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AnnenMayKantereit (2014)
AnnenMayKantereit (2014)
Background information
Origin Cologne, Germany
Genres Rock
Past members Lars Lötgering (to 2014) Double Bass

AnnenMayKantereit is a German rock band from Cologne, which was founded in 2011. They sing in both German and English; a notable feature is the distinctive rough voice[1] of the singer Henning May.


Henning May (2015)

The three founding members, from whose surnames the band name was created, formed a band while at school at the Schiller-Gymnasium in Sülz in 2011.[2] At first the three performed as street musicians in Cologne. At a jam session, they were joined by double bass player Lars Lötgering.[3] In 2013, they released their first solo album, which had a release party in Gebäude 9 in Cologne.[4] The album, which was partly recorded on the street, is no longer available.[5] They have their own YouTube channel on which they have published their songs.[6] Malte Huck has been the bassist of the band since August 2014.[7]

After the release of the music video of their song Wohin du gehst, the band toured Germany. In summer 2014, they played at several big festivals, such as the Appletree Garden Festival, the Open Flair, and the Reeperbahn Festival. In autumn, they played at several concerts as the supporting act for the Beatsteaks[8] and accompanied Clueso on the Stadtrandlichter Tour as a support act.[9] They were finalists in the New Music Award of the ARD-Jugendprogramme.[10]

In December 2014, AnnenMayKantereit were featured in the television programme Circus HalliGalli,[11] and at the beginning of 2015, they went on tour again. In summer 2015 they performed at more festivals, including the Haldern Pop Festival and Rock am Ring. The Hip-Hop group K.I.Z. featured singer Henning May in their song Hurra die Welt geht unter.

In autumn 2015, the band signed with Universal. Together with Moses Schneider they recorded the EP Wird schon irgendwie gehen at Hansa-Studios in Berlin. It was released on October 16, 2015 by the label Vertigo Berlin.[12] Subsequently they had a new tour and sold out numerous venues.[5] In February 2016 they released the single Pocahontas from their upcoming album "Alles Nix Konkretes." The whole album was released in March 2016 and has reached number one on the German album charts.[13]



  • 2013: AMK (Own production, currently unavailable)
  • 2016: Alles Nix Konkretes (1 in German, 1 in Austrian and 6 in Swiss Charts)


  • 2015: Wird schon irgendwie gehen (Vertigo Berlin) (33 in German Charts)


  • 2015: Oft gefragt (18 in German and 36 in Austrian Charts)[14]
  • 2016: Pocahontas (31 in German and 63 in Austrian Charts)
  • 2016: Barfuß am Klavier (51 in German Charts)


  • 2015: Kulturpreis der Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland (Sponsorship proposed by Wolfgang Niedecken)
  • 2015: Deutscher Webvideopreis in the category Music Video
  • 2017: Echo in the category Newcomer National
  • 2017: Echo in the category Band Pop National


  • 2015: 1LIVE Krone in the categorie Bester Live-Act
  • 2016: 1LIVE Krone in the categorie Beste Band
  • 2016: 1LIVE Krone in the categorie Bester Live-Act
  • 2017: Goldene Kamera Digital Award in the categorie #MusicAct


  1. ^ Catharina Hettiger (2015-10-04). "In Würzburg erleben AnnenMayKantereit ihr größtes Tour-Konzert". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  2. ^ Alina (2014-02-01). " – Draußen Musik machen". LizzyNet. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  3. ^ Julia Lührs, Elif Senel: Redezeit mit „Annen May Kantereit“ – WDR 5.
  4. ^ Kölner Stadt Anzeiger (2014-01-22). "AnnenMayKantereit Freundschaft auf musikalisch". LizzyNet. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  5. ^ a b Marcus Bäcker (2015-10-03). "Junge Band aus Köln überrollt den Musikmarkt". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  6. ^ Josa Mania-Schlegel (2015-08-26). "Liebeskummer für die Generation Tinder". Sü Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  7. ^ Malte Bormann (2015-01-09). "Eine Band wie ein Zuhause – BR". BR. Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  8. ^ Jan Felix Walther (2014-10-01). "AnnenMayKantereit live im Berliner Lido: Mit jeder einzelnen Faser der Halsschlagader". Rolling Stone Magazin. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  9. ^ "Clueso gibt AnnenMayKantereit als Special Guest für Stadtrandlichter Tour bekannt". FourArtists. 2014-10-31. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  10. ^ "SPUTNIK: Im Finale 2014: AnnenMayKantereit". MDR Sputnik. 2014-07-09. Archived from the original on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  11. ^ "CIRCUS HALLIGALLI – Video – AnnenMayKantereit – Oft gefragt – ProSieben". ProSieben. 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  12. ^ PledgeMusic (2014-12-16). "AnnenMayKantereit: Unsere neue EP auf PledgeMusic". Retrieved 2014-12-22. 
  13. ^ "Top 100 Album Charts" (in German). 25 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Chartquellen: Deutschland / Österreich Archived November 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.

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