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Dear media partners, dear colleagues,

Only nine days to go until the 14th Reeperbahn Festival starts!
That's why we would like to provide you with some information on what to look forward to this year and what's new:  
A premiere will take place at Gruenspan on Friday, 20 September, when the New Music Award of the young ARD radio channels will be presented! In its twelve years of existence, the award has already spurred on the careers of Kraftklub, Leoniden and others – after many years in Berlin, the New Music Award is coming to Hamburg this year, bringing along the band Giant Rooks, this year's "Shooting Star"!
The Festival Village on Heiligengeistfeld is in its third year, including the already released Arts Playground and the Future Playground. What's furthermore new this year is the Music Makers Playground, where a dozen of famous instrument manufacturers (Yamaha, Shure, No. 1 Guitar Center Hamburg, and others) will present their instruments. Moreover, the Playground will feature Leo Fender's unique exhibition of guitars from 1950 to 1964 accompanied by text and image.
Shortly before the go-ahead, we can announce 19 more new bands and artists!
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 10 August 2019


New Music Award for the first time in the course of Reeperbahn Festival
In the twelve years of its existence, the New Music Award has become one of the most popular new-talent prizes for young bands and artists. The "Newcomer of the Year" and the "Shooting Star of the Year" are awarded in two categories. The "Shooting Star of the Year", Giant Rooks (photo) will be performing as one of the live acts.
After many years in Berlin and Munich in the past, N-JOY, the young people’s channel of Norddeutscher Rundfunk, will present the New Music Award for the first time in the course of Reeperbahn Festival at the long-established club Gruenspan on Friday, 20 September.  

Norbert Grundei (Head of Programme, N-JOY): "The young channels of ARD and Deutschlandradio particularly represent music journalism and the promotion of newcomers. We are very pleased to present our New Music Award at Reeperbahn Festival this year." 

New Music Award is a joint production of PULS (BR), Bremen NEXT (Radio Bremen), DASDING (SWR), 1LIVE (WDR), Fritz (rbb), MDR SPUTNIK, N-JOY (NDR), UNSERDING (SR), Deutschlandfunk Nova (Deutschlandradio) as well as YOU FM (hr). You will find further information at as well as on the websites of the participating radio channels.


Premiere of Music Makers Playground with renowned instrument manufacturers at Festival Village
For two years, the Festival Village has been the contact point for all festival and professional visitors to collect their wristbands and accreditation. Here you will also find the bag storage room and this year also free bicycle parking facilities. Moreover, the Village has established itself as a cozy oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Reeperbahn where, protected by sea containers, you can have a break from the hectic activity, eat, enjoy art, presentations and selected acts or plan the rest of your evening.
For the third Festival Village edition, the concrete desert of Heiligengeistfeld will again be redesigned into a feel-good place, and more comfortably than in past years: The rolled turf area will be extended to 1,500 qm, there will be more comfy seating islands, a vast number of food trucks will provide a tasty diversion and several hundred metres of light chains will bring coziness into the centre of the city.
But in addition to all the hygge, the Festival Village will offer its own programme: Since the first day of Festival Village, selected newcomer acts can be seen on the Fritz Bühne in the Village every day; this will also be the case this year.
The Music Makers Playground is new; well-known music companies and instrument manufacturers such as Yamaha, Allen Heath, Shure, D´Addario, Klotz Cables, K&M, Audio Technica, Instrument of things, Happy Ears Earplugs, CMS Pedalboards, Gold Super & Thomas Blug Amplifiers, will present their products whichcan be tested on the spot. Moreover, Guitar Center, the famous Hamburg guitar dealer No. 1, will exhibit a number of Fender Vintage guitars that will make every music heart beat faster.

Daniel Wieland (Marketing Manager, Shure): "We are very pleased to accompany Reeperbahn Festival this year. An extraordinary event with great artists and a unique mix of entertainment and education. The perfect stage for Shure to present one or two highlights." 

On the above-mentioned Future Playground with its Future Dome at the centre, apart from the United Nations, various initiatives will present future visions and sustainability approaches while the Arts Playground will offer all visitors a cinemaas well as exciting exhibitions, installations and interactive modules in a container group. Those who fancy some exercise in the evening can get it to the music of DJ Mad and Gigi Amando from Mojo Club and enter Rollerskate Jam, the coolest roller skating rink of the year. Roller skates can be rented at the rink already at midday.


19 new acts at Reeperbahn Festival
The timetable is online, the programme is complete – and still, 19 further new bands and artists will be added to this year's Reeperbahn Festival:

HUNDREDS (DE) (photo), IDER (GB), Skinnyblackboy (DE), Ensemble Resonanz (DE)Sorry (GB)Gents (DK), Teitur Magnússon (IS), Fangclub (IE), MAL ÉLEVÉ (DE), MALONDA (DE), Ecce cello (ES), Teresa Bergman (DE, NZ), Josephin Bovién (DK),  Scotch & Water (DE), Danai Nielsen (GR), Mia Morgan (DE), Gabríel Ólafs (IS), Joel Baker (GB) and Cari Cari (AT).

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