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Rock and pop – live and up close

A colourful live music scene – from clubs to open air gigs

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 music. Of course the live clubs of St Pauli play an important role here, with the Reeperbahn Festival featuring over 500 bands from all over the world each year. And yet there is much more to Hamburg’s live music scene than the Reeperbahn entertainment mile, which attracts 30 million visitors annually. Rock and pop concerts can be experienced in an array of venues, among them Fabrik, Markthalle, Kampnagel, Knust, Grosse Freiheit 36, Docks, Grünspan, Molotow, and the Mojo Club as well as about 125 other live music clubs. Large venues include e.g. the Stadtpark and the Barclaycard Arena, inviting newcomers and global stars to perform live on stage. Every little gig, every concert and every cheering crowd demonstrates the amazing diversity of Hamburg’s live music scene.

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Ms Dockville Festival
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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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Astra-Stube

  • Live club
  • Bar

This bar was called Astra-Stube when our granddads were going there. At the end of the 1990s, a live music venue was opened at the same location, however.

Astra-Stube

Astra-Stube

Max-Brauer-Allee 200
22769 Hamburg

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Bar 227

  • Live Club
  • Bar

And another night spot located directly on the Sternbrücke. Bar 227 is the newest live music venue at this busy intersection.

Bar 227

Bar 227

Max-Brauer-Allee 227
22769 Hamburg

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Barclaycard Arena Hamburg

Barclaycard Arena is the most successful multifunctional arena in the north of Germany and since 2002 has been staging up to 140 events every year. Whether it's in sport, diverse shows or numerous rock and pop concerts: Barclacard Hamburg is the "Home of the Stars"!

Barclaycard Arena Hamburg

Barclaycard Arena Hamburg

Sylvesterallee 10
22525 Hamburg

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Docks

  • Live club

The docks are known far beyond Hamburg's city limits. Stars from all over the world have already performed on the stage of the music club. Centrally located on the Reeperbahn, the Docks is the place to go for music-loving night owls.

Docks

Docks

Spielbudenplatz 19
20359 Hamburg

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FABRIK

One of the most famous cultural and communication centres in Germany is located in the building of a former machine factory.

FABRIK

Fabrik

Barnerstr. 36
22765 Hamburg

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FROM CLUBS TO OPEN AIR GIGS Rock & Pop – Live music in Hamburg

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  • Sporthalle Hamburg

CITY OF MUSIC Discover the sound of Hamburg

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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
The Festival Album
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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
Die Beatles in Hamburg
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A Milestone in Pop Music The Beatles in Hamburg

In the matter of two years, five young lads from Liverpool transformed into the most famous pop band of the 1960s: the Beatles! It was in the live music clubs of St Pauli that the Beatles developed their distinctive style and laid the foundations for their world career

The Beatles in Hamburg

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