Cologne's c/o pop convention recorded a 20% increase in delegate attendance, according to figures released by the organisers.

The number of music industry representatives attending the event grew from 1,000 in 2008 to 1,200 for this year's event, which took place Aug. 12-16 in Cologne, Germany.

Total attendance at the joint confab and live music festival was approximately 30,000, say the organisers -- a similar figure to the previous year.

Launched in 2004, c/o pop has previously over-shadowed by Germany's largest industry conference, the Berlin-based Popkomm. However, the cancellation of this year's Popkomm event (Billboard.biz, June 19) left a gap in the local music market, which organisers say c/o pop successfully filled.

"To have achieved this result in the current climate shows we must be doing something right," said c/o convention organiser Claudia Jericho in a statement.

The industry convention featured talks from Martin Elbourne (booker for U.K. festivals Glastonbury and The Great Escape), Niklas Ivarsson (content director, Spotify), Duncan Freeman (president, Band Metrics), Charles Caldas (managing director, Merlin), Daniel Miller (founder, Mute Records) and Peter Jenner (President Emeritus, International Music Managers Forum).

Alongside the convention, around 200 artists played over 50 shows in the West German city, including performances from The Whitest Boy Alive, Beirut, Metronomy and Patrick Wolf.

In a statement c/o pop managing director Norbert Oberhaus said that this year's event had "exceeded all expectations and has brought closer our ambition of reaffirming Cologne once again as one of Europe's leading music cities."

Details on next year's c/o pop are to be announced next month.

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