Late September sees the tenth annual Reeperbahn Festival take place in and around the famous music district in Hamburg, Germany. The festival combines a huge roster of 400 live music concerts with a packed arts programme and 150 conference events for professionals in the music and digital industries. It’s the biggest festival event in Germany with 30,000 visitors attending events across 70 venues from 23–26 September and is recognised as one of the most important annual events in the music industry’s calendar.
This year BIMM will play a part in The Reeperbahn Festival with both a live music showcase and a networking reception, both taking place on Friday 25 September. The daytime event is the BIMM Showcase where four acts will represent BIMM talent with live shows at Spielbude, Spielbudenplatz. Featured artists are Written In Waters, Frankie Furlow, Bella Figura and Fickle Friends.
Written In Waters are an experimental outfit with huge impact, powered by the supernatural voice of singer Beth Cannon. Their cross-genre output defies easy categorisation and their live shows bring out all the drama inherent in their sound. Frankie Furlow craft touching and intelligent songs with tight harmonies and awesome stage craft. Their Reeperbahn appearance closes a hectic summer of festival appearances for the four-piece. Bella Figura call their genre ‘heavy groove’, a sound that takes the intricacies of folk and pushes the volume up to a grungier output. The band release a new single in December and continue a summer of gigging with new autumn shows. Fickle Friends play new wave indie pop and have been on the road since May so are raring to go for their Reeperbahn show. A gig at London’s legendary Dingwalls will follow in October.
Later the same evening, BIMM Berlin will host a networking reception entitled ‘Your Music Career Starts Here’, in collaboration with Musicpool Berlin and Noisy Musicworld, at Angie’s Nightclub, Spielbudenplatz 27. Ahead of the official launch of BIMM Berlin in October, Vaseema Hamilton, Principal of BIMM, will give a presentation explaining the BIMM ethos and discussing techniques for launching students into their music industry careers, and of course publicising our newest campus in Berlin.
As ever, music will have the final word and one more live act will take place with a performance from Joe Dolman of BIMM Brighton. The teenage singer-songwriter is no stranger to music industry events as he was recently selected as our BIMM Breaking Act, performing at the Music Week RADAR event in London where his heartfelt crowd favourite ‘Learning To Fly’ went down a storm. The track forms part of Joe’s first EP of the same name, available now.
The Reeperbahn Festival offers a dazzling array of industry events and live gigs and with our Berlin campus shortly to come alive our team will be sure to make their mark at this annual music bonanza – and no doubt we’ll be there even bigger and better in 2016. Come down and see us!