Blue Shell

Luxemburger Str. 32, 50674 Köln
Club, est. 1979


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For decades, Cologne's nightlife has been unimaginable without Blue Shell, which remains true to its reputation as an ambitious scene club on Luxembourg's street, and continues to provide a forum for events of all kinds.

The restaurant has always been a popular meeting place for musicians, actors, writers and other more or less exotic contemporaries. Some scenes of a movie or TV movie still find their backdrop here, the "Blue Nights" used to be part of PopKomm, nowadays without PopKomm. They have a permanent place in the Blue Shell, bands like Blur already celebrated humid and cheerful aftershow or record release parties.

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Seit Jahrzehnten aus dem Kölner Nachtleben nicht wegzudenken, bleibt das Blue Shell auf der Luxemburger Staße seinem Ruf als ambitionierter Szene-Club treu und bietet weiter verstärkt ein Forum für Veranstaltungen verschiedener Art.

Seit jeher ist das Lokal ein beliebter Anlaufpunkt für Musiker, Schauspieler, Schriftsteller und andere mehr oder weniger exotische Zeitgenossen. So manche Szene eines Kino- oder Fernsehfilms findet hier nach wie vor ihre Kulisse, die "Blauen Nächte" früher im Rahmen der PopKomm, heute ohne PopKomm. haben im Blue Shell ihren festen Platz, Bands wie die Blur feierten hier schon feucht-fröhliche Aftershow- bzw. Record-Release-Parties.

  • Venue characteristics

    Size and capacity (audience)

    • small (up to 100) (75 User)
    • medium (up to 500) (100 User)

    Type of venue

    • separate venue (17 User)
    • integrated into bar or similar (163 User)


    • good (134 User)
    • average (47 User)
    • bad (1 User)

    Backstage room available

    • yes (150 User)
    • no (23 User)

    Merch selling possible

    • yes (170 User)
    • no (5 User)

    Non-smoker location

    • yes (140 User)
    • no (11 User)
  • Event concepts

    Which kind of payment do bands receive normally?

    • fixed payment (1 User)
    • doordeal, profit share (31 User)
    • profit share, pay to play (87 User)
    • audience donation (1 User)
    • none (4 User)

    If true, do newcomers and local bands get booked?

    • yes (101 User)
    • rarely (4 User)

    Does the club actively advertise events?

    • yes (54 User)
    • little or not at all (55 User)

    Venue can be rented for own events

    • yes (91 User)
  • Stagecraft


    • available (170 User)
    • not available (1 User)

    Size of stage or performance-area respectively

    • small (up to 5 m²) (46 User)
    • average (5-12 m²) (116 User)
    • large (more than 12 m²) (8 User)


    • available (175 User)
    • available to some extent (1 User)

    Stage lights

    • available (162 User)
    • available to some extent (10 User)

    FoH personell

    • present (165 User)
    • sometimes, with prior consent (8 User)

    Preparation and soundcheck

    • early afternoon (11 User)
    • late afternoon / evening (158 User)
    • negotiable (9 User)


    • equipment must be dismantled and loaded after the sow (166 User)
    • negotiable (10 User)

    Loading and unloading situation

    • loading/unloading directly at building or stage entrance respectively (107 User)
    • nearby (45 User)
    • loading/unloading hardly possible (25 User)
  • Location, arrival, parking


    • city centre (166 User)
    • city, peripheral area (4 User)

    Arrival by car, parking

    • location has sufficient parking space (9 User)
    • no or insufficient parking space, parking is possible nearby (132 User)
    • no parking space nearby (18 User)

    Arrival by public transport

    • good (149 User)
    • average (3 User)
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Current gig offers

Bieten Slot für einen Metalcore-Abend in Köln

Bid Slot for a Metalcore Evening in Cologne

20 Jan 2020, Blue Shell, Köln

20 Jan 2020, Köln
Blue Shell

Offered by: Grandeur
Date: Monday, 20 January 2020, 19:00
Venue: Blue Shell , 50674 Köln
Acts: Band
Local acts preferred!
Genre: Metal, Punk/Hardcore
Excluded genres: Pop, Rock'n'Roll/Rockabilly, R'n'B/Soul/Black, Hip Hop/Rap
Free slots: 1
Salary: none
Cost/pay-to-play: Minimum ticket purchase
Backline: unknown

Posted on 11 July 2019   4

Supportbands gesucht

Support bands wanted

21 Apr 2020, Blue Shell, Köln

21 Apr 2020, Köln
Blue Shell

Offered by: TAG X
Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 19:00
Venue: Blue Shell , 50674 Köln
Acts: all
Local acts preferred!
Genre: all
Excluded genres: R'n'B/Soul/Black, House/Dance, Techno/Electronic, German Pop
Free slots: 2
Salary: Doordeal
Cost/pay-to-play: Fixed payment (116 €)
Backline: partially available

Posted on 10 January 2020

2 Kölner Metalbands für den 23. Mai (SA) gesucht

2 Cologne metal bands wanted for May 23rd (SA)

23 May 2020, Blue Shell, Köln

23 May 2020, Köln
Blue Shell

Offered by: Drowning Empire
Date: Saturday, 23 May 2020, 19:00
Venue: Blue Shell , 50674 Köln
Acts: Band
Local acts preferred!
Genre: Rock, Metal, Punk/Hardcore
Excluded genres: R'n'B/Soul/Black, Hip Hop/Rap, House/Dance, Techno/Electronic
Free slots: 2
Salary: Doordeal
Cost/pay-to-play: none
Backline: partially available

Posted on 15 January 2020   7

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