Premieres With Magical Backdrop
With its many different venues, the Reeperbahn Festival is an excellent setting for all kinds of premieres – whether at the opulent Elbphilharmonie or St. Michaelis main church (Michel). This year, there will be three premieres in the line-up which you should not miss. The programme is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.
The main church St. Michaelis has been a Reeperbahn Festival venue for years. The Michelis one of the landmarks of the Hanseatic city and, with its spectacular nave, it is perfectly suited for the premiere of “Nightmares”, the current live programme of Konstantin Gropper and his band Get Well Soon. Accompanied by string and wind instruments and top-class guest singers and his father Walter Gropper on the Arp-Schnitger-Organ, he will present orchestral songs from his new album “The Horror” in their most dramatic form for the first time.
Moreover, at the Elbphilharmonie two premieres will be staged during the Reeperbahn Festival. There is, for example, the London-based indie-folk formation Bear's Den (photo) which, in cooperation with the British composer Paul Frith (Radiohead, The xx) will present re-arranged songs from their two previous albums. In addition, the composer, DJ and sound engineer David August from Hamburg will bring his very own version of contemporary electronic music into the philharmonic hall. With his individual lighting concept, August’s performance at the Reeperbahn Festival will be his first concert in Germany since 2016.