Thanks for a splendid Reeperbahn Festival 2019!

After four exciting days and an overwhelming amount of intense impressions the 14th edition of Reeperbahn Festival is over - a huge THANK YOU to all festival and conference visitors. This year, the ANCHOR goes to alyona alyona: Congratulations! We had over 50,000 visitors in four days, including 5,900 industry visitors from 52 nations! Sit back and relive the festival feeling with our highlights in form of pictures and video!

With DOORS OPEN on Wednesday evening, for the first time this year we officially launched the Reeperbahn Festival. We are still full of gratitude and joy thinking of all the shiny faces and of the packed location – you're really the best! Here you can have a close peek at the full spectacle as well as at the performances of Dope Lemon and Leslie Feist.

The world premieres of Ólafur Arnalds, Efterklang, Matthew Herbert and Anna Ternheim, specially developed for the Reeperbahn Festival, sent shivers down the spine of visitors at the Elbphilharmonie and Hamburg Planetarium.

Another highlight: the presentation of the Keychange 2.0 programme for more gender justice in the music industry. During the press conference, Pitchfork editor-in-chief Puja Patel, musicians Kate Nash, Peaches and Reeperbahn Festival director Alexander Schulz announced the new goals and measures of the international music gender balance initiative.

The Reeperbahn Festival 2020 will take place from 16-19 September with Denmark as partner country! Early bird tickets for the festival and conference are now available. And best of all: The first act for the upcoming line-up has already been confirmed. Tash Sultana is coming to the Reeperbahn Festival 2020!

We want to know how you enjoyed the Reeperbahn Festival 2019! Here you can share your thoughts with us and win great prizes!

All winners of the Reeperbahn Festival 2019 at a glance:

Der Helga!® Festival Award

  • Best Festival: Open Flair Festival
  • Best Booking: Haldern Pop
  • Best Inclusion: Zurück zu den Wurzeln Festival
  • Best Bargain: WATT EN SCHLICK FEST
  • Best Reinvention: Artlake Festival
  • Most Inspiring Festival Idea: alínæ lumr

VIA – VUT Indie Award

  • Best Newcomer: Alice Merton
  • Best Label: Grönland Records
  • Best Act: Apparat
  • Best Album: Bilderbuch – “Mea Culpa"
  • Best Experiment: Holly Herndon & Jlin (feat. Spawn) – "Godmother" und Nik Nowak – "The  Mantis" (Installation und Performance mit Kode9, Infinite Livez und Moritz Stumm)
  • VIA Special Award: Matthias Hornschuh

IMJA – International Music Journalism Award

  • Best Music Business Journalist of the Year: Jon Chapple, IQ Magazine
  • Best Music Journalist of the Year - German: Juliane Liebert // Author & Journalist, Radioeins, frequent pop texts for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, SWR2, Spiegel, Rolling Stone
  • Best Music Journalist of the Year - English: Vivien Goldman // Journalist, Author & Musician
  • Best Music Journalist of the Year - French: Adrien Durand // Among others Les Inrockuptibles
  • The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism - Text - German: Aida Baghernejad // Ain't A Human? - Kaput
  • The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism - Text - English: Laudatio for Joshi Hardik // Music and Nature - Music Plus
  • The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism - Text - French: Robin Ecoeur // Un Peu, Beaucoup, À La Folie - Un Web-Documentaire Sur L'Industrie Musicale Et La Santé Mentale Des Musiciens - Gonzaï / Racontr
  • The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism - Audio - German: Jan Kawelke & Vassili Golod // Machiavelli - The Podcast on Rap & Politics - WDR Cosmo
  • The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism - Audio - English: Jake Brennan // Disgraceland - Disgraceland
  • The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism - Multimedia - German: Isabel Röttger & Michael Kutscher // Rap in Buenos Aires: Duki & Co. Take Over Argentina - Arte/Tracks
  • The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism - Multimedia - English: Various Journalists // Website -
  • Best Work of Music Journalism, Under 30 - German: Lina Burghausen // 365 Female MCs - Mona Lina; Malcolm Ohanwe // Wir Sind Zu Viele: Warum Deutscher Pop Nicht Mehr Weiss Bleibt - Bayerischer Rundfunk; Johann Voigt // Wer GZUZ' Realness Feiert, Darf Bei Seiner Frauenfeindlichkeit Nicht Weghören - Vice ** (** Due to legal concerns, the editors withdrew the submitted/nominated text from their website)

New Music Award der jungen ARD Wellen

  • Newcomer of the year: Majan
  • Starter of the year: Giant Rooks

International Sound Awards (ISA):

  • Grand Prix | Audio Branding: Axel Springer Audio Branding | why do birds GmbH
  • Social & Culture: CyMagic | Healing Music, Israel
  • Product: dearVR SPATIAL CONNECT | Dear Reality GmbH, Germany
  • Audio Branding: ICT - The Sounds of Costa Rica | Publimark Mullen Lowe, Costa Rica
  • Social & Culture: Inclusion Rocks! Music for all | Handiclapped - Kultur Barrierefrei e.V., Germany
  • Social & Culture: Loopfree | Loopfree, UK
  • Grand Prix | Soundscapes and Ambient Sound: Soundscape Design for Helsinki New Children’s Hospital | Aalto University, Finland
  • Soundscapes and Ambient Sound: Sounds of Silence | Idee und Klang GmbH, Switzerland
  • Universal Design: Swedbank Soundscaping | Lexter Ljuddesign AB, Sweden
  • Services and Sound-startups: Weav Music: Music Evolved | Weav Music Inc., USA

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