© MS DOCKVILLE / Pablo Heimplatz

Music Festivals

Abounding occasions for celebrating music

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. This is where people get together amidst a unique atmosphere that can only be found in Hamburg – whether it is the impressive backdrop of the port, the iconic Elbphilharmonie, or the numerous live clubs around the Reeperbahn. In Hamburg, the festival season is celebrated in many different ways, ranging from arty/experimental to beautifully classical, and from solemn church interiors to open-air events under the starry sky. You can enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, or head for idyllic landscapes in Hamburg’s surroundings – it is all up to you. One of the highlights of the festival season is the Reeperbahn Festival, Europe's largest club festival – with 500 bands and newcomers from around the world performing at over 90 venues across the St Pauli district, including the legendary live clubs where the Beatles once kicked off their world career.

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Elbjazz
© Joerg Schwalfenberg

10th Elbjazz

Every year the ELBJAZZ Festival in the port of Hamburg is an absolute must for all jazz lovers. In 2021, the Port of Hamburg will once again become a hub for jazz from all over the world. And this year the probably most maritime festival in the world will celebrate its tenth anniversary!

10th Elbjazz

Elbjazz Festival

Hermann-Blohm-Straße 3
20457 Hamburg

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Hamburger Kultursommer
© Franck Sehrsam fkp Scorpio

11th Hamburger Kultursommer

Here Hamburg rocks under the open sky! The Hamburger Kultursommer is an annual open air event series on the racetrack in Bahrenfeld. Every year in summer, big concerts take place there.

11th Hamburger Kultursommer

Hamburger Kultursommer

Luruper Chaussee 30
22761 Hamburg

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Ms Dockville Festival
© MS DOCKVILLE / Axel Schilling

14th MS DOCKVILLE Festival

Dockville, Hamburg's annual festival of music and art, will take place for the fourteenth time in 2021 - with an unprecedented presentation of visual art and musical line-up, the small independent Dockville team will set new standards this year with the "Open-Air-Festival" format.

14th MS DOCKVILLE Festival

MS DOCKVILLE Festival

Schlengendeich 21
21107 Hamburg

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48h Wilhelmsburg
© Jan Linnemann

48h Wilhelmsburg

Music from the Elbe islands: Every year the Wilhelmsburg district is transformed into a festival stage. The festival "48h Wilhelmsburg" reflects the musical diversity of the colourful neighbourhood. A festival for all the senses.

48h Wilhelmsburg

Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg

Mengestraße 20
21107 Hamburg

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Slamville
© SLAMVILLE / Pablo Heimplatz

5th SLAMVILLE Festival

The SLAMVILLE celebrates the word - in slams, songs and everything in between. On July 24, 2021, the crème de la crème of German slam culture and selected music acts will gather for the fifth time at the Wilhelmsburger Reiherstieg.

5th SLAMVILLE Festival

SLAMVILLE

Reiherstieg-Hauptdeich
21107 Hamburg

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Internationales Musikfest Hamburg
© Marcia Lessa

6th International Music Festival Hamburg

"Faith" was the motto of the 5th International Music Festival Hamburg, which would have take place from April 24 to May 25, 2020. Following its four forerunners in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019, the music festival is thus once again setting course for an annual rhythm.

6th International Music Festival Hamburg

Internationales Musikfest Hamburg

Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1
20457 Hamburg

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CITY OF MUSIC Discover the sound of Hamburg

The Festival Album
© The Festival Album / Kevin McElvaney

The Festival Album Hamburg's festival culture captured in beautiful photos

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.

Hamburg's festival culture captured in beautiful photos
© M. Sensche

Music experiences for every taste Music Genres

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.

Music Genres
© 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

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