Next week is the big day and for the sprint, to the festival, we have put together some 68 new acts for you today! 

Starting with Alice Merton, presenting her recently released new album “S.I.D.E.S” and hit the top ten across almost all of Europe with her debut album “Mint” featuring the huge hits “No Roots” and “Why So Serious”. The duo KLAN gives German-language pop a very welcome update with songs from their debut “Zwei Seiten” spanning pop, electro and indie rock, while Verifiziert combines contemporary r'n'b, cloud rap and beats ranging from reggaeton to lo-fi house with the cloud pop of their highly acclaimed debut “40100”, blending a sultry feel-good vibe with melancholy.
In addition to the almost fully booked concert by MINE on 23 September at the Elbphilharmonie, there will be two more world premieres with programmes created especially for Reeperbahn Festival: Betterov & Friends will play a Reeperbahn Festival session on Friday, 23 September, at St Michaelis Church, with Olli Schulz, Fil Bo Riva, Paula Hartmann and Novaa announced to join them.
Anna Calvi will perform with a string quartet for the first time as part of her show at the Elbphilharmonie on Saturday, 24 September! 


Further announcements:  

futurebae | BILBAO | Thomas Headon | YellowStraps | Leepa | Kingswood | SALÒ | SONS | Merci, Mercy | Oskar Haag | Panic Shack | Ebow | BABYJOY | Sofia Portanet | Ravi Kuma | Chocolate Remix | Victoria Canal | Imen Siar | Low Hummer | BĘÃTFÓØT | Rosa Anschütz | Tom A. Smith | Phoxjaw | KOKO | Nalan | Ithaca | PENDANT | 2CB | King LX | Moyo Ray | Annie Chops | Tanika Charles | Her Skin | The Scratch | Ian Fisher | Kratzen | Paula Carolina | Älice | KERFOR | K not K | Kill Strings | LaHasna | Love’n’Joy | YATWA | Perrin | Тонка (Tonka) | Signe Marie Rustad | KEBU & Saymory | Pillow Fire | Krapka;Koma | Olowski | Hyphen Dash | Maryana Klochko | DAS NEU | Dark Tropics | Hoofa | Junket | Lucas Bird | Future Humans | The Brandy Alexanders | Diaphanie | WAYNE SNOW | Juice Menace | SOFY 


Reeperbahn Festival 2022 will start on Wednesday with our Reeperbahn Festival Opening Show at the Stage Operettenhaus, hosted by Hadnet Tesfai and with exciting contributions from Amy Gutmann and Natalia Klitschko, among others. Alyona Alyona, Zoe Wees, Jan Delay and the cast of the multi-award-winning US musical HAMILTON will perform live. There will also be a surprise star guest: Stay tuned!  

Singer songwriter and activist Natalia Klitschko will make a keynote speech on the impact of the war in Ukraine on artists and culture professionals, focussing particular on artistic creativity in exile.
The current most high-profile export to the international music market is Zoe Wees (DEU), who will present her new single “Daddy’s Eyes” at the opening. 

Amy Gutmann, United States Ambassador to Germany, represents this year's partner country, the USA. Her keynote speech on the power of social transformation will focus on the creation of cultural and living environments that are free of prejudice and discrimination. This passionate commitment will be underlined by a powerful live performance by the HAMILTON cast, who will also exclusively preview the upcoming German première of the multi-award winning Broadway musical. 

The music performances of Hamburg’s chief styler No.1 Jan Delay (DEU) and the performance of the second song of the international guest will conclude the Reeperbahn Festival Opening. And they lead on to what the next four days are all about: music, finally able to play live to real audiences in full houses once again! 

The opening concert of the Reeperbahn Festival 2022 features British rapper Loyle Carner (GBR), whose two albums “Yesterday’s Gone” and “Not Waving, But Drowning” have scooped major attention not only in his home country but also in Germany. 

Admission to the opening show and the following concert is possible with an invitation or a Reeperbahn Festival ticket valid on the Wednesday of the festival. For Reeperbahn Festival ticket holders, the first-come-first-served principle applies. 

Recordings of the Reeperbahn Festival Opening are available on the Press site of Reeperbahn Festival website. 



Reeperbahn Festival regards itself as an international cultural ambassador and is committed to an open society and justice both on and off stage. This will be highlighted at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival in light of the ongoing war in Ukraine. One of two showcases in cooperation with willkommensKULTUR Berlin and the Ukrainian protest movement Vitsche Culture takes place on Wednesday straight after the festival opening at headCRASH. Followed by another showcase on Friday starting at 05:00 pm at Thomas Read Disco, in cooperation with Music Export Ukraine. The two showcases featuring Ukrainian acts are taking place to foster and maintain contact and exchange with the local music scene. Precise details of the programme and all participating acts for each showcase are listed here. 


Unfortunately cancelled for the Reeperbahn Festival 2022:  

Bonaparte & Sophie Hunger → Change of programme to Bonaparte & Kid Simius Saya Noé
Shanii 22
Oliver Francis
Mabe Fratti
Black Orchid Empire
Witch Fever
Hurray for the Riff Raff 

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