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Hamburg’s Top 5 Summer Music Festivals

13th March 2018


Here at BIMM, we know this summer is going to be perfect. Why? Because summer = the festival season! Hamburg offers a large number of open air festivals and here are five of our favourites that you should definitely try to get along to. So… start looking forward to summer now and get ready to dance under the open sky!

Every summer, the big park in Winterhude turns into an open air concert arena. Foreigner opens the open air season in May, and other musicians playing this summer on the Freilichtbühne (stage) are Nena, Michael Patrick Kelly, Billy Idol and Johannes Oerding. The final under the open sky event in September features Lotto King Karl and DBDB.

This street festival takes place every summer in Große Bergstraße in Altona. For 17 days (1-17 June) musicians, artists and dancers perform at over 200 events. More than 2,000 artists from in and around Hamburg, as well as many foreign countries, show their talents across art, music, film, theatre and dance.

In July (20-29) the HafenCity turns into a street party. Street theatre, music and acrobatic artists will entertain local Hamburgers, and festival visitors can expect not only a variety of artists on stage, but also a shopping mile with art and design objects.

The international Sommerfestival at Kampnagel is one of Europe’s biggest for new performing arts acts. Every year it presents and produces over 50 different works across dance, theatre, performance, music, visual arts and film. Since its beginning in the mid ‘80s, the festival has focused on interdisciplinary works with a sense for music as a key performance

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Germany’s most prominent inner-city music event takes place every September (19-22) in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district, where BIMM Hamburg is located. It hosts over 800 events across a range of genres in music venues around the Reeperbahn and last year’s festival included around 500 concerts by international musicians alone. It’s one of the world’s most important music industry meeting places and BIMM Berlin has had a stage at the festival every year for the past three years. You can find further details about our involvement here.

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Photo by Melina Seiler.


Melina Seiler

Melina Seiler is a Hamburg based journalist and author working for several online German magazines. Melina writes for and was responsible for the reporting on Reeperbahn Festival 2017 – Germany’s most prominent inner-city music event.