HAMBURG, GEMANY – 28 Sep, 2015 – Peter Smid, founder and Director of Eurosonic/Norderslaag festival puts it in a nutshell: “You won´t get rid of it anymore.” This laconic assessment reflects what international media and professional visitors have long agreed upon: The Reeperbahn Festival has become an integral element of the international music world! “We are of course pleased, but at the same time we are well aware of the responsibility and the challenge this position involves,” explains the Reeperbahn Festival founder and Managing Director Alexander Schulz. “In many annual diaries of most of our colleagues we are a fixed date.”
In fact: Over 3,700 participating professional and media representatives from 40 nations mean an increase compared to the year before. Detlef Schwarte, in charge of the Reeperbahn Festival Conference describes the conference programme, also extended, including 220 events such as panels, workshops and networking events as a “pleasant development”. The largest delegations of professional visitors came from the UK, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Finland. Bjorn Pfarr, responsible for the music programme, points out that young bands and artists celebrating their Europe or Germany premieres at the Reeperbahn Festival already filled big venues. This year a particularly high share of electronic music was part of the programme.
Since its launch in 2006 the Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg has developed into a must-attend event for national and international music fans and music industry professionals. This is hardly surprising given the festival’s programme of more than 600 events. The festival’s carefully selected mix of well-established music-acts and exciting newcomers has always ensured a consistently high level of quality. This year Reeperbahn festivalgoers have seen acts like Rudimental, James Morrisson, Wanda, Family Of The Year and William Fitzsimmons.
Once again, more than 600 events (consisting of 400 concerts, 220 conference programme items and over 50 offers from the field of visual arts, literature and film) took place at more than 70 venues like classical music clubs, bars, boats, churches, and museums. Special focus was placed on the St. Pauli clubhouse newly opened with the Reeperbahn Festival 2015, providing six new venues in the centre of the Reeperbahn, on Hamburg’s landmark, St. Michaelis Church, better known as the “Michel”, as well as the ‘resonance chamber’ (resonanzraum) at the bunker in Feldstrasse, used as a venue for the first time in 2015.
The next Reeperbahn Festival will take place from 21 – 24 Sept. 2016 – more information: www.reeperbahnfestival.com
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