For four days in September, the international music community meets in St. Pauli district. The eponymous festival takes place on and all around the Reeperbahn strip. As colourful and diverse as the area is the choice of locations and international performing artists: concerts will be hosted in places as different as Molotow music club and the St. Pauli church.
With more than 360 different concerts, readings, art happenings and movie screenings, the festival is packed brimful with highlights for every music lover. From heavy metal and punk to indie, hip-hop, jazz and soul: visitors will have plenty of opportunity to broaden their musical minds beyond genre boundaries. In order not to miss your favourite artists in this plethora of single events, it is highly recommended to download the official festival app!
Music Business Convention
As much as there's to see and do for music fans, Reeperbahn Festival also doubles as one of the most important conferences of the music industry. Representatives of the leading music labels come together and discuss strategies and the latest trends. Among the most significant dates of the event are the ceremonies for the ANCHOR International Music Awards and the International Music Journalism Awards.
Festival 2020 and COVID-19
With COVID-19 still having a significant effect on leisure and cultural events as well as everyday life in September 2020, the organisers of the Reeperbahn Music Festival showed what future media events could look like during a pandemic. With a limited line-up of concerts and performances and an elaborate infection control concept, the Reeperbahn Festival 2020 was a success.
By offering a limited 350 live music shows (instead of the usual 600) and about 130 additional performances and sessions, the vast number of clubs on and around the Reeperbahn strip were better able to comply with hygiene and ventilation requirements. All visitors were required to stick to the usual indoor considerations, such as physical distancing, wearing face masks over the nose and mouth, following directional floor plans, providing contact information in case of emergency, and to follow staff requests in a cooperative and friendly way.
Showcasing and networking events also took place, if only on a smaller scale. But the workshops, and indeed the festival as such, addressed the question of how music culture and industry were being shaped by the current pandemic and what new ways (and chances) could be imagined.
All in all, the 2020 Reeperbahn Festival was unusual but successful. We look forward to an expanded programme in 2021!
22-25 September, 2021
Reeperbahn and St. Pauli
U3 Subway to St. Pauli or S1, S2 and S3 to Reeperbahn
For more information, please visit the official Reeperbahn Festival page.