like-minded people and wonderful music after a demanding working week – a truly fine start to the weekend. And it was Clueso who provided the soundtrack. Hands in the air and dancing fans? Everywhere to be seen.


The musician and his eight-piece band left out none of their greatest numbers as one hit followed another. “Achterbahn” (“Roller-coaster”), “Wenn du liebst” (“When you love”) and the Lindenberg cover song “Cello”: all were included. Then an imposing rendition of “Out of Space” from the stage indicated that the concert was drawing to a close. “Zu schnell vorbei” (“Over too soon”) – oh dear, that will soon be true. But then, as a grandiose finale, finally another rendition of “Zusammen”, which worked well even without the group Die Fantastischen Vier on the festival site of the Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer, thanks to a public that was truly grooving. As the last few beats thumped through the loudspeakers, the spotlights swept the crowd for a last time: thank you, Clueso, what a superb act for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer.


Hip-Hop sets the Neckar Valley alight: Kontra K giving the fans beat and a heartbeat.

Kontra K giving the fans beat and a heartbeat.

Hip-Hop sets the Neckar Valley on fire.

One day later, on 7 July, Kontra K was the most expressive sound box on the stage. And before him stood a similarly gigantic sound box. This consisted of around 5,200 concert fans, who were absolutely enthralled with Kontra K. The opening number was “Oder nicht” (“Or not”) from his current album. The fans were with him right from the off, with hands raised high. The beat came from the front, like the joint heartbeat of the crowd. And it persisted to the very last seconds of the concert.

All were on their feet, singing and swaying. Kontra K stood on the stage, but he was always in the midst of the fans. Between two numbers he heard the strains of “Happy birthday to you” from the ranks. Apparently for someone called Joshua – the rapper responded at once, and suddenly the entire crowd was singing for Joshua. A superb experience for the birthday boy. And for the crowd. Because hip-hoppers love their community, and they love times like this.

A force line of the greatest intensity.

There was only one force line in this concert: maximum intensity from start to finish. Kontra K pounded out one hit after another. The jubilant public were fully onboard, following line after line of the lyrics and supporting the singer word for word. Complex sentence constructions and an unbelievable flood of lyrics: that’s rap. The messages were equally avidly received. What really counts in life, for example? Family, friends, education. That is what Kontra K sings about, and he emphasised them in his announcements. Rousing cheers. Any more questions?


Kontra K performed more than twenty numbers in the hip-hop metropolis of Stuttgart. His concert, and with it another highlight of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer, came to an end with “Wölfe” (“Wolves”). The fans were left sad yet deeply satisfied. “Wenn alles zerbricht – die Scherben spiegeln das Licht” (“When everything breaks – the broken pieces reflect the light”) it says in the lyrics of “Zwischen Himmel und Hölle” (“Between Heaven and Hell”). And as the evening light faded, this was a strong performance in the here and now. And hip-hop lit up the Neckar Valley until well after sunset.


Mercedes-Benz O 3500: a popular mobile exhibit on Children’s and Family Day at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Mercedes-Benz O 3500: a popular mobile exhibit on Children’s and Family Day at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.


12,000 visitors on Children’s and Family Day.

The big Children’s and Family Day on 8 July rounded off the summer weekend perfectly. The Mercedes-Benz Museum counted around 12,000 visitors on the day. Which kept the Museum staff truly busy. But seeing the happy faces all over the site was the greatest reward for the team: the guests on the day competed with the summer sun as they beamed with pleasure.


A full programme.

The visitors on this day were treated to a full programme of events. In the Mobile Kids children’s driving school, at the wild Tigerente rodeo, during rides in the life-size replica of a Benz patent motor car from 1886 and Mercedes-Benz classic cars, at encounters with VfB mascot “Fritzle”, with Äffle and Pferdle, Moki and Mister Monopoly. The Mercedes-Benz Museum had something for everyone. Also in great demand were the shows by “Mister Piano”, magician Alexander Straub, trick cyclist Viola Brand and the Kanonenfutter improvisation theatre.


Walking the keyboard: the “Walking Piano” in the Museum’s atrium by Mister Piano made it possible, and the music an experience.

Walking the keyboard: the “Walking Piano” in the Museum’s atrium by Mister Piano made it possible, and the music an experience.


Special guests at Cars & Coffee: “Urban Outlaw” Magnus Walker with his partner Hannah Elliott.

Special guests at Cars & Coffee: “Urban Outlaw” Magnus Walker with his partner Hannah Elliott.


Cars & Coffee with a special guest.

And if this was still not enough, there was always the permanent exhibition on the history of mobility. Or a visit to the busy Cars & Coffee, the non-branded Sunday classics meeting on the Museum mound. Which had a special guest on the day: “Urban Outlaw” Magnus Walker, who drove a 300 SL “Gullwing” for the first time that weekend – and is a true fan of this Mercedes-Benz dream car from the 1950s.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer: an impressive and varied programme of events. To be continued next year – that’s a promise!