The renowned German culture-fest that is Reeperbahn kicks off today and some of our favourite acts are on the musical menu! To celebrate all things #RBF17, we’re gonna fly through a quick synopsis and then treat you to our very own ReeperDerv curated playlist.
Like most respectable festivals these days Reeperbahn is no exception to the all inclusive, 100% immersive rule. No longer ‘just’ a four-day music mash-up, these days Hamburg based RBF is the ‘full package’.
This year’s festival includes a conference programme set to cover a broad range of topics from Health & Safety to a Guide to Failure, a BBC Introducing/PRS showcase, a BIMM reception, Blockchain for Music and how to work Instagram.
The conference will feature top notch hosts and speakers including erstwhile Eurythmics frontman and legendary producer Dave Stewart, former Strokes producer Gordon Raphael, American country artist Terry Mc Bride and Dave Allen from North Music, USA.
There are also several networking events pencilled into the diary including those hosted by Live Nation, Rockcity, Sony Music and Columbia Records.
A festival wouldn’t be a festival without a ‘glittering’ awards ceremony and this year will see Reeperbahn once again play host to the Anchor awards following their hugely successful inauguration last year. This year’s list of nominees includes British artists Fenne Lily, Jade Bird and Joseph Jones (whose sounds we’ve included on our playlist).
The jury panel is made up of a specially selected team of industry experts including BBC DJ Huw Stephens, Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson, celebrated music producer Tony Visconti, Emily Haines of BSS and homies Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass who together for the duo BOY.
The nominees will showcase their music over the course of three days with the award ceremony taking place at 6pm on Saturday 23rd at the St. Pauli Theatre.
There are some big juicy names headlining the live music action including Beth Ditto, Maximo Park, Everything Everything and Kelly Lee Owens but here at DervSwerve we prefer to big up the emerging artists, those youthful balls of energy bubbling just under the surface of the world-stage.
Here are our top tips for your musical amusement over the course of the festival …
Holland – Dakota – Indie – Currently touring their Leda EP – A strong sound with cracking vocals
Iceland – JFDR – Experi-Electro-Ambient – Released her first solo debut album Brazil earlier this year – An absolutely out of this world performer
Ireland – Dermot Kennedy – Hip hop Fused Folk – Debuted his Doves & Ravens EP a wee while ago – Innovative and compelling .. go see!
Ire/UK – Wood Burning Savages – Vitriolic Punk – New single Living Hell is ferocious – This Derry 4piece are renowned for their fully charged lives
Norway – Slotface – Garage/Punk/Feisty Pop – Just dropped their debut album Try Not to Freak Out – One of the best band’s I’ve seen live – EVER
UK – Black Honey – Alt-Rock – Hit the headlines with their Headspin EP in 2016, new single Somebody Better is killer – A MUST!
**Slotface and Black Honey are quite similar in sound and style so fans of either one should become fans of the other!
UK/Spain – Gizmo Varillas – Rainbow/Latino Pop – His debut album El Dorado (what else) went down a storm – Sounds like no other around today
If that eclectic bunch of seriously talented youths don’t keep you happily entertained for the rest of this week, then you’re hard pleased. If you haven’t yet put your hand in your pocket to buy a ticket, you’re in luck. There are limited tickets still available – but not many, so hurry. Details here.
And if you’re already in Hamburg, we hope you’re having a blast! From Dublin with love x