Reeperbahn Festival 2015
23.09.2015 – 26.09.2015
Reeperbahn Festival is Germany’s largest club festival and since its debut in 2006 has grown to become one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide.
The 30,000 visitors to the Reeperbahn Festival can choose from a total of 600 events, including around 400 concerts, 30 arts highlights, and more than 150 conference programmes. Among the more than 70 crossover venues are major music clubs, such as Docks and Grosse Freiheit 36, as well as locations that present few or no concerts during the rest of the year, such as the Imperial Theater, the Schulmuseum, the St. Pauli Church, and the Michel.
The tenth edition of the Reeperbahn Festival in 2015 features “Aus Finnland” and marks the first time the festival has turned the spotlight on a particular country – with performances by new, up-and-coming Finnish artists, and conference sessions and networking events with a focus on Finland.
“Finnish music is currently – more so than ever before – on a fast rise towards international recognition on a large scale. There are of course the renowned Finnish superstars, such as Sunrise Avenue or Nightwish, but at the same time there’s a big group of exciting new acts that are on the verge of an international breakthrough. This applies to all genres from pop to indie, electronic to urban, classical to jazz and so on”, says Tuomo Tähtinen, the director of Music Finland.
Psychedelic rock can often be timeless and classic, but that doesn’t mean that the bands must turn into statues who only serve some old tradition. Black Lizard appreciates the past – they even brought Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3) and Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) to work on their debut in 2013 – but the band lives in the now. Black Lizard’s main weapons are wall-of-sound guitars, hypnotic and repetitive melodies that they dig up from the tradition of shoegaze and garage rock.
”This is a band who write great songs and tunes, and who also have an identity and a real sense of style.” – Nordic Music Review
Eva & Manu
Finnish-born Eva Louhivuori and parisian Emmanuel "Manu" Laudic first met in Berklee College of Music. In 2010 they started traveling around Europe, writing and recording their heartfelt, folky songs on the road and posting them on a blog. In 2013, settled down in Finland, the duo released their eponymous debut, that gained positive response. Their second album Cinnamon Hearts – with a slightly more modern production and evident indie influences – came out in 2014.
Self-styled apocalyptic post punks, Grave Pleasures, (previously known as Beastmilk), are one of the most talked-about Finnish bands in recent times. Their 2013 debut album Climax received rave reviews across the board, exciting metalheads, indie kids and gothic punks all alike. Now Grave Pleasures return with their new album Dreamcrash, which is released via Sony Epic and recorded with award-winning producer Tom Dalgety.
”Visceral, unsettling death rock for the elite” - Pitchfork
K-X-P, headed by Finnish underground rock legend Timo Kaukolampi, takes such diverse elements as krautrock, pop and ambient techno and somehow makes it all sound logical – and usually quite epic. You can hear that on K-X-P’s solid album releases , but you should really see them on stage. Kaukolampi’s intense presence combined with the hypnotic groove provided by their two drummers makes K-X-P and intriguing live act.
“Their music is incredibly rhythmic, their grooves – paranoid dark disco and motoric – deep.” – Pitchfork
Over their long career Lapko has managed to cross over from being indie darlings into one of Finland’s prominent modern rock bands. On their sixth album Freedom Lapko blends classic alternative rock riffs with Ville Malja’s emotional vocals, progressive arrangements and powerful playing.
Finland’s arguably first and biggest indie blog sensation LCMDF were taken from their rehearsal room to international venues (and eventually to Heavenly Records) only mere months after their formation in 2008. Some years later, now reduced to the duo of sisters Emma and Mia Kemppainen, LCMDF are back with new material – catchy and arrogant electro pop that makes the crowd bounce up and down.
”Big brash pop that had hints of Charli XCX here and, occasionally, hints of M.I.A. elsewhere.” – Stereogum
Along with the internet, territorialism as well as stylistic purity are long forgotten in hip hop. Helsinki-based Noah Kin is a prime example: his beats are electronic and experimental and his lyrics are very personal and as far from mainstream rap clichés as you can think. But as Kanye West and Drake have proved, there is now room for emotional and REAL guys in hip hop. And you can’t get more real than Noah Kin. He started rapping in the tender age of 12 and at 21 he already has three albums under his belt.
“Noah Kin is going to be the next big thing in hip-hop” – District MTV
Hailing from northern Finland, The Scenes fuse progressive rock with hardcore punk influences. The youthful band is known for their crazily energetic shows (it’s not out of the ordinary that an instrument or two breaks). Their two albums, Images of animals crying in public and Beige have become fan and critic favorites in Finland and the band has gained fame also though the literary skills of guitarist-author Miki Liukkonen.
“They’re the sound of a band hitting their peak, and in singer Konsta Koivisto, they’ve a potential superstar on their hands.” – The Line of Best Fit
Venior is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter-producer, who was born in Finland but currently resides in Stockholm – albeit she often travels to L.A., Berlin and Helsinki to produce songs and collaborate with other musicians. Electronic pop with a hint of hip hop, Venior’s first official single Sugar Rush will be out in September. The end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 will see a big amount of new Venior songs coming out – both her own and as a featuring artist.
Mirel Wagner is a singer-songwriter, whose second album When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, released by Sub Pop, was chosen as the album of the week by NME. Her songs, whose themes focus on abuse, murder and death, are like smooth, polished black pebbles, thrown into a dark bottomless pond.
”Brace yourself. This album is more clinging than quicksand, it is uncompromising, transcendent voodoo.” –NME
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