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Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg – talents, trends & trade

Talents: tomorrow’s music acts • Trends: creativity made in St Pauli • Trade: meeting of the music industry.

The 2014 Reeperbahn Festival boasts a number of superlatives: more international partners than ever will be presenting their showcases at this year’s festival from 17 to 20 September 2014. More than 30,000 music fans and conference participants are expected to join the ninth Reeperbahn Festival. An event that started off as a pure music festival in 2006 has now turned into one of the most important meeting points for creatives from Europe’s music and digital industries.

Talents – featuring tomorrow’s music acts

In terms of music, the Reeperbahn Festival largely focusses on international newcomers who often present themselves for the first time in front of a German audience and the European music scene. This year’s festival will be featuring Rhonda from Hamburg, who has become known as “the German Amy Winehouse”. Her smoky retro soul is reminiscent of the beat music of the 1950s and 60s and is definitely worth experiencing. Blonde Redhead from New York have been performing outside the mainstream for 20 years and also rank among the festival’s special gems. The fact that the Reeperbahn Festival stages this band certainly pays witness to the festival’s unparalleled diversity. After all, the band’s mystical, melancholy sound is in stark contrast to the neo-rave beats of Boys Noize, who will also be performing at this year’s festival. Born and bred in Hamburg, Boys Noize produces danceable electro sound. Numerous other bands from various genres will be playing at this year’s festival at more than 70 unique venues big and small – among them basement pubs, concert halls, night clubs, bars, theatres, churches, barges, museums and table dance clubs. An estimated 35,000 festival guests will be able to enjoy more than 400 gigs, ranging from punk and hip-hop to indie and singer/songwriter performances – offering something for every taste.

UK @ Reeperbahn Festival

For years, Reeperbahn Festival has been offering the perfect opportunity for young British bands to showcase themselves for the first time on the continent. This year, Ella Eyre, East India Youth, Ebsen and The Witch, Kill it Kid, Dark Horses and Common Tongues will represent among others the best of British Music on the Reeperbahn.

Trends – creativity made in St Pauli

The music programme will be complemented by 70 events, with art, street art and literature performances in unique venues in and around St Pauli. One of the highlights includes the Türsteherlesung (“A Doorman’s Reading”), featuring bizarre dialogue, quirky sketches and weird people from the work routine of fictitious bouncers Viktor, Mark and Henning. The Street Art Walk invites you to explore the creative side of St Pauli, with two locals who will take you on an urban discovery tour of street art , ranging from art projects in empty flats to hidden backyard galleries. At the Flatstock Europe Poster Convention, 30 poster artists from Europe and overseas will be presenting their work.

Trade – the music industry gathers in Hamburg

The Reeperbahn Festival conference is one of the most important industry events for Europe’s music and digital creative industries and has become even more important in 2014: about 3,000 international media representatives and professionals from the fields of music, media, games, mobile, IT design and marketing meet at sessions, networking events, meetings and award ceremonies. The Reeperbahn Festival workshops give professionals an insight into the future of digital entertainment.

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