If there were a singular mission driving forth this year’s Reeperbahn Festival, it would be to be to epitomize the highest standard of festival culture with fantastic new Music, inspiring Art and eye-opening Conferences. An international, multi-faceted music festival of titanic proportions, Reeperbahn Festival is your autumnal cure for the September blues; bringing the Wow-Factor to all of those already seeing synaesthesia in the image above. Abandon the mundane and assume the spectacular over three days of Music and Arts with more than 200 events at 40 special locations from the 22nd -24th September along the world renowned Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s formerly notorious red-light district. Broaden your horizons at Reeperbahn Festival’s Campus; comprised of numerous conferences with music industry professionals and b2b meetings between famous media organizations. One of Europe’s most vibrant and charming cities, Hamburg features stunning scenery, fantastic heritage and some of Germany’s most creative neighbourhoods! After nights of partying at the festival, rambles through the St. Pauli quarter, and enlightening afternoons absorbing art and industry insider’s info, the Reeperbahn Festival can guarantee you will return home changed – that’s a promise!
This year’s festival line-up is a scorcher, with some of the world’s hottest bands set to take the stage over the festival weekend. Indie Pop mavericks, Friendly Fires will heat things up with hymnic hooks and driving beats to conquer Reeperbahn’s crowds, just as they dominated the British Top Ten. The Rifles bring with them an inimitable style of melodic guitar riffs and boyish singing, while Gypsy & The Cat personify acoustic pop, rocking their blogosphere hit “Jona Vark” for the masses.
Let the sound of The Raveonettes abduct you into a universe of melancholic, dreamy songs, while the bewitching timbre of Miss Li captivates your very senses. Fresh from the success of his debut album “Mirrorwriting”, Jamie Woon provides an indulgent dose of soul with mellow, pumping grooves.
California’s finest, Pigeon John, will drop his hit single “The Bomb” and other party stompers. Proudly representing French music, folk duo, Herman Dune wax lyrical with their quirky, tuneful indie ballads, while their discotheque brethren Yelle invite you into their “Safari Disco Club”, loaded with 80s inspired electro. Reeperbahn Festival sweethearts in 2009, the charming Dear Reader are sure to have a spellbinding effect on this year’s audience with their catchy folk pop.
Flamingo Drive, Sound of Rum, Martin and James, Dry the River and The Dynamics are but a few of the other acts playing this year – find out who else is playing at Reeperbahn Festival 2011 here.
Ray‘s Reeperbahn Revue
“Hamburg’s in my heart!” exclaimed Ray Cokes, as he bid farewell to his loving audience at the conclusion of last year’s Reeperbahn Festival. Will he take part again in 2011? Of course!
Three fantastic shows, twelve unplugged performances and hours of engaging discussion – that, in accompaniment to tons of alcohol and filthy jokes can guarantee that Ray’s Reeperbahn Revue will be just as rowdy and amusing as the years before. A Reeperbahn Festival without him wouldn’t be the same. Visit Ray‘s Reeperbahn Revue, daily at the Schmidt Theater: The perfect start to a long night at the Reeperbahn Festival.
International showcases and b2b meetings
The Reeperbahn Festival is a hub of the international music business; several music export offices and business organizations host special events under its roof. Housing a business expo for brands such as “Tune in Tel Aviv“, “The Italian Apéritif”,“Swiss Business Mixer“, “Canada House“, “Meet the French“ and “SXSW Reception“, countless international firms are represented at the Reeper- bahn Festival Campus.
A venue for dialogue and music business exchange, Campus is a place for professionals to discuss the industry and meet executives from such networks as the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), Network Europe, and Yourope, the joint body of over 60 European festivals, all of which hold conferences at the Reeperbahn Campus. Click here for more information.
You’ve gotta see this!
One of Reeperbahn Festival‘s classic art events is Flatstock Europe, Europe‘s biggest music poster exhibition. We recommend you loosen your purse strings before visiting Flatstock on Spielbudenplatz, because we’re sure you’ll want to buy every single poster! More than 400 artists from 40 countries have designed unique album art for “Showtime“, the new record by German-Iranian musician Amos. See each of the individual art pieces at the AMOS Showtime exhibit at BEATLEMANIA, where in addition to live art events, select “Showtime“ designers will host their own art shows.
The Reeperbahn Festival also hosts The Hamburg Comicfestival, organizing several exhibitions on comic fanzines and a guided walk of St.Pauli’s Street Art by the author of art blog www.urbanshit.de. This year, Literature becomes a new theme at the Reeperbahn Festival, featuring an exclusive reading by London based ex A&R manager John Niven, from his new music related novel “The Second Coming”. In addition, “Veritable Words of Wise Barkeepers” an interactive, multi-media art show, is sure to be a success at Reeperbahn, paying tribute to St. Pauli‘s club scene. Don’t miss the “Doormen Readings” at the table dance bar ‘Pearls’.
Reeperbahn Festival 22nd-24th September 2011