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Reeperbahn Festival Socials

Dear media representatives, dear colleagues, 
Yesterday the 12th Reeperbahn Festival started! After Dave Stewart’s opening of the Reeperbahn Festival Music Film Contest with a keynote on Tuesday, the festival also started at the Reeperbahn on Wednesday: During his opening speech Senator for Culture Dr. Carsten Brosda focused on the socio-political and uniting power of music, followed by the ANCHOR jury around Tony Visconti presenting the eight bands and artists nominated for the ANCHOR 2017 – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award. Apart from the brand new Festival Village, the first premieres of the Reeperbahn Festival could be admired – it’s clear: There will be a lot going on in St. Pauli in the days to come!

Frehn Hawel

Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Eurythmics band leader and producer Dave Stewart opened the new Reeperbahn Festival Music Film Contest on Tuesday evening and the Creative Tech theme complex with his keynote at the 360° Dome on Wednesday evening. The audience at once fully accepted the Festival Village as new location for the ticket and press desks and a place to relax in the middle of the Reeperbahn Festival bustle. At the fully packed Schmidtchen of the St. Pauli club house the VUT Indie Days were opened with the keynote given by the British music industry analyst Mark Mulligan.

At the same venue, Duncan McKie, President of FACTOR, officially opened the Reeperbahn Festival as a representative of this year’s partner country Canada, speaking on the enormous significance of artistic exchange in our times, pointing out that this year 50 bands and artists are part of the Reeperbahn Festival programme. In his captivating speech, the Senator of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dr. Carsten Brosda, emphasised the socio-cultural and emotional power of music. Afterwards, the ANCHOR jury around David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, consisting of Garbage singer Shirley Manson, Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of BOY, Emily Haines of Metric and Broken Social Scene, as well as BBC host Huw Stephens, presented this year’s eight nominees of the ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award: Apart from the Canadian Indie rockers Fast Romantics (CAN), the British songwriters Jade Bird (UK) and Fenne Lily (UK) plus the Berliner-by-choice Alice Merton (CAN/GER/UK) raised in Canada and England, as well as the Danish electro pop duo First Hate (DK), the British songwriter Matt Maltese (UK), the Berlin-based noise rocker Pabst (DE), and the British soul crooner Joseph J Jones (UK) are competing for the award as the best international young artist. 

Being asked what the jury was looking for in the new talents, Shirley Manson replied: “By now, authenticity and genuineness may have become outdated values, but I want to believe 100 % of what the artists put on stage.“ 

The winner of the ANCHOR 2017 will be proclaimed at the awarding ceremony at St. Pauli Theater on Saturday, 23 Sept.  

We will provide a rough cut of the opening on our media server at 4am. 

The first two premieres of the Reeperbahn Festival 2017 were staged today. Martin Kohlstedt´s audio-visual programme Currents", a combination of classical piano play with electronic music and thrilling visuals, shown at the 360° Dome, and “Cook 'n' Dub” (photo), presented by Matthias Arfmann’s band Turtle Bay Country Club together with top chef Stevan Paul at Schmidtchen.

Video content for Cook’n’Dub and Martin Kohlstedt will be provided on our media server at 4am.

At the Startups@Reeperbahn pitch organised in cooperation with Hamburg start-ups, last night the winner was selected amongst five finalists in front of over 150 investors, corporates, journalists and multipliers of the German digital and media sector at the Grünspan. The young enterprise Inspirient GmbH won the WELT media prize and will be awarded with a media budget of 100,000 €.

Each day of the festival we’ll be providing free-of-charge video content on our media server for media coverage of the Reeperbahn Festival. During the festival, video content will be continuously updated and expanded.

Thank you for using the content and for sending in links and evidence relating to each broadcast.
Questions? Contact us at:

Available at: 
User: production
Password: RBF2017 

21 Sept. & 22 Sept., 4am

  • Daily updating and expanding of a rough cut of the entire event: highlights from the music, arts, and conference programmes, Festival Village incl. opening, 360-degree dome and ANCHOR content
  • Rough cut Cook ‘n’ Dub

24 Sept., 6am

  • Final raw footage with all the highlights from the entire event, including the Elbphilharmonie concerts and ANCHOR winner
  • Interview with festival director Alex Schulz and head of music programme Bjørn Pfarr
  • Birth of the ANCHOR, glimpse behind the scenes & the story behind the Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award
  • Atmo & images Reeperbahn Festival 2012–2016

Footage that will be published via the Reeperbahn Festival channels and can be shared or embedded. Available via the following links.

Available immediately

Available 20 Sept.

Available 24 Sept.

Available 28 Sept.

  • Highlight aftermovie of the Reeperbahn Festival, ca. 90 sec. (RBF YouTube, Facebook)



A selection of photos as well as published press releases will be made available each day.


The current basic press release for the Reeperbahn Festival 2017 can be found here.


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
Credits: Florian Trykowski
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