The better half of the year starts this month, with summer well and truly on its way, and BIMM Hamburg due to open its doors this October.. The college is located in the middle of the cultural heart of Hamburg, where you’ll find the hottest clubs, the nicest bars and the coolest record stores. You won’t need a car, just your own two feet, or the official mode of transportation – the HVV – which runs day and night. So… with getting around the city so easy, we’ve made a list of all the places we think you should try to get to this May.
Hamburg loves the UK
Remember Morcheeba? The nineties may have been and gone, but this UK-based trip hop band are still around and they’re ready to make a night of it at one of Hamburg’s best known clubs. Docks is a groovy place to be, and is right next to the Reeperbahn, so you can have a drink afterwards at one of the many bars, or take a walk down to the River Elbe to listen to the sounds of the harbour at night.
Theatre and pop culture
May is an astonishing month for pop culture, music and theatre – particularly at the Thalia. It starts with Hänsel & Gretel on 8th May – a play based on the traditional German fairytale, with music by Till Lindemann from Rammstein. This is followed by Auerhaus from 12th May – an intimate play with an original score written and performed by Hamburg musician Frieder Hepting. And, finally, from 14th May there’s Panikherz – a play based on the latest book by Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre.
Into the night
Nachtasyl at the Thalia Theater
Once at the Thalia Theater, head up the stairs to their rooftop bar – Nachtasyl – for an evening with a difference. Light bulbs hang like stars from the club’s blue vaulted ceiling to illuminate the music, dancing and drinking going on below. On 10th May you can watch the famous Kaiser Quartett – the string quartet who regularly accompany Chilly Gonzales, and on 24th May you can laugh at Lukas Adolphi’s lecture Die Cops ham mein Handy (The Cops have my Mobile), where he discusses the time his mobile phone was stolen and given back by the police two weeks later, complete with the thieves’ entire record of phone messages.
Visit Schanzenzelt on 22nd May for the conscious rapping of US-born Cologne-based Akua Naru – often called the ’First Lady of Hip Hop’. Then, regardless of your gender, join BIMM Hamburg tutor Nina Graf and friends at Ladies, Artists, Friends on 26th May – a performance by ten female-fronted bands in a real circus tent. Grab your tickets here.
If you like festivals, then you’re in for a treat this May. Check out the Silence Festival at Elbpark Entenwerder on 12th May. Or catch the gothic opera Frankenstein at Kampnagel’s Internationales Musikfest from 20th May. There’s also Blurred Edges to look forward to, which takes over the whole of the city on 25th May.
And while we’re at it, May is also a great month for our BIMM Hamburg tutor, Dirk Darmstaedter. He’ll be performing a cover of ‘Dreaming’ by Blondie on his Radio Bremen show Sounds Like Dirk. Tune in on 18th May to hear it for yourself!
Photo Credits: Eline Duijsens & Steffen Schindler