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19 – 22 SEPTEMBER PRESS RELEASE
Reeperbahn Festival Socials
 
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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,
Apart from announcing another 55 bands and artists today, our attention is drawn to our French neighbours with their music export office who have been one of the most reliable partners of Reeperbahn Festival right from the start. We are all the happier to place this year’s country focus on the immense diversity of the French music landscape. 
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 21 August 2018
There are exactly 30 days to go before the international music world will gather on St. Pauli to attend the 13th Reeperbahn Festival! So, it’s about time to finalise the festival line-up of 2018. By announcing another 55 names the final straight is in sight on the horizon.

Konstantin Gropper and his band Get Well Soon (DE) (photo) will give a very special performance: At St. Michaelis Church (“Michel”), Gropper will not only stage his complex, opulent pieces with a large ensemble consisting of wind instruments, strings and guest singers, such as Sam Vance-Law and Kat Frankie – the time-honoured Arp-Schnitger organ will be played by none less than his father!
R’n’b ballades meeting bass-heavy productions and lyrics of utmost urgency are what Noga Erez‘s (IL) sound cosmos is about, showing what the combination of politics and pop must sound like in the here and now.
Denai Moore (GB) who, with her albums “Elsewhere” and “We Used to Bloom”, is one of the most thrilling new artists from the UK shows similar energy, however, caught between folk and soul.
Sam Fender (GB) is at the beginning of a likewise promising career; with his emphatic, politically motivated lyrics and his enormously groovy indie songs, he has already been selected by the BBC as Sound of 2018.
The quintet Keele (DE) from northern Germany and its German-sung mix of punk rock and alternative sound is forceful, knocking you over like a strong gust of the north wind. Their sound is wonderfully captured on their debut record “Gut und dir”.   

Also confirmed:
Glass Museum (BE), DENA (DE), Ziggy Alberts (AU), Declan J Donovan (GB), black midi (GB), Ruston Kelly (US), Beauty & the Beats (DE), Cat Clyde (CA), Leto (DE), The Mauskovic Dance Band (NL), LION (GB), BLED WHITE (DE), Nelson Can (DK), The Dirty Nil (CA), Micah Erenberg (CA), Rayannah (CA), Felix Räuber (DE), Perttu (FI), Jett Rebel (NL), Brett Newski (US), Marianne Aya Omac (FR), Berywam (FR), Moonlight Benjamin (FR), MONOWHALES (CA), Iskwé (CA), Nuela Charles (CA), The Town Heroes (CA), Hillsburn (CA), Walrus (CA), Rock N Roll Radio (KR), Love X Stereo (KR), SE SO NEON (KR), Life and Time (KR), Milk & Bone (CA), Double Experience (CA), Aquarama (IT), Null + Void (US), Better Person (DE), 2nd Blood (DK), Mijo Biscan (AU), Voyou (FR), Athletic Progression (DK), Inge van Calkar (NL), BBXO (DE), Jon Bryant (CA), Little Destroyer (CA), Yung Heazy (CA), Nick Faye (CA), Rosie & the Riveters (CA), Shirley & The Pyramids (CA).

Reeperbahn Festival partner country 2018: France
As the third largest music market of the world, Germany is the major export market for French music – this is one of the many reasons why there has been a partnership between Reeperbahn Festival and the French music export office Le Bureau Export since the very first edition in 2006. Now this is our 13th year and it is more than appropriate to have a closer look at the French music market and to focus on the enormously multifaceted music landscape of our French neighbour. 

#focusfrance: 50 concerts by French bands and artists 
Enjoy 42 French bands and artists in 50 live concerts on the four Reeperbahn Festival days. Among them the twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, better known as Ibeyi who, with their catching mix of hip hop, synth pop, soul and Afro-Cuban rhythms will show at the Elbphilharmonie that modern protest songs can be perfectly danceable. This is where also Her and their thrilling electro soul can be seen. Distinctive as Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin, but with a generous dash of disco, the sextet L’Impératrice around the singer Flore Benguigui will invite you to the dance floor; Julien Doré adds his personal touch to traditional French pop music; the indie electro sound of the duo Agar Agar skillfully swings between lasciviousness and melancholy. And Hyphen Hyphen from Nice will prove that grand pop songs can sweep you away when played live – the trio was awarded at the Victoires de la Musique as Best Live Act 2016. Bon Voyage Organisation and their global music for globetrotters slickly bridge the gaps between orient, Asia synth pop and jazz while Flavien Berger’s sound is trying to link catchiness and avantgarde. This is only a small selection of the many highly exciting gigs from France at Reeperbahn Festival 2018! 

In a playlistWhatthefrance.org will give you the opportunity to discover the most thrilling new music from France presented at Reeperbahn Festival. 

Here you will find a complete overview of all French bands and artists at Reeperbahn Festival 2018.

Marc Thonon, CEO of Le Bureau Export: 
“In 2006, at the very first edition of Reeperbahn Festival, Le Bureau Export was one of the first export offices to partner up with the event. Over the past 12 years, this partnership has made possible numerous showcases, networking events and conferences where the artistic variety of music made in France has had the chance to shine through.”    

Meet The French Reception, networking and matchmaking sessions
More than 80 French representatives of the music industry will be pleased to meet professional guests from all over the world at five networking events, and to make new contacts over a glass of wine at speed meetings for live and recorded music, artists pitches or at the big Meet The French Reception.   

FrancoMusiques project: Pupils meet French artists 
As a special programme item, Hamburg pupils will have the chance to learn French, to meet French artists in the course of the FrancoMusiques project, gaining an insight into the culture of our neighbour country apart from language study. 

The most important people of the French music landscape 
15 of the most influential members of institutions, organisations and companies of the French music industry will provide inside views of the French music market and the musical eco-system of France in keynotes, panels and interviews.  
Amongst other things, the representatives of the French music and media industry will be part of the International Music Journalism Award 2018 jury and the ANCHOR 2018 Board.  

Here you will find further information and current updates on the focus country France.  

Focus France @ Reeperbahn Festival 2018 is coordinated by Le Bureau Export. Partners: Institut Français, What The France.

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

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: Clemens Fantur
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