Reeperbahn Festival 23-25 September 2010
For a weekend in September, the limelight is off Berlin as Germany’s top party city and instead, lets Hamburg nightlife take centre stage. The legendary live-music Reeperbahn Festival runs from 23-25 September across 20 venues in the Hamburg red light district. Your ticket (1, 2 or 3-day pass) gives access to all 150 gigs so you can hop from bar to concert hall, pub to club with ease. There are no muddy wellies or water-logged tents. Instead, organise somewhere to crash and book a bed at one of the hostels in Hamburg.
Gigs only kick-off in the evening so you’ve all day to sleep off last night’s hard partying or take the opportunity to explore the rest of Hamburg. We’ve put together a budget city guide just for you along with line-up, ticket, accommodation and transport information.
The line-up is now complete (woo-hoo Blood Red Shoes and Chilly Gonzales!) and you can view the complete line-up here. We love the facility on the festival website which allows you to create and print your own personal timetable. Have a play.
As with all these ‘one ticket gives entry to all’ type festivals, you need to get to venues early to be guaranteed entry. The bigger acts will be busy.
Programmes will also be available at venues across Hamburg.
Your ticket gives you access to all of the gigs so you have the freedom to hop fromvenue to venue. Just make sure you arrive early if you have your heart set on a particular band.
Buy tickets for the Reeperbahn Festival 2010 from Eventim
3-day (Thurs-Sat) €59
2-day (Thurs+Fri or Fri+Sat) €45
1-day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) €29
You need to exchange your ticket for a festival wristband.
Your wristband can be collected on the days of the event from 3pm to 1am from the ticket counter at Spielbudenplatz and on Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 1am at the ticket counters at 36 Große Freiheit and Knust.
Reeperbahn Festival Songwriter Camp
Industry specialists demonstrate how they create, develop and turn simple tunes into big hits.
When: Saturday 6pm-8pm
Where: Silber, 27 Silbersackstraße
Feeling fired up on the first night? Head to an after party on the opening nights
Molotow bar from 00:40 on Thursday, Delikatess All Star DJ Team
Hasenschaukel from 11pm on Thursday, About Songs Abend
Reeperbahn Arts runs exhibitions, music-related film screenings and, the odd one out, the Flatstock Music Poster Convention where artists sell hand-printed copies for low rates.
25 panels and 1000 attendees from music, games, film and media hold discussions and Q&A sessions.
Your ticket and wristband covers public transport to and from the festival on the day your ticket is valid on.
Arriving by public transport:
Arriving at “Hamburg Hauptbahnhof“, main station: Either take the tramway S1 in direction “Wedel” or the tramway S3 in direction “Pinneberg” and get off at “Reeperbahn”. You can also take the tramway U3 (in direction “Sternschanze” / “Schlump”) and get off at “St. Pauli”.
They are selling out fast but we’ve found a number of hostels in Hamburg which still have private or dorm rooms available for 3 nights from the 23rd September.
Meininger Hotel Hamburg City Center has dorms available from €25pppn
Hotel Figaro has private rooms for €39pppn
A&O Hamburg Reeperbahn has private rooms available for €56pppn
Hamburg City Guide
Cheap Eats and Drink…
3 Zimmer Wohnung (22 Talstrasse): If you like nightlife with a personal and intimate touch, try this 3-room apartment. Relax on the couch, lay on the bed (pssst, there’s a PlayStation in the bedside cabinet!), play board games and grab a drink from the bar in the kitchen. You’ll feel right at home as though at a friend’s private party
Café Mimosa (87 Clemens Schultz Strabe): A lovely and cosy spot for breakfast with speciality coffee and homemade brioche or go for a tasty lunch of toasted sandwiches, soups and pasta.
Strandpauli (89 HafenstraBe): Settle in to a deck chair and watch the ships come and go in Hamburg’s busy harbour. The place has something of a beach vibe and hosts a number of events and does a good hearty breakfast from 10am.
Hatari (77 EulenstraBe): Come here for good German classic dishes including large portions and well-priced schnitzel, burgers, tarte flambées and pfälzer saumagen (stuffed pig’s stomach!). The decor playfully pokes fun at German clichés.
Things to do…
Dialog im Dunkeln (4 Alter Wandrahm): At Dialogue in the Dark you experience what it is like to be blind. Here you are lead by blind guides in small groups through specially constructed rooms with different smells, sounds, temperatures and textures typically encountered in everyday environments. Reserve in advance and ask for an English guide. 60 minute tour €15
Speicherstadt: Spices, oriental carpets, coffee and cocoa were once stored in the many Gothic-style warehouses here in the 19th century. Best viewed when illuminated at night, take an hour-long boat tour of the area from Landungsbrücken pier.
The FABRIK (36 Barnerstr): It once housed machinery building parts for the shipping industry but this 150-year-old former factory is now a culture events holding concerts, plays and political rallies. Check out what’s happening in advance or try the flea market which is held once a month on a Saturday from 9am-3pm and is free entry. Find out about future events at The FABRIK.
St. Nikolai Church (60 Willy Brandt Strasse): Hamburg was heavily bombed in WWII. Inside you can watch documentaries and view exhibitions about the affected districts during the 1940s. Ride the elevator to the top for a 360° view of the city.
Cheap Flights to Hamburg
For a 3-night stay in Hamburg between Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th September both Ryanair & Easyjet have flights from London Stansted or London Gatwick for under €120*
*Price correct on 8th September 2010
Absynthe Minded, Adolar, Ali Love, Amanda Jenssen, Amo Jr., Babylon Circus, Balthazar, Band Of Skullsbeat!, beat!beat!, Ben Howard, Bernd Begemann, Black Earth, Blackmarket, Blood Red Shoes, Boy, Brandt Brauer Frick, Bye Bye Bicycle, C-Mon & Kypski, Caitlin Rose, Captain PlanET, Cee Lo Green, Champions, Clara Bow, Cosmo Jarvis, Curry & Coco, Customs, Dan Mangan, De Staat, Deer Tick, Donovan, Dota und die Stadtpiraten, Earl Greyhound, Edwyn Collins, Egyptian Hip Hop, Eivør Pálsdóttir, Elin Ruth Sigvardsson, EP’s Trailer Park, Evening Hymns, Exit Calm, Fehlfarben, Féloche, FM BELFAST, For a Minor Reflection, Fotos, Frank Turner, Frida Gold, Friska Viljor DJ-Team, Fuck Art Let’s Dance!, Gabe Dixon, Game Ove, Ganes, Ginger Ninja, Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Go Astronaut, Goldhawks, Goldheart Assembly, Gonzales (Film + live) Gonzales (Piano Show), Grant Campbell, Hamel, Hannah Georgas, Hans Unstern, Hellberg & Areskog, Heroes & Zeros, High Quality Girls, Hjaltalín, Horse Feathers, Hundreds, Imaad Wasif, Irie Révoltés, Isbells, James Yuill, Janina, Jochen Distelmeyer, Johnossi, Junip (José González, Tobias Winterkorn, Elias Araya), Karima Francis, Kat Frankie, Kellermensch, klein, Kobert, Kristofer Åström, Kurran and the Wolfnotes, LaBrassBanda, Lars and The Hands of Light, Laura Jansen, Leilanautik, Lena Malmborg, Life in Film, LoneLady, Love Amongst Ruin, Lydia Daher, Lyrebirds, Maike Rosa Vogel, Marie Fisker, Marina & The Diamonds, Marit Larsen, Max Prosa, Michael Squire, Minna von Bahrenfeld, MIT, Moddi, Mohna, Mother-Unit, Moto Boy, Mounir, Murder, Murmansk, Musée Mécanique, Nabiha, Nedry, Neon Pingu Pussys, Nils Frahm, Nils Koppruch, Ólöf Arnalds, Onkel Berni, pandoras.box, Parfum Brutal, Petula, Potion, Prinzhorn Dance School, Punk TV, PVT, Rox, Royal Republic, Saalschutz, Schlachthofbronx, Selah Sue, Silje Nes, Simon Says No!, Spaceman Spiff, Still Flyin’, Stornoway, Superpunk, Talking to Turtles, The Black Angels, The Black Atlantic, The Black Box Revelation, The Broken Beats, The Carolines, The Chap, The Crookes, The Dandies, The Great Bertholinis, The Irrepressibles, The Jack Stafford Foundation, The Jolly Boys, The Late Call, The Lost Crew, The Megaphonic Thrift, The Mountains & The Trees, The Popopopops, The Rumour Said Fire, The Sewergrooves, Thee Attacks, This Will Destroy You, Tian, Tim Neuhaus & Band, Timber Timbre, Timo Räisänen, To All My Friends, Torpedo, Toy Horses, Treetop Flyers, Tusq, uijuijui, ULTRNX, Venus In Flames, Videoclub, Vierkanttretlager, Wax Tailor, Who Knew, Wild Palms, Wilhelm Tell Me, William the Contractor, Wolf Parade, Woodpigeon, Wrongkong, Young Rebel Set, ZPYZ.