Kickoff Reeperbahn Festival: All You Need To Know
Off you go! Take a few minutes to check some vital information before the festival fun begins – we are looking forward to seeing you there!
Where do I get a ticket?
The location of the Ticket Desk is the Festival Village on Heiligengeistfeld.
This is where you can buy tickets and also exchange your ticket for a wristband which you need to get access to the venues.
Opening hours Ticket Desk
Wednesday - Friday: 09:00 am - midnight
Saturday: 10:00 am - midnight
How can I attend a concert at the Elbphilharmonie?
In order to attend a concert at the Elbphilharmonie in the course of Reeperbahn Festival you must make an advance reservation. The reservation period for 2018 has already ended. Further information on how to proceed can be found here.
What bags/luggage can be brought into the events and the Reeperbahn Festival Village?
To ensure all visitors a relaxed Reeperbahn Festival and a smooth entrance, please note the following rules for carrying your bag.
We allow handbags and backpacks: maximum size 210 x 297 mm (equal to DIN A4); gym bags and tote bags: standard sizes 380 x 450 mm (comparable to DIN A3). While enjoying the Reeperbahn Festival programme, you can lock your bags for a small fee of 2,- €/ day in a bag drop located in the Festival Village on Heiligengeistfeld.
Opening hours of the bag drop
Wednesday - Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 am of the following day.
What will take place and when?
On our website, you will find a schedule including a list of our programme items in chronological order with the option of applying a filter. Within the mobile app and on our website, you can select favourites, synchronise them and create your own schedule.
On the morning of every festival day there will be print versions of the timetable hot off the press at our info and ticket desks as well as at various locations! Apart from an overview of all music, art, film, word and education programme items you will also find useful extra information about the festival.
Can I get all this mobile?
In our mobile app (for iOs and Android), you can create your personal schedule as well as get music recommendations based on your personal Deezer music library. Push messages will provide information on current events in the festival area.
Where do I get on-site info?
At the Info Desks on Spielbudenplatz and in the Festival Village on Heiligengeistfeld you will get answers to all issues regarding Reeperbahn Festival. In addition, this is where you will get merchandise, posters, the Reeperbahn Festival Magazine and a timetable hot off the press. By the way, you will recognize Reeperbahn Festival staff by their snazzy Levi’s jackets and t-shirts!
Opening hours Info Desk Spielbudenplatz
Monday - Friday: 2:00 pm - midnight
Saturday: 12:00 pm - midnight
Opening hours Info Desk Festival Village
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - midnight
Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Where are the venues and how do I get there?
In our mobile app and on our website, our map will help you move through the jungle of clubs, theatres, cinemas, coffee shops, etc! The locations will open about 30 minutes before the first concert begins. So, if you would like to attend a certain concert, please come on time; if the capacity of a venue is exceeded, admission cannot be guaranteed. On Spielbudenplatz and at the entrance of Reeperbahn Festival venues there will be security personnel. To keep waiting times short, we have provided rules for bags you can take along (please see above).
Where do I go when I'm hungry?
We also look after your culinary well-being! That's why many food trucks in the Festival Village and on Spielbudenplatz amidst the festival hustle will invite you to feast. Included are Handbrotzeit, Frittenfreude, Minus Gelato, Vincent Vegan, Subu Sushi Burrito and Holy Dogs, just to name a few.
Together with SZENE Hamburg we can now recommend our four favourite food and drink stations during the Reeperbahn Festival: Grilly Idol, Kopiba, Playground Coffee and ÜberQuell – just have a look at #rbf18-Specials.
And if that’s not enough, the highlight at all participating restaurants and cafés will be Eatery Sessions, presented by the Haspa Music Foundation – intimate acoustic concerts by artists from the Reeperbahn Festival line-up. All nice and cozy!
Where do I get a Reeperbahn Festival shirt?
Ahoi! This year, stylish shirts and maritime harbour beanies will be available again, produced in cooperation with Cleptomanicx. Gym and jute bags have again been manufactured with great care by the screen print experts of Frohstoff textile factory, and a natty hoody, designed in cooperation with FC St. Pauli is also for sale.
They are available on our website, at the FC St. Pauli shop and at the Info Desks in the Festival Village and on Spielbudenplatz during opening hours.
Reeperbahn Festival Digital
Which information is available in digital form?
During the Reeperbahn Festival, we will provide you with information via our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Updates on programme changes or entry stop is available via our mobile app as well as Twitter.
The best pictures of the day will be available on our Facebook page every festival night and on Instagram you will find festival impressions. #rbf18
Where can I see concerts when I can't be at the festival every day?
If you can't be at the festival every day, you can still experience it every evening via live streaming from our partners NDR and Arte Concert on our website. Among others you can see: Ray's Reeperbahn Revue, Her and Ibeyi at the Elbphilharmonie, Hugo Helmig and Tom Gregorya at Docks and much more. NJOY, NDR 2 and NDR blue also broadcast live from Reeperbahn Festival. On our social media channels, we will keep you posted on additional live streamings.
Don't Miss It!
Warm-up lap on the eve of Reeperbahn Festival
On Tuesday, 18.09., two true gems will be waiting for you, inviting you to a very special warm-up lap. ZEIT CAMPUS, the student magazine of the newspaper ZEIT, will celebrate its first festival event at the stylish Mojo Club starting at 8:00 pm – also present: Fuck Art, Let's Dance!, Trümmer, Mavi Phoenix and special guests. With your Reeperbahn Festival ticket access it’s free! Show your Reeperbahn Festival ticket at the entrance after a registration here using the password: CAMPUS_X_REEPERBAHN.
Moreover, the music documentary "Here to be Heard -The Story of the Slits" will have its German premiere with Tessa Pollitt as guest at the Abaton cinema at 9 p.m. Access is free for holders of Reeperbahn Festival tickets.
ANCHOR – Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award
This year for the third time, the ANCHOR - Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award will be conferred.These eight nominees will be trying to convince the festival audience and the top-class jury, consisting of Tony Visconti, Jason Bentley, Linda Perry, Skye Edwards and Cassandra Steen:
FRUM, 8:30 pm, Nochtspeicher
Blanco White, 22:45 pm, Imperial Theater
Faces on TV, 7:40 pm, Nochtspeicher
TIWAYO, 9:40 pm, Imperial Theater
Anna Aaron, 11:10 pm, Imperial Theater
HOPE, 8:00 pm, Nochtspeicher
Tamino, 9:20 pm, Imperial Theater
Freya Ridings, 10:50 pm, Imperial Theater
ANCHOR Award Gala, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, St. Pauli Theater, Spielbudenplatz
Keychange – Empowering women in music
In 2018, gender equality is not yet the social standard but rather a desired goal. Whether in everyday life or on the job, whether in politics or in cultural life: women are underrepresented, and this is also the case in the music business – it will not fully exploit its possibilities if it does not support female artists. To bring about changes actively, the Reeperbahn Festival 2017 has initiated Keychange in cooperation with the PRS Foundation and further international partners. Please prepare for a radical programme of Keychange Day which will reflect all the topics ranging from feminism and pop culture, diversity and discrimination – in workshops among others with Linda Perry and Tony Visconti, discussions, speeches, film performances, concerts and parties on the festival Thursday.
Work premieres at Reeperbahn Festival
The Reeperbahn Festival with its numerous venues is the ideal set for premieres of any kind – whether at the opulent Elbphilharmonie or at St. Michaelis main church (Michel).
This year, we will have three very special world premieres in the line-up again: Get Well Soon, Bear’s Den and David August.
Bienvenue: Country focus France
In the past years, the focus country enriched Reeperbahn Festival not only personally but also with regard to musical quality and diversity. In 2018, with the Le Bureau Export we will be looking towards France. Look forward to an extremely vast programme highlighting in detail the multifaceted musical nature of France in concerts, showcases, sessions and networking events.
Here you will find an overview of all the artists from our country partner France!
Happy to see you!
The Reeperbahn Festival Team