When it comes to great music, Hamburg delivers. We know this and we want to show you! Starting in April, we’re taking you along as we hit the city’s clubs for concerts by newcomers. So, don’t miss out, dear music lovers – we’ve got some exciting nights in store for you as we crisscross the city and crisscross musical genres with Reeperbahn Festival for Lovers!

LOUKA & Kaind | 31.03.2017 | Kleiner Donner

LOUKA already treated us to her singer-songwriter pop at Reeperbahn Festival last September. Since then, the young talent from Berlin’s Wedding district has been at work on her debut album, which is due out before the end of the year. Also releasing a debut album in 2017 is synth-pop artist Kaind, whose compositions aim to break with convention and are chock-full of melancholy. Check out Facebook starting on 23rd March for a chance to win 2x2 guest list spots.

Bleu Roi | 01.03.2017 | kukuun

A band that says it draws inspiration from José Gonzáles, Sigur Rós, and Bon Iver has got to have a pretty outstanding singer. And Bleu Roi from Basel certainly does. Shortly before the release of their debut album “Of Inner Cities”, Bleu Roi performed at Reeperbahn Festival 2016 where the band’s melancholic yet high-energy synthpop was a big hit. They’ll be at kukuun on 1 March – tickets for the show can be won on Facebook!

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Basecamp + Support | 22.11.2016 | Häkken

Mark your autumn concert calendar – the spectacularly psychedelic electro sound of Basecamp is coming, complete with haunting melodies, intense bass lines, and heavy percussion. The three guys from Nashville toured with Chvrches, working their magic with their multifaceted music. And now the trio will be in Germany, with their new EP, “In Stone”, ready to take concertgoers on a journey into vast, wide open spaces. Let the sound transport you – Basecamp!

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KUF + Support | 29.10.2016 | Häkken

KUF do a unique and very club-ready R&B, but with a rough-hewn cut-up techno aesthetic. Performing live with keyboards, bass, and drums, they structure their music around vocals. But there’s no singer on stage for their live shows – they work with self-recorded samples. Come hear KUF’s exciting, utterly extraterrestrial sound for yourself – high-contrast, high-energy guaranteed!

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 Khruangbin + Support | 22.06.2016 | Häkken

The remarkable debut album of this Texan trio is influenced by 60s Thai funk, as is the band’s name (which translates as “aeroplane”). Khruangbin’s music is mainly instrumental and occupies a psychedelic space; succinct, dynamically played guitar meets cool bass and versatile drums. Vocals are sporadic and when heard they’re like a breath of wind. What’s clearly audible are the influences of 60s Latin rock, Spaghetti Western and Tarantino soundtracks, and surf rock.

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Kate Tempest - Book tour | 02.06.2016 | Häkken

Award-winning rapper and poet Kate Tempest’s debut novel “The Bricks that Built the Houses” (the German translation, “Worauf du dich verlassen kannst”, published by Rowohlt, is out on 21 May) takes readers into the dark, pounding heart of London where life beats to the enduring rhythm of drugs, desire, and friendship. After a hugely successful concert tour last year, Kate Tempest is now on tour with her book. Get excited!

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Einar Stray Orchestra | 09.05.2016 | Nochtspeicher

Norwegian band Einar Stray Orchestra is still something of a well-kept secret in Norway’s music underground. Back in the autumn of 2012 they played a packed St. Pauli Church in Hamburg during the Reeperbahn Festival – the audience was so quiet you could’ve heard a pin drop, and the music industry people in attendance had tears in their eyes.

The new album “Politricks” tells the tale of the band members’ transition from childhood innocence to the not-so-innocent world of adulthood. Musical influences include Sufjan Stevens and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Dark melancholy and carefully placed orchestral arrangements combine with a penchant for pop music. Stray occasionally sets aside the distinctive piano sound in favour of walls of guitar or atmospheric shoegaze and invites listeners on a spectacularly varied journey that leads from fragile, intimate a cappella pieces such as “For the Country” to escalating rock crescendos.

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