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Reeperbahn Festival Socials

Not to be released before 3 April 2017    

Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
At the core of every Reeperbahn Festival are the concert performances by some 400 artists and bands that for four days transform Hamburg’s St. Pauli district into the centre of the international music world. Each and every year, Reeperbahn festivalgoers are treated to a host of exciting innovations – not least with regard to participating festival venues. After introducing St. Michael’s Church, Hamburg’s famous landmark, as a Reeperbahn Festival concert venue two years ago, we’ve now got another new venue to announce – and it, too, is something of a sensation.
Frehn Hawel    

Hamburg, 31 March 2017
“Who’s playing this year?” is probably the most common question that any top-quality festival gets asked. Today we’re pleased to announce the first 35 artists to be confirmed for this year’s Reeperbahn Festival. Three of these artists – Owen Pallett &
s t a r g a z e, Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something, and Dillon – will perform in the Grand Hall of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall), which is making its debut as a Reeperbahn Festival venue in 2017.  

One of the 35 artists in this first round of music confirmations is Dispatch, a trio from Boston that has already released an impressive four live albums and clearly possesses a distinctive onstage appeal. Their rootsy folk rock captivates from the very first note and there’s some damn good storytelling to be heard in their songs.
His lyrics are scathing, his melodies full of longing, his heroes charming losers – a winning mix that young singer-songwriter Faber offers up with such conviction that he’s now being talked about as perhaps the most promising talent in Swiss pop. German quartet Love A is always good for a post-punk-meets-popular-hits sound. At the Reeperbahn Festival, the band will present its brand-new album “Nichts Ist Neu”. Looking for something more melancholic, perhaps? TUA turns to deep basslines and misty synth expanses to create meditative hip-hop gems that exist somewhere between energetic rap and sentimental vocals – almost makes one forget that he is also a member of German rap group Die Orsons. The psychedelic rock of All Them Witches from Nashville is steeped in the best late-60s tradition – extended improvisations included, of course. With his fine-spun stories and minimalist songs, accompanied only by acoustic guitar and a touch of electronics, Charlie Cunningham has shed his insider-tip status, especially now that he’s come out with his debut album “Lines”. Zeal & Ardor from Switzerland is currently garnering an enormous amount of attention – it’s the project of Manuel Gagneux, who proves that blues and black metal go together quite nicely. 

The Reeperbahn Festival’s partner country this year is Canada, and as part of this partnership Canadian composer, violinist, vocalist, and arranger Owen Pallett and the s t a r g a z e orchestra will perform at the Elbphilharmonie. Pallett, who made a name for himself with his “Final Fantasy” project and his involvement in a number of bands, including Arcade Fire, will present his elegant, classical-leaning solo works – which, complete with string section, orchestral, baroque sound, and Pallett’s soft voice, are a perfect fit for the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall. Daniel Brandt (photo), co-founder of the electro-acoustic trio Brandt Brauer Frick, will also be playing at the Grand Hall, performing his solo debut Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something, an album featuring songs that build up like dance tracks but don’t feel like club music at all. It’s been a while, but now she’s back in Germany for a concert – and at Hamburg’s new Elbphilharmonie concert hall no less: the Brazilian-born, Berlin-based Dillon. For her performance at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival, she’ll give an exclusive preview of songs from her upcoming album, due out in 2018. 

To ensure that a large number of Reeperbahn festivalgoers have the opportunity to attend a concert at the Elbphilharmonie during Reeperbahn Festival 2017, a reservation system is being implemented that will go live on 3 April 2017 at 14.00. Special rules apply to reserve a concert at the Elbphilharmonie and these rules can be found at the following link (concert reservations subject to availability).

We’re also quite pleased to announce the following additional confirmations for the Reeperbahn Festival’s 2017 line-up: Waxahatchee (US), Tom Grennan (GB), Isolation Berlin (DE), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (US), Suff Daddy & The Lunch Birds (DE), Let's Eat Grandma (GB), ARY (NO), lùisa (DE), Sløtface (NO), Alice Merton (CA I DE I GB), Leoniden (DE), Otzeki (GB), Antje Schomaker (DE), Astronautalis (US), Friends Of Gas (DE), Lisa Who (DE), Tasseomancy (CA), Jordan Klassen (CA), Dangers Of The Sea (DK), Dream Wife (GB), Wucan (DE), Joe Fox (GB), LYGO (DE), HEIM (DE), The Marcus King Band (US)

The Reeperbahn Festival is organised by Reeperbahn Festival GbR
and Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG.
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg

PhG Reeperbahn Festival GbR: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG und Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz / U-I-Nr.: DE247756458

PhG Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte / U-I-Nr.: DE 210469759
Photo: Andreas Waldschuetz
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