Whatever the time of year, Hamburg always comes through with a good night out. And whether you head along to gigs with an international flavour or show your support for the local scene, you’re in for an excellent month of music this March. So grab your diary… because here are our top picks.
Bodega – Molotow: Saturday 2nd March
Hailing from Bushwick, Brooklyn, Bodega is one of the most exciting new bands the Big Apple’s local art-punk scene has produced. Effortlessly combining hip-hop and krautrock influences with sharp social observations, Bodega released their debut album ‘Endless Scroll’ last summer. Arguably one of the most exciting new bands for 2019, Bodega is sure to put on an unforgettable show. Get tickets now.
Deaf Havanna – Markthalle: Tuesday 5th March
We don’t have to say much more about singer-songwriter Jack Veck-Gilodi’s band – simply announcing they’re playing Markthalle should ensure a good turnout! One of the world’s hottest pop-rock acts, the English band has moved from stadium radio-rock into the realm of more bombastic pop songs on their fifth album, ‘Rituals’. Regardless of whether this shift is your cup of tea, you’re bound to have a blast seeing these guys live. Buy tickets.
Bob Mould – Grünspan: Friday 8th March
Bob Mould, godfather of indie punk and former frontman of legendary ’80s punk outfit Hüsker Dü, is back with a brilliant new album. Though the year is still young, we’re prepared to go out on a limb and say ‘Sunshine Rocks’ is probably one of the best alternative albums of 2019.
According to Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters would never have existed without Bob Mould. That’s some claim to fame, so don’t miss your chance to see this legend perform in one of Hamburg’s most beautiful live clubs. Grab your tickets!
FEWS – Molotow / Skybar: Wednesday 20th March
The Swedish/American quintet, who relocated to Malmö in 2013, have just released their second album, ‘Into Red’. Considered one of the year’s most exciting new prog-post-punk acts, FEWS cites Interpol and Paul Auster as major influences. They’re playing only two German gigs, so get along to the Skybar to decide for yourself whether all the praise they’re receiving is justified. Tickets are on sale now.
Solidarity concert for the Otzen Bunker, featuring Frank Spilker, Die Cigaretten, Clara Bow and many more – Hafenklang: Friday 22nd March
This is a significant event for all musicians in Hamburg. One of the city’s most important rehearsal bunkers has, once again, been closed down, affecting more than 100 bands and artists. To protest this, BIMM Hamburg tutor Frank Spilker (of Die Sterne fame) invites you to support your fellow musicians and, alongside cultural authorities, urge the landlord to reconsider… all the while rocking along to the likes of Die Cigaretten, Clara Bow, Küken, Philistines and Die Handlung.
Crystal Fighters – Mojo Club: Wednesday 27th March
London-based Crystal Fighters are an English–Spanish electronic act who promise one of the funniest and most enjoyable gigs around. With their wonderfully strange combination of basque folklore and electronic beats, they’ve built a dedicated global fan base who love their inimitable style. Now they’re back in Hamburg after a long absence, and if you have other plans on the 27th, we recommend you cancel them and get tickets to Crystal Fighters instead.
Revolver Club Boat Trip / Season Opening Party – Frau Hedi: Friday 29th March
Riverboat shuffles have achieved cult status in Hamburg. Held every weekend between March and October, these legendary party and concert trips on Frau Hedi’s Tanzkaffee party boat will transport you through the port of Hamburg with one guarantee: you’ll want to dance! If you’re looking for a particularly memorable night, don’t miss the Season Opening Party. The oldest indie-alternative all-nighter in town, it really kicks things off in style. Sailing through the harbour, backed by unbeatable floor-fillers – it’s so much better than a standard sightseeing trip. Join the fun!
To apply now, visit the BIMM Hamburg website.