NYC Edition at A2IM Indie Week

Access to the US Independent Market


At the start of June, the Reeperbahn Festival returned to Manhattan to host the second Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition on June 7. Once again, this step into the world’s leading music market, taking place in "the city of all cities”, has been part of the official American Association of Independent Music’s (A2IM) Indie Week.

Reeperbahn Festival is one of Europe’s leading music business conference and festival platforms, voted Best European Indoor Festival 2016 at the European Festival Awards, which continues to grow its global appeal through its collaborations with the world’s most important industry organisations and events.

The 2017 Reeperbahn Festival delegation to Indie Week consisted of 24 European professionals representing 18 businesses active in the music industry, including labels, management companies, production entities, distributors, conventions, and export offices from countries such as Germany, Austria, Denmark, Latvia, and Portugal.

A2IM's Indie Week is the annual convention of the largest network of US independent music companies and took place at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (107 Suffolk St., New York, NY 10002) on New York City’s Lower East Side. The event attracts close to a thousand members, associate members, and partners from across the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Australia. 

The Lower East Side of Manhattan holds a truly iconic, almost mythical status in the cultural landscape of New York. Packed with galleries, boutiques, deli’s and live venues, acts such as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, and Patti Smith became synonymous with the neighbourhood. Venues such as CBGB’s, the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge, C-Squat, and Arlene’s Grocery helped create a legend. 

Another of these famous places, Pianos (158 Ludlow St) hosted the A2IM Official Reeperbahn Festival Showcase on Wednesday June 7th at 7pm. 

  • Lounge: songwriter Megan Bonnell (Canada), We Bless This Mess (Portugal), and Lydmor (Denmark).
  • Main Stage: indie-pop band Carnival Youth (Latvia), electro-poppers Leyya (Austria), Berlin-based songwriter Olivier St. Louis, and, last but not least, the winner of ANCHOR 2016, Albin Lee Meldau.

Just prior to the showcase, producer legend Tony Visconti revealed the jury for ANCHOR 2017 at Teatro SEA at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002), which started at 6 pm.

RBF NYC Edition 2017 | Recap Movie


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