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dear media partners, dear colleagues,

Starting on Wednesday, 16 September, all eyes in the entire music world will be set on Hamburg again when the 15th Reeperbahn Festival opens its gates. As already mentioned, this year a lot will be different because of the pandemic-conform implementation of the festival – however, one thing will not change: For four days, St. Pauli will be all about the status quo of the international music business – whether live on stage, on our streaming platform or as part of our digital conference programme. This press information will provide you with an overview of our comprehensive media offer as well as our programme highlights from all programme areas.

Here an overview of all relevant points:

1.)   Obligation to wear face masks, distance and hygiene rules, personal data

For every participant, consideration, responsible and prudent action is more important than ever this year. For this reason, please follow the distance and hygiene rules currently applicable. Apart from wearing well-fitting face masks in queues and at venues, this includes keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 m between two people. In order to inform you in case of an infection, we will collect your data at each venue visited. For this purpose, you must scan a QR code by smartphone at each venue and fill in the digital form provided there. Our staff will check whether your data has been registered. If you do not have a smartphone with QR code recognition, you can fill in a paper form at the Press Desk in advance and hand it over at the visited venue.

2.) Press accreditation

The Press Desk is located in the Festival Village on Heiligengeistfeld near the entrance to St. Pauli underground station. Accreditation is personal and non-transferable. Please have your personal ID card ready. 

Opening hours: Wed - Fri 01:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sat 12:00 midday - 10:30 pm

3.) Media centre

In our pandemic-compliant media centre at the East Hotel (room "Sun") you will find five workstations for you to use without prior registration on all festival days from 01:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Should there be need to use our adjacent interview room, please write to and state on what day and at what time you would like to use the room.

4.)   Access to concerts for journalists and reporters

Unlike in previous years, there will be no priority access for media representatives. Venues will open about 45 minutes before the programme item begins. A major part of our venues will have chairs and there will be only a limited number of seats per concert. We will not grant late admission to venues after the admission procedure has ended and the show has begun. For this reason, we ask you more than ever to plan in sufficient time to be admitted to the venue early enough before the show begins.

If you do not get access or if you notice that there are too many people waiting in front of a venue – don't panic. We have scheduled concerts with time-shifts so that you will be able to attend an alternative concert. That's why this year advance planning and early arrival is more important than ever.

5.) Access to concerts for photographers / camera teams

As for pandemic-conform presentation of Reeperbahn Festival 2020 the usual photo/film position from the pit is not possible, we will provide a limited number of allotted seats for your photos/shoots at the venues. This means that we cannot guarantee access for all photographers / camera teams to all shows of their choice – we are currently processing your list of favourites and will notify you by e-mail for which concert you are listed by Tuesday morning at the latest.

After your choice has been confirmed, access to the venue in question will take place with a guide after meeting in front of the venue. Please be at the end point of the lattice pathway at the entrance to the venue (outside the lattice pathway) 15 minutes before the show begins and have your personal ID or press card ready for verification. You will be permitted to photograph/film for 15 minutes.

If it is clear that at a concert, camera teams as well as photographers are present, camera teams will be admitted first for 15 minutes and then photographers for another 15 minutes. So please keep your equipment as mobile and light as possible.


Press contingents for the DOORS OPEN show at Stage Operettenhaus on Wednesday, 16 September 2020, as well as the ANCHOR award show at St. Pauli Theatre on Saturday, 19 September 2020, have already been assigned. If your application is confirmed, you will be notified separately on the procedures at the venues. Should your application not be confirmed, please note: There will be livestreams of both shows on!

7.) Digital conference + streaming platform

This year, the Reeperbahn Festival conference programme will take place digitally. Access to the digital conference programme is included in your press accreditation. You will shorty receive your access info by separate e-mail.
Our publicly available, free Reeperbahn Festival streaming platform will bring large parts of the Reeperbahn Festival programmes live from the Reeperbahn to your homes.

During Reeperbahn Festival our team at the Press Desk will be your contact.

Highlights and press events 2020

  • DOORS OPEN 2020: Opening event of Reeperbahn Festival 2020 with the ANCHOR 2020 jury live on site and in digital form (Tony Visconti, Melanie C., Markus Kavka, Brody Dalle, Darcy Proper, Friank Dellé), Olaf Scholz, Dr. Carsten Brosda, Alin Coen, and many more. Hosted by: Hadnet Tesfai and Jörg Thadeusz. Wed, 16 Sept., 06:00 pm, Stage Operettenhaus as well as 06:30 pm, streaming platform.

  • Partner country 2020: Denmark (6 concerts in curated live programme: Tina Dico, Calby, Drew Sycamore, Be Svendsen, Nicklas Sathl, Baby in Vain)

  • Premieres: Gisbert zu Knyphausen & Kai Schumacher: Thu, 17 Sept. 09:30 pm as well as Fri, 18 Sept., 06:15 pm, St. Michaelis Church and Swutscher: Fri, 18 Sept., 07:15 pm, Gruenspan

  • Digital Conference:
  • Next Generation Programme: Cooperation with the digital youth culture festival TINCON and the culture project TONALi. Offer especially for young people between 16 and 21. 23 events will provide basic knowledge of music and cultural management. Sat, 19 Sept., from 11:00 am, streaming platform

  • Festival Village
    • Future Playground Interactive Exhibition: FANTAVENTURA, VR experience on 30th band anniversary of DIE FANTASTISCHEN VIER, Wed-Fri, 16-18 Sept., 01:00 pm, Sat, 19 Sept., 12:00 midday
    • Future Dome: Daily sessions on future-oriented topics such as populism, discrimination, mental health, e.g. Diskuthek by Stern Magazine, Wed, 16 Sept., 06:30 pm, as well as discussion of taz and BILD chief editors Peter Unfried and Paul Ronzheimer, Thu, 17 Sept., 05:15 pm. Exclusive interviews, e.g. with the media theory star Douglas Rushkoff, Thu, 17 Sept., 06:30 pm, or author and activist Kübra Gümüşay, Fri, 18 Sept., 06:30 pm
    • Arts Playground: In line with the motto (IN) BETWEEN – Zwischen Musik und Grafik (Between music and graphics) visitors to the Arts Playground 2020 will experience an interactive exhibition as well as talks, discussions and book presentations to join in and reflect.
    • Music Makers Playground Musical instruments, exhibition of text and image & studio

  • Word Programme: Dr. Bitch Ray – Yalla Madonna, Yalla! Fri, 18 Sept., 06:15 pm, resonance space + streaming platform

  • Film Programme: Hamburg premiere of Futur Drei, followed by Q&A with producer Paulina Lorenz, main actors Banafshe Hourmazdi and Benjamin Radjaipour, Thu, 17 Sept., 07:00 pm, Zeise Kinos. German festival premiere of NOW followed by Q&A with director Jim Rakete. Sat, 19 Sept., 08:45 pm, Zeise Kinos

  • ANCHOR Award Show: The international music contest of Reeperbahn Festival is awarded to the most promising emergent music talent 2020, incl. live performance by ANCHOR jury member Melanie C. Hosted by: Steven Gätjen and Hadnet Tesfai. Sat, 19 Sept., 06:00 pm, St. Pauli Theater and 06:30 pm streaming platform

  • Wunderkinder – German Music Talent: The eighth edition of the Reeperbahn Festival music export programme will support German acts on their road to a career abroad, providing them with the necessary contacts. The six Wunderkinder in 2020 are: ÄTNA (DEU), BLVTH (DEU), Drens (DEU), JINKA (DEU), Lie Ning (DEU), Tara Nome Thuyle (DEU). New this year: For the first time, the shows of all Wunderkinder can also be enjoyed in livestream via our streaming platform.

  • Further Shows
    • Ray's Reeperbahn Revue - Home Edition without live audience. Wed-Sat, 16-19 Sept., 04:30 pm, streaming platform
    • VIA - VUT Indie Awards without live audience. Thu, 17 Sept., 08:00 pm, Channel 4 and streaming platform
    • MMETA Nominees Night without live audience. Fri, 18 Sept., 08:00 pm, Channel 4 and streaming platform

Programme information / Social Media

Information and programme modifications will be available on our Reeperbahn Festival website as well as our mobile APP (iOS | Android) and the following social channels (#rbf20  |  #rbfc20): 

Twitter:     @reeperbahn_fest
Instagram: @reeperbahn_festival ­
Facebook: @reeperbahnfestival | @ReeperbahnFestivalConference

All information on ANCHOR 2020 will be available via the ANCHOR website as well as the following social channels (#ANCHOR2020):

Twitter:   @ANCHOR_Award
Instagram: @anchor_award
Facebook: @ANCHORAward

Media material
Free-of-charge material is already available online for media coverage of Reeperbahn Festival. During the festival, content will be continuously updated and expanded.
Thank you for using the content and for sending in links and evidence relating to each broadcast and publication. Please contact for any check back.


Video rough cuts of Reeperbahn Festival (programme highlights of music, arts, conference, Festival Village, contents showing DOORS OPEN, the Gisbert zu Knyphausen & Kai Schumacher premiere and the ANCHOR) can be downloaded via our content server.
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Edited footage (e.g. Reeperbahn Festival Preview Trailer, DOORS OPEN Highlight Trailer, ANCHOR Aftermovie) that will be published via the Reeperbahn Festival channels and can be shared or embedded is successively available via links deposited in this document.


A selection of photos will be made available on a daily basis.


Find here the current basic press text for Reeperbahn Festival 2020 and the conveyed press releases.





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