Diversity is a big part of what makes the Reeperbahn Festival so special. Not only are our programmes exceptionally varied, but the venues in which they are held are extraordinarily wide-ranging: churches, music clubs, galleries, record shops, theatres, a Haspa bank branch, and even the St. Pauli Fanshop!
No more asphalt wasteland, no more concrete! Reeperbahn Festival is rolling out the turf and has invited artists from its Music, Film, and Arts programmes to transform part of Hamburg’s Heiligengeistfeld into an idyllic artists’ village. Day and night, the Festival Village buzzes with activity, offering a variety of venues and meeting places – including an open-air stage and the “Field Of Arts presented by SEAT” – where festivalgoers can explore, discover, and relax. The Village is also the site of a very special festival highlight, located between Millerntorplatz and the Millerntor Stadium: the exhibition “Klaus Voormann – It Started In Hamburg”. Just opposite this is the Spiegelzelt (Spiegeltent) with a wide-ranging line-up of events: in addition to sessions, talks, and workshops, the Spiegelzelt is also the headquarters of Keychange, which is presenting a programme created specifically for Reeperbahn Festival. The Festival Village is also, as of last year, the new location of the festival Ticket Desk.
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This former cinema dating from 1906, complete with stucco decoration and Art Nouveau details, is located at the back of Docks, just off the Reeperbahn – a concert venue where, at previous Reeperbahn Festivals, Years & Years, MS MR, and Kid Simius performed beneath the chandelier and disco ball.
Come right in: Schmidtchen's Alte Liebe is the brilliant lounge among the Reeperbahn Festival locations. Below a canopy of angel stucco and chandeliers the ground floor of the Club House St. Pauli everything revolves around literature – from book presentations to reading sessions. This is where the written word becomes a spoken pop performance.
Our beloved Molotow! After a short time in exile, Molotow has found a new home not far from Grosse Freiheit. In addition to the club, there’s now also the Karatekeller and the SkyBar with its excellent view of the Reeperbahn. And if you’re looking for an outdoor hangout, Molotow has got what’s probably the nicest backyard in St. Pauli.
ST. PAULI KIRCHE
The St. Pauli Kirche (= church) was built in 1833 and is the source of the neighbourhood’s name. For us, this venue truly stands out. The unique sound and exceptional atmosphere mean that concerts at the St. Pauli Church quickly become unforgettable experiences.
The Schulmuseum in St. Pauli offers a look at the history of schools in Hamburg – from the Wilhelmine period to the present day. During the Reeperbahn Festival, the lecture hall on the second floor is a place to escape the crowds. Let the imposing high-windowed atmosphere and wonderful festival artists carry you away! A true gem in the middle of the Kiez.
UEBEL & GEFÄHRLICH
This music club found its home on the fourth floor of the bunker on Feldstrasse by Heiligengeistfeld. An established name in Hamburg’s music scene, Uebel & Gefährlich is the venue where Milky Chance, AnnenMayKantereit, and Boys Noize had their Reeperbahn Festival gigs. With a ballroom, tower room, and roof terrace, it’s a great place to dance the night away.
The Imperial Theater is Germany’s largest theatre for whodunnit plays, presenting a year-round programme of crime-thriller classics by writers ranging from Agatha Christie to the “master” Edgar Wallace. Every year during the Reeperbahn Festival, the theatre interrupts its schedule and fantastic festival acts take the stage.
The ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg is the central Reeperbahn Festival hotel and THE meeting place for conference delegates. The Reeperbahn Festival Lounge, the Delegates Bar, and several session and workshop locations are found in and around the hotel.
ELBPHILHARMONIE (GRAND HALL)
Reeperbahn Festival has added a spectacular new venue for 2017: Hamburg’s new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie! Three concerts will take place on festival Saturday in the Elbphilharmonie’s impressive Grand Hall: Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something, Owen Pallett & s t a r g a z e and Dillon. Attendance highly recommended! Attention: In order to give as many festivalgoers as possible the opportunity to attend a concert at the Elbphilharmonie during Reeperbahn Festival 2017, a reservation system has been implemented.
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