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Music experiences for every taste

When the beat reverberates through your body, a beautiful soundscape fills your ears and everything is in harmony – then you know it is live music. Arguably, Hamburg offers the most exciting and most diverse live music scene in Northern Europe. This city of music leaves nothing to be desired for music lovers of all genres – from classical concerts to electronic festivals, and from small gigs in intimate settings to a night out at the Grand Hall of the Elbphilharmonie. At countless musicals, opera performances and festivals in Hamburg and its surroundings, and in the vibrant live club scene of St Pauli, guests to the city can experience first-hand that Hamburg breathes live music.

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Highest music enjoyment Classical Music & opera

From chamber ensemble to opera - experience classical concerts in Hamburg. Whether for young or old, the Hamburg locations offer enchanting music at a high classical level for every age group.

Classical Music & opera
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A colourful live music scene – from clubs to open air gigs Rock and pop – live and up close

A launchpad for success: for many musicians Hamburg has served as the stepping stone for an international music career. The most famous example is of course the lads from Liverpool, aka the Beatles. Hamburg draws on a rich and colourful tradition of…

Rock and pop – live and up close
© The Festival Album / Kevin McElvaney

From classic jam sessions to the Elbjazz Festival Jazz

Hamburg is grooving, swinging and jamming. Jazz is an established part of Hamburg’s one-of-a-kind live music scene. In the north German music hub, jazz lovers will find a great choice of concerts across a wide variety of venues, ranging from…

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Musicals & Shows

Experience Hamburg as a musical capital! One of the best and most successful musicals of all times in Hamburg is Disney's THE LION KING, which has now taken small and large to the fascinating world of Africa for over 15 years!

Musicals & Shows
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Beats, bars, and booming basses Hip-hop

Hamburg’s hip-hop scene is shaped by established artists such as Beginner, Samy Deluxe and Fettes Brot as well as a lively community of young, up-and-coming artists. Ace Tee, Chef Boss and Bonez MC are shooting up in the charts and are carrying…

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MCs of the mixing table Electronic music

Hamburg is also one of the leading cities when it comes to electronic music. Whether it is electro pop, house, swing, funk, or drum and base – there is always lots going on in Hamburg’s electronic music scene, and not just only at the weekend.

Electronic music

CONCERTS, FESTIVALS AND MORE Boundless musical experience

Barclaycard Arena
© Barclaycard Arena / Thomas Ebert

The World of Hans Zimmer - A Symphonic Celebration

  • 13.11.2019
  • 20:00
  • Barclaycard Arena
Barclaycard Arena
© Barclaycard Arena / Thomas Ebert

Álvaro Soler - Mar de Colores

  • 15.09.2019
  • 20:00
  • Barclaycard Arena
Barclaycard Arena
© Barclaycard Arena / Thomas Ebert

Alice Cooper

  • 23.09.2019
  • 20:00
  • Barclaycard Arena
Barclaycard Arena
© Barclaycard Arena / Thomas Ebert

David Hasselhoff

  • 20.10.2019
  • 19:00
  • Barclaycard Arena
© Peter Krämer Headcrash

Hedgehog Festival 2019

  • 02.11.2019
  • 16:00
  • headCRASH
Barclaycard Arena
© Barclaycard Arena / Thomas Ebert

Chris De Burgh & Band

  • 10.11.2019
  • 19:00
  • Barclaycard Arena
Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
© Johannes Beschoner

Seeed - Live 2019

  • 13.10.2019
  • 20:00
  • Sporthalle Hamburg

CITY OF MUSIC Discover the sound of Hamburg

© MS DOCKVILLE / Pablo Heimplatz

Abounding occasions for celebrating music Music Festivals

No matter what type of music you’re into, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region offers something for everyone. And as the days get longer, guests to the city can look forward to a wealth of different festivals.

Music Festivals
© Felix Broede

Hamburg’s rich music scene suits every ear Music made in Hamburg

Immerse yourself in music: Hamburg's music history goes back to the 17th century, and the city’s rich and varied music scene continues to attract international attention.

Music made in Hamburg
© The Festival Album / Kevin McElvaney

A Collection by Kevin McElvaney The Festival Album

Magic moments in the here and now, and memories that stay forever: Hamburg-based photographer Kevin McElvaney spent an entire summer capturing the atmosphere at various festivals in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. This has resulted in a colourful, emotional photo exhibition, which has also been turned into an illustrated book – The Festival Album.

The Festival Album



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