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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
Let’s start with facts: The next Reeperbahn Festival – the 12th! – kicks off in exactly two months. It should come as no surprise, then, that the number of band and artist confirmations continues to grow. Launched in 2007, BBC Music Introducing is committed to supporting undiscovered artists, making the British radio format a perfect fit for Reeperbahn Festival – and so we’re very pleased that, in 2017, for the first time ever, BBC Music Introducing, together with the British PRS Foundation, will be presenting a programme at Reeperbahn Festival. And, last but not least: the line-up for this year’s Word programme is now complete.
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 20 July 2017
Over the past 12 years, Reeperbahn Festival has become known for presenting an immense amount of exciting new music – new music that has the potential to make it really big. And the festival’s 2017 edition will, of course, continue in this tradition. With Amadou & Mariam (ML) (photo) we’ve got true music celebrities heading our way. The blind couple from Mali create a sound cosmos that combines traditional Malian melodies, Malian rhythms, and western rock with such skill and brilliance that music stars – including Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and Herbert Grönemeyer – are scrambling to work with them. Much the same could be said of Omar Souleyman (SY), whose music can be seen as a stand against the horror and violence in Syria, his home country, and whose driving-beat dance numbers – released, incidentally, on Diplo’s Mad Decent label – bring clubgoers to their feet in about two seconds flat. Seldom has a rap duo been more spot on: Zugezogen Maskulin (DE) from Berlin show that social criticism and biting humour harmonise superbly with brute trap beats – while fully renouncing rap clichés. Epic – that, in a word, is Sólstafir’s (IS) psychedelic rock: rugged like Iceland’s landscape, the songs by this Reykjavik foursome erupt out of the blue into geysers of massive sound and have found their way into the hearts of fans of harder rock around the world. Similarly euphoria-inducing, though belonging to a completely different genre, is the sound of DARDAN (DE), whose mixtape “Hallo Deutschrap” provides more than enough reason to declare him the most innovative voice in German rap. They formed in Jordan, they represent the Palestinian diaspora: 47SOUL (JO/PS). With its fusion of Arabic dabke music, electronic production, and English-Arabic lyrics, 47SOUL has invented its own musical genre – shamstep – a blend of drums, synthesisers, percussion, and hypnotic guitars that when performed live whips crowds into an ecstatic frenzy. And for something a bit quieter there’s singer and guitarist Fin Greenall from Brighton – he’ll be at the festival with his band, Fink (GB), his classic-sounding blues, and his thirteenth album, “Fink’s Sunday Night Blues Club”. 

Also confirmed: Fayzen (DE), Loney Dear (SE), Kat Frankie (DE/AU), Lil Peep (US), Boiband (DE), Dermot Kennedy (IE), Pabst (DE), Wandl (AT), Nadine Shah (GB), Noah Kahan (US), IDER (GB), Shy Luv (GB), Fyfe (GB), ÄTNA (DE), Matt Maltese (GB), Jordan Max (GB), Nilüfer Yanya (GB), Jane Weaver  (GB), ALL WE ARE (GB), Schwarz (DE), Cosima (GB), Chantal Acda (BE), Black Honey (GB), Ilgen-Nur (DE), Erregung öffentlicher Erregung (DE), einarIndra (IS), Noah Slee (NZ), Farewell Dear Ghost (AT), NOËP (EE), The Wanton Bishops (LB), Palm (US), Yungblud (GB), Jade Bird (GB), Kalandra (NO), Jules Ahoi & The Deepsea Orchestra (DE), EDSUN (LU), When 'Airy Met Fairy (LU), Tuys (LU), Flora Cash (SE/US), Adna (DE), Ant Antic (AT), Mise en Scene (CA), Ankathie Koi (AT), The Aces (US)

The First Ever BBC Music Introducing/ PRS Foundation Night on 21 September at Nochtspeicher
For the first time ever, British radio format BBC Music Introducing is teaming up with PRS Foundation to bring four up-and-coming UK artists to Reeperbahn Festival. Since 2007, BBC Music Introducing has been supporting unsigned and lesser known artists by giving them exposure both on the radio and on the many BBC Music Introducing stages found at major festivals like Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, and SXSW. This format has meant that, over the years, the venerable BBC has become the most important platform for presenting the freshest and most exciting new music from the UK – making it a perfect match for Reeperbahn Festival. This week, BBC presenter Huw Stephens announced the artists who will be performing at the BBC Music Introducing/ PRS Foundation night on 21 September at Nochtspeicher: IDER (GB), Nilüfer Yanya (GB), Matt Maltese (GB) and Jordan Max (GB). 

Reeperbahn Festival Word Programme 2017: 4 Days, 3 Venues
No Reeperbahn Festival would be complete without the Word programme, where literature and the literary world take centre stage. In 2017, the Word programme spans four days, takes place in three venues – Alte Liebe, Imperial Theater, and Millerntorwache – and offers a line-up that includes Pop Lectures, with, among others, Diana Weis  (DE) and Roger Behrens (DE), and events with authors Tex Rubinowitz (DE), Tobias Bamborschke (DE), Messer singer Hendrik Otremba (DE), and many others. And, of course, the beloved classic, the Türsteherlesung, a reading with three Reeperbahn bouncers, is back again this year. 

Also confirmed: Michel Massmünster: Das Versprechen der Nacht (CH), Ray's Reeperbahn Revue (GB), Indiecon Island (DE), Books de Hoode präsentiert Alexander Hacke (DE), IMJA Preisträger-Lesungen (DE), Hempel's Beatles Tour (DE), NDR Blue Backstage (DE)

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: Hassan Hajaj
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