Summer is festival time. This year, the music metropolis Hamburg is presenting the whole range of musical styles from opera to indie, rock, and pop.
Successful “Wagner Mania“
The Hamburg State Opera presented the official kick-off of the summer season. Its “Wagner Mania“ (picture) ended with standing ovations for opera director Simone Young. Within just three weeks, she conducted Wagner‘s ten major works in front of 17,000 spectators in exemplar performances with outstanding singers. To view the shows, Wagner fans from 30 countries such as Argentina, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, and the U.S. travelled to Hamburg and accounted for a record utilisation rate of 98 per cent.
Arty island sounds
On the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg‘s festival for music and arts MS DOCKVILLE will return 16-18 August. In its seventh year, some 130 international bands and DJs, such as The Foals, Woodkid, The Lumineers, Baauer, DJ Koze. Chvrches or Haim, will perform on six stages and hand-crafted venues. Performances and space-filling installations will emphasise the interdisciplinary character of the festival and invite audiences to become active.
Enjoy newcomers at close
Already in its eighth year, Reeperbahn Festival will showcase national and international newcomer in clubs and unusual places from 25-28 September. Also, the former MTV-presenter Ray Cokes will return to presents his favourite bands at “Rays Reeperbahn Revue“. Following gigs have been confirmed so far: Shout Out Louds, Laing, OK KID, Me And My Drummer, Jeansteam, Elliphant und Alin Coen Band.
For several years, Hamburg has been successfully co-operating with Copenhagen in the cultural sector, for instance at the gay festivals “Copenhagen Pride“ and “Hamburg Pride“ or the “Copenhagen Jazz Festival“ and “Elbjazz“ . This year, the joint project “City Link“ provides artists and other creative heads from both cities with homes, studios, exhibition and work spaces.