With both feet on the ground
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Authenticity, euphoria and, when appropriate, a pinch of self-righteousness.
For Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, Hamburg is not just the beginning of a deep artistic and personal friendship, it is also the place where the duo set up BOY, one of the most successful and pleasant German pop acts of late. Since they started out, a few things have happened: two successful albums, an enthusiastic audience and sold-out tours with a complete band. What remains: two gifted female musicians who have already performed at Angies Nightclub during the 2010 Reeperbahn Festival and who are now returning to their old haunts.
One of the Reeperbahn Festival favourites, the band Friska Viljor, are also old acquaintances. The two charismatic Swedes are celebrating their tenth band anniversary this year, and there is no better place to do so than the Reeperbahn Festival. Romping across the festival with their folk-inspired songs, they always leave behind a euphorically smiling audience, staggering through the night with sweat-soaked T-shirts and hurting feet.
The Munich-based rapper Fatoni not only comments on the madness of day-to-day existence with verbal wit, a precise power of observation and a pinch of self-righteousness when appropriate, he also reacts to current political events.
When you listen to their raw and energetic blues-rock, it is hard to believe that the members of the American duo Deap Vally met at a crotchet club. Whining guitars, stoic percussion and the screaming voice of the vocalist Lindsey Troy will definitely break any crotchet needle. And make the audience's ears burn.
Much softer, but equally captivating, is the music of Frances. The 23-year-old London musician is a newcomer and very popular in the British Isles. With her soulful pop songs, she not only hits the pulse of the times, she has also attracted the attention of some great pop stars: Sia, Beck and Adele's fellow musician Greg Kurstin have all written songs for this young mega-talent.
The British-Danish soul singer Alex Vargas has been in the business for much longer; still, he is probably one of the shooting stars of 2016. He left Denmark at 17, started several music projects in London, wrote songs for other artists and then decided to start a solo career. How lucky we are: nobody could sing his poetic and emotional songs better than he himself.