This article explores and contextualizes the in-person and remote implementation of The Sound of Düsseldorf city walk, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Music tourism and authenticity in the music walk, and its temporary activation of places via performance, storytelling and sounds, are discussed. The article also focuses on the opportunities offered by the digital implementation of the tour and how successful the attempt to mediate local heritage to virtual tourists can be. On one hand, it is crucial to refer to how this tour came to be in terms of local music history and where it is situated in relation to Düsseldorf’s development from retail industry and high art towards the discovery of the cultural and economic potentials of its own popular music heritage. On the other hand, it is interesting to reveal what can be learned from this tour and its implementation in relation to the future of music tourism. The conclusion reflects on how music heritage exists in a cultural ecosystem, based around a strong link between materiality, music and authenticity and how this might change in the post-pandemic future.
|Tidskrift||Popular music history|
|Status||Publicerad - dec. 2021|
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