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Reeperbahn Festival gets underway

City welcoming global music business - Elbphilharmonie becomes latest event venue

The 12th Reeperbahn Festival gets underway in Hamburg Wednesday (September 20-23, 2017) with over 800 events including 500 concerts in St. Pauli and the brand new Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Organisers are expecting some 4,000 music representatives and movers and shakers in the digital industry as well as 400 journalists and reporters at the festival. Canada is this year’s partner country.

Reeperbahn Festival following Rolling Stones

Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “Hamburg can look back on a long, important tradition of music and has again taken the centre stage internationally with the opening of the Elbphilharmonie this year. The Reeperbahn Festival has been part of music in Hamburg for 12 years. Hamburg is also the home of pop music. We can get great impressions in September with the Reeperbahn Festival, many clubs’ concerts over the coming days and the terrific Rolling Stones concert with over 8,000 visitors a few days ago in the Stadtpark.”


Launched in 2006, the annual Reeperbahn Festival plays out in venues along the Reeperbahn and has morphed into a key event for Europe’s music and digital industry. Over 30,000 visitors are expected this year. Around 260 events during the Next17 conference will give festivalgoers an opportunity to discuss the development of the music and digital industry in future. The second ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award also gets underway this year. Prizes will be presented at 6 pm on Saturday (September 23, 2017) in St. Pauli Theater. The City of Hamburg and the German Government Commissioner for Culture and Media finance the Reeperbahn Festival.

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