With the new year well and truly underway, 2019 in Hamburg is shaping up to be even more exciting than 2018… and February is just the tip of the iceberg! The city’s best live music venues have acts from all over the world this month, covering genres as varied as indie and psychedelic to neo-soul and even slowcore. But with no sign of February slowing down, you’d better grab your tickets fast!
RHONDA @ MOJO CLUB: SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY
Hamburg-based ‘60s-influenced neo-soul band Rhonda are considered one of the best live bands around. With their first two records placing in the German album charts, and a huge fan in soul king Paul Weller (who they’ve toured with several times), this gig will see them present their new album ‘You Could Be Home Now’. Don’t miss one of the city’s most exciting bands live. Buy your tickets now.
LOW @ UEBEL & GEFÄHRLICH: FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY
The slow tempos, soft dynamics and minimalist arrangements of Minnesota band Low have earned them an esteemed place in the worlds of slowcore and dream pop/shoegaze. Their gigs are superbly hypnotic, and this one is sure to please – they’ll be playing tracks from their critically acclaimed latest album ‘Double Negative’ (their twelfth), which made the top ten in countless rock journalists’ ‘Best Album of 2018’ lists. Reserve your tickets today.
BALTHAZAR @ GRUENSPAN: THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY
What better way to celebrate your love of music than by seeing this five-piece band from Belgium perform in the city on Valentine’s Day. Balthazar’s playful indie prog-pop has gained them a huge fanbase throughout Europe and with three Top 20 albums in their home country, they’re widely regarded as one of the most exciting things to come out of Belgium’s music scene in recent years. Treat yourself… and your date.
WHITE LIES @ MARKTHALLE: SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY
White Lies from London burst onto the scene in 2009, coming second in that year’s BBC Sound of… competition and being nominated for the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. Initially gaining comparisons to bands like Joy Division, Interpol and Editors, ten years on they’re a bona fide indie/nu-wave institution. Launching their new (and fifth) album ‘Five’ this month, it channels an ‘80s synth-pop and new romantic vibe, with influences from Roxy Music, Human League and Modern English. Whatever you do, don’t miss out.
TOY @ PRINZENBAR: TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY
Upon the release of their debut album in 2012, TOY from Brighton were praised as one of the UK’s hottest neo-psychedelic bands, particularly by mentors The Horrors. Support tours with The Vaccines, collaborations with Bat For Lashes and two more albums followed. Their latest, ‘Happy in the Hollow’, is one of the most exciting dream pop-psych records of recent years. Get in to see them early.
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