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discover the best of music journalism!

The International Music Journalism Award (IMJA) honours outstanding journalistic work and superb ongoing journalistic engagement that focuses on popular music and its business surroundings. Once again the German/English (photo) and French juries of the IMJA consisting of international journalists and media experts have read, listened and watched their way through roughly 200 submissions and decided on the shortlists for the categories The Year's Best Work of Music Journalism (text, audio, multimedia & new perspective: under 30) and The Best Music Journalist of the Year 2019.

So here is our sincere recommendation: click through the shortlists and discover the crème de la crème of music journalists and best works of music journalism produced over the last twelve months.

We will be presenting the International Music Journalism Award on Friday, 20 September, at Reeperbahn Festival. Save the date!


tonali Showcase announced

The cultural project TONALi, which was awarded with the ECHO Klassik in 2017, is an academy, music competition, festival and high-class promotion of young talent. Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, TONALi curates sessions and one showcase with four acts at Reeperbahn Festival. At the showcase, the best young musicians from TONALiSTENagentur, the in-house agency of TONALi, will perform at Pooca Bar: 
The showcase is designed around the topic “Kontraste” (contrasts). Get more information about the showcase here.


Reeperbahn Festival podcast

How do you go about organising one of Europe’s biggest music festivals, what is the Keychange initiative all about, and what are the line-up highlights you can’t afford to miss at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival?
Our favourite radio broadcasters at ByteFM are exploring these questions and looking at the various activities and focus areas of Reeperbahn Festival every week – in a programme called Reeperbahn Festival Container. It is only available in German language.

Listen to the episodes at 12:00 pm every Wednesday online on ByteFM or at 7:00 pm on FM radio on 917XFM in Hamburg.

The new podcast comes out every Friday – you will find it on all leading podcast platforms, e.g. Deezer. Find an archive of all episodes here.


Application for the anchor 2019 closed!

The application process for the ANCHOR Award 2019 is officially over!
Now it's up to the Board of established global music industry experts to look through all the great applications, rate the music by various criteria and determine the six best performing acts. 
The Jury around Tony Visconti will watch all of the Nominees live performances at Reeperbahn Festival 2019 and choose the winner at the ANCHOR Award Show.

The six Nominees will be announced on
19 August.


53 New artists announced

It has never been a musical one-way street, but the 14th edition of Reeperbahn Festival will be as diversified as probably never before: The increasing number of artists from Africa alone will give the festival all sorts of new impulses, making the shades of music shine even more brightly! Look forward to: 

The Gardener & The Tree (CH), A-WA (IL), Shey Baba (US), Beatrich (LT), LissA (DE), MOTTRON (FR), Sebastian Plano (AR), Féfé & Leeroy (FR), Jungle by Night (NL), Mayumi Kanagawa & Giuseppe Guarrera (US, IT) and many more...


Prepare your stay at #rbfc19

Reeperbahn Festival will take place from 18 – 21 September in Hamburg, Germany. Conference Tickets for Reeperbahn Festival can be purchased online for €255.00 (+ VAT and sales fee). Register here.

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





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Photo 1: Lidija Delovska | Photo 2: Georg Tedeschi | Photo 3: Stefan Malzkorn | Photo 4: CODA Agency | Photo 5: Lidija Delovska

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