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Live Entertainment - The Full Programme

Live entertainment has traditionally been one of the central and most comprehensive programme areas of our conference. And with speakers such as Peter Schwenkow, Harvey Goldsmith, Tom Windish, Isla Angus, Scarlett Li, Mélodie Blanchard, Rob Challice, and Carl Leighton-Pope at this year’s conference, the cast is once again top-class.
In addition to the many strong speakers, our live entertainment programme has a number of great highlights: the bdv Live Entertainment Summit, the venue sessions at the LiveKomm House, the HELGA! Festival Award, and the backstage tours of the Elbphilharmonie.
Continue reading for more details.

Festival Season

The generation change in the festival business will be discussed at the German-language session Spagat für Festivalveranstalter (A Balancing Act For Festival Organisers) as well as at the international panel Festival Season 2018/2019.
We are looking forward to the following speakers: Mélodie Blanchard (Caramba, FR), Rob Challice (Coda Agency, GB), Brij Gosai  (Pollstar, GB), Tamas Kadar (Sziget Festival, HU), Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio, DE), Annika Hintz (MS Dockville, DE – photo), Jan Quiel (SST Seaside Touring / ICS Netzwerk, DE), Thilo Ziegler (Rocko Del Schlacko, DE), and Christian Diekmann (DEAG, DE).

Agent's Agenda

Tom Windish (photo), founder of The Windish Agency, a three-time winner of Pollstar's Independent Agency of the Year Award, joined Paradigm as a senior executive in 2017 and has been recognised on Billboard’s Power 100 list every year since 2014. Windish opens our Agent’s Agenda session, where we look forward to hearing from additional highly successful music agents Isla Angus (ATC Live LLP, GB), Brij Gosai (Pollstar, GB), and Scarlett Li (China Media Capital, CN).




Brand and marketing aspects are the focus of the two German-language sessions Imagetransfer wider Willen (Imagetransfer Against Your Will) and Marketing für’s Konzertgeschäft (Marketing For The Concert Business) where we look forward to hearing from speakers such as Sabine Gernemann  (Oxfam, DE), Rembert Stiewe (WDR / Glitterhouse, DE), Jan Clausen (Factory 92, DE), Katja Wittenstein (FKP Scorpio, DE - photo)  (FACTORY 92, DE), Sebastian Dudey (Ex-Intro, DE), and Jan Kempinksi (Freelancer, DE).

Live Summit

At the bdv Live Entertainment Summit, the German Federal Association of the Event Industry (bdv) will provide information on the current German live business, the association’s preparation of a study on the future of music use, and bdv’s merger with the Federation of German Concert Agencies (VDKD). On stage will be bdv board members Christian Doll (C2 CONCERTS, DE), Prof. Jens Michow  (Entertainment Lawyer, President bdv, DE - photo), Daniel Rothammer (DEAG, DE), Ulrike Schirrmacher (Die Wühlmäuse, DE), Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio, DE), and Klaus Wollny (Hanseatische Konzertdirektion, DE).



LiveKomm House

At the sessions Lobbying With Industry Key Figures, Agent Of Change, Fight For Your Party, and Creative Footprint – to be held at the LiveKomm House – the situation of German and European live music venues will be discussed. The German Live Venue Association, LiveKomm, also invites members to its general meeting and networking events Moin, Clubkombinat and Meet & Greet The LiveKomm at the LiveKomm House.

Elbphilharmonie Backstage

Staff members of the Elbphilharmonie will give four tours of the iconic concert hall, which opened in early 2017. Each tour will provide information on a particular aspect of the venue. The number of participants is limited to 20 per tour. Registration is required on a first come first served basis. 

The following tours are offered: Production 1, Technics, Development, and Production 2.




The HELGA!® is the independent festival award presented by Festivalguide and Reeperbahn Festival. It was launched in 2013 and strives to be unpretentious. There are no dinner tables, the ceremony is not televised, and Helene Fischer does not come – but there’s plenty of beer, in front of and on the stage.
Vote now for the category "Best German Festival 2018" here.

Celebrate European Music

The Reeperbahn Festival is working in cooperation with Eurosonic Noorderslag and various European music industry associations in the realisation of the new European music award, the "Music Moves Europe Talent Award". Initial information about the prize and the unique partnership can be found here.



On A Walk With Ilgen-Nur

Curtain up for Ilgen-Nur (Artist, DE) who recently has joined us on a stroll around Hamburgs Reeperbahn and honors us with this year’s cover story of the Reeperbahn Festival Magazine which will be available in Germany from 27 August. Read the full interview exclusively in the E · MAGAZINE. Ilgen-Nur will play at Reeperbahn Festival on 19 Sept.

We’ll regularly present you exciting insights into the Reeperbahn Festival Universe – from artist portraits to interviews with interesting representatives of the music industry to in-depth essays. And best of all, we’ll take you behind the festivals scenes 365 days a year!

Visit and enjoy reading!


More Showcase Partner Confirmed

As promised we are ready to announce the next bunch of confirmed showcase partners! We are happy to annaounce...
Additional partners, plus showcasing artists and showcase venues to follow soon!
Discover further showcase programme on our website.



Our Mobile App Is Here!

Your own pocket-sized Reeperbahn Festival is available now – our mobile app provides you with all the information you need before and during the festival!

Available for iOS and Android.

And what is best of all, the performance days are announced today!

Download the app, have a listen to your festival favourites, browse through the conference programme, take advantage of the included delegates database, and create your own personal Reeperbahn Festival schedule!
For those eager to discover new artists and bands, the app once again includes the Deezer Music Recommender.

Prepare Yourself

Reeperbahn Festival will take place from 19 – 22 September in Hamburg, Germany. Conference Tickets for Reeperbahn Festival can be purchased online for €245.00 (+ VAT and sales fee). Register here.

Also, we have put together a great selection of hotels located on and around the Reeperbahn. And we have arranged great travel offers with our partners available to all registered delegates of the Reeperbahn Festival 2018.

We are looking forward to meet you!


Reeperbahn Festival Conference is organised by
 Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg/Germany,
PhG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH,
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte , HRB: 78130
Photo 1: f.l.t.r. Caramba, Till Brönner, Tom Windish, Harvey Goldsmith, Scarlett Li | Photo 2: Annika Hintz | Photo 3: Tom Windish | Photo 4: FKP Scorpio | Photo 5: Klaus Westermann | Photo 6: Maxim Schulz | Photo 7: Ben Houdijk | Photo 8: Robin Hinsch | Photo 9, 10, 11: Lidija Delovska
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