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Reeperbahn Festival
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Concerts & Live Music

Hamburg is a great place for great music

From classical music to electro festivals, from music history to a lively live scene and club culture. Europe's first civic opera opened here in 1678, sons of the city and grand masters of classical music such as Brahms and Telemann are part of the good tone, and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg shines beyond the Hanseatic city as a cultural landmark in a class of its own. Hamburg is the gateway to the world of music: In the 1960s, the Beatles laid the foundation for their worldwide career on St. Pauli. At countless festivals in and around Hamburg, unique venues and diverse sounds merge to create a boundless musical experience. The Hanseatic city stands for a daily ringing and swinging of live music in the countless clubs and bars around the Reeperbahn, in musicals, concert halls or under the open sky.

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Ensembles, brands, traditions Music from Hamburg

Musicians of all genres compose, make music, fascinate in the city where the Beatles grew up, where stars like Udo Lindenberg, Ace Tee or the Beginner are at home. Here, people not only experience music, but also create it.

Music from Hamburg
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Hamburg is a place for live music Music styles & concert dates

When the beat flows through your whole body, a thousand beautiful sounds surround your ears and everything feels in harmony - then it's live music. The music metropolis of Hamburg offers the liveliest and most diverse live music scene in Northern…

Music styles & concert dates
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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…

The Beatles in Hamburg
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Hamburg like a local On the go with Antje

Hamburg is Antje's workplace. The singer-songwriter can write her wonderful texts anywhere and travels throughout her chosen hometown of Hamburg looking for stories and inspiration.

On the go with Antje
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There is always a musical reason to celebrate Music festivals

No matter what sound your ears are looking for - Hamburg and its metropolitan region offer the right sounds. When the days get longer again, visitors to the Hanseatic city can look forward to countless diverse festivals.

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Hamburg's music scene: tradition-conscious, played live and with a special atmosphere

A city as a muse for composers and musicians

Hamburg without music? Unthinkable! There must be something in the air between the Alster and the Elbe that inspires artists. And they like to show their affection for the Hanseatic city: Hamburg is immortalized in numerous compositions, albums and songs. Composer Georg Philipp Telemann created the "Alster Overture" in the 18th century, the Beatles said they didn't grow up in Liverpool but in Hamburg, and in the 1990s the Hamburg School was the counterpart to U.S. indie, and artists like Die Beginner, Deichkind and Samy Deluxe showed that hip-hop also works well in the north. Although the area around the Reeperbahn and the Schanzenviertel are certainly known to most music lovers, the neighborhoods in the south and north of the city also offer places to go for fans of live music.

Long tradition for classical music

If music without amplifiers is more to your taste, you're sure to find just the right thing among the numerous classical ensembles and orchestras. Founded in the mid-19th century, the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg is the oldest ensemble in the Hanseatic city, and with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the famous concert hall on the Elbe has its own orchestra. The Laeiszhalle in the city center is one of the most beautiful venues for a classical concert imaginable. The neo-baroque architecture has already provided an atmospheric setting for performances by Igor Stravinsky and Maria Callas. It was donated by Hamburg shipowner Carl Heinrich Laeisz and is thus also an example of the patronage that is widespread in the city.

Numerous festivals in the open air

As much as they love their clubs and concert halls, the people of Hamburg are always drawn to listen to music in the open air. This is possible, for example, at the MS Dockville Festival in Wilhelmsburg and at ELBJAZZ around the harbor. Some bands and certainly many listeners always come to the Stadtpark OpenAir in "Hamburg's green living room" out of attachment. At the Hafengeburtstag every year in May, not only maritime sounds can be heard, but thanks to the variety of stages, music for almost every taste. Finally, the Reeperbahn Festival combines the festival feeling of "being outside, meeting friends and listening to music" with the atmosphere of small clubs, where you can get very close to the artists.

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Hamburg's music history Exploring the city’s unique music scene with all your senses


Hamburg’s vibrant music scene is deeply rooted in the history of the city. Institutions such as St Michael's Church, the Hamburg State Opera and the…

Exploring the city’s unique music scene with all your senses
Reeperbahn Festival
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Newcomer Music Festival on the Reeperbahn Reeperbahn Festival

The Reeperbahn Festival is Germany’s largest club festival and is one of the three most important meeting places for the music and digital industries…

Reeperbahn Festival
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A great place for vinyl lovers Record shops

For many music lovers, there’s nothing like good old vinyl. Here you can find rare gems, classic pieces as well as new releases from literally any…

Record shops
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Fascinated by Hamburg Interview with Valentin Priebus


Good coffee in the Grindel district, rehearsal with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra or a delicious dinner at the cult restaurant "Vienna" in…

Interview with Valentin Priebus
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World renowned concert hall and city emblem Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg has a new cultural landmark! The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall represents an unprecedented synthesis of the arts - architecture, music and the…

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Immerse yourself in Hamburg’s soundtrack VYNL Hamburg

Bringing the soundtrack of a city to life through an immersive and interactive multimedia series: this is the declared goal of the makers of VYNL. As…

VYNL Hamburg
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…

Hamburg's festival culture captured in beautiful photos

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ELBJAZZ - jazz 'n' stay Music Event in Harbour

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    Schlagermove 2021 Cult Experience

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    Great productions Theater & Stage Arts

    "The boards that mean the world" have a long tradition in Hamburg. In addition to famous spoken-word theaters, the stage landscape offers a state opera, bitingly sharp cabaret, impressive dance performances, open-air performances and plays especially for children.

    Theater & Stage Arts
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    Hamburg's landmark on the Waterfront Elbphilharmonie

    The Elbphilharmonie and environs: Café and restaurant recommendations, culture and museum tips and everything else you need to know when you're in the vicinity of the Elbphilharmonie.

    Hamburger Kunsthalle
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    Artistic highlights Art & Exhibitions

    From paintings of old masters in the famous Hamburger Kunsthalle to modern and qurile street art: Immerse yourself in historical times and abstract worlds. Discover museums, exhibitions & artistic highlights in Hamburg.

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