THE HISTORY OF BLACKLIST!

Blacklist is a bass music brand based in Cologne, Germany, that has broad array of individual shows, hosted stages at well-known festivals and even set up its own festival over the last few years.

It has become the biggest brand for bass culture in Germany and one of the biggest in Europe, bringing the biggest names in the scene to the stage and producing shows of the highest caliber. With a community loyal to the core that has made them kings of their own domain. But let’s take a step back to the beginning, how it dug its roots and became what it is known as today.

In 2015, Blacklist was launched and the first event took place at the famous Cologne nightclub Bootshaus. In the first half of 2015 they presented many underground shows, promoting both local acts and upcoming talents. At the end of the year, they hosted a big party headlined by heavyweight artists Alison Wonderland and Beauty Brain. The show was such a success that they kicked off 2016 with a slew of milestones, from the launch of their podcast to regularly scheduled shows with even bigger headliners. Their roster at the time featured names like Slander, NGHTMRE, JAUZ, Valentino Khan and many more, plus label collaborations with Barong Family and several features with Trap City. Within the first year, Blacklist became insanely famous with an unstoppable fan base and sold out shows. The scale grew with every milestone that was set, making their name known not only in Germany, but worldwide. Blacklist was the name responsible for establishing bass music in Germany and Europe. Whereas before there were exclusively single genre bass events, Blacklist also offered a stage to the genres of trap, dubstep, bass house etc.

As the success of Blacklist became bigger and bigger, the interest of other venues was aroused and thus the birth of the Blacklist Stages was heralded. These included the famous Parookaville in Germany, Mysteryland in the Netherlands and the Electric Love Festival in Austria. Blacklist hosted their own stages at these huge events and staffed their line-ups with the best in the business, creating an unparalleled energy with their artists from start to finish.

After a plethora of successes, Blacklist became a hub for music in Europe, making their home base, the multi-award winning club Bootshaus, a go-to place for bass lovers from all over the world. Blacklist’s achievements have impacted everything they are associated with, including their fans. With the help of merchandise, Blacklist Crew followers were able to recognize and identify themselves at events around the globe. Even today, sweaters and shirts with Blacklist Army printed on them are proudly worn at parties.

In 2019, the time had come and the first Blacklist Festival was held at Turbinenhalle Oberhausen – the biggest indoor bass festival in Germany, featuring a legendary line-up with artists like Borgore, Flux Pavilion, Ghastly, Sikdope and JOYRYDE. The success was so huge that shortly after the first festival the second one was announced.

The second Blacklist Festival was set for 2022 and was of course even bigger, better and even more sold than the first. This time there was an even crazier line-up than last time with Svdden Death b2b Marauda, Eptic, Kayzo, Cesqeaux, Apashe, ATLIENS and many other great artists of the scene. It was a great event that set the stage for the next one in 2023, which was recently announced and will take place on 7th October 2023. In addition, Blacklist stages will be hosted at numerous festivals again this year: Electric Love, SMS Festival, Nature One and Parookaville, among others.

Blacklist is a name that has followed its intentions in the music industry from the beginning and has developed its own sense of community, even culture. It would not be surprising if their presence increases around the world. Their tastes are of the highest interest, they are on trend with artists who absolutely wear the crown of the industry, and are looking towards a fortune that will determine the future of music as we know it.


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