Berlin to Hamburg: We travelled from Berlin to Hamburg with a pocket full of dreams and a heart full of love. Having been invited to share with you The Famous Reeperbahn Music Festival in Hamburg we could not contain our excitement as we set off on our journey. The train from Berlin hbf Central Station to Hamburg takes approximately 2hours and with tickets costing as little as €38 return there is no reason not to visit Hamburg if you live or are taking a trip to the Berlin area. Upon arrival the train passes the glorious Hamburg docks that instantly reminded us of Liverpool. Hamburgs climate is affected by it’s proximity to the coast so can be rainy and wet, thankfully we caught Hamburg on a dry day but could feel the winter chill in the air. It would be easy to see how the Beatles could have taken to Hamburg so naturally when they came here from Liverpool back in the 60’s.Directly off the train in Hamburg we were interviewed for a German T.V channel. I still need some serious media training as I fumbled my way through questions about Fall fashion trends and giggled like crazy. I’ll let you know the link once I have it so you can squirm along with me at my T.V debut! We got a very warm welcome from the locals in Hamburg, they were more than helpful when we got lost and had to ask for directions and were very complimentary about my vintage luggage.
Accommodation: We are staying in the Superbude Hotel which is a short walk from the heart of The Reeperbahn Festival. Superbude is a super trendy hotel with novelty sweets and regular live acts playing in the reception. Rooms are very reasonably priced starting at €69 per night and the hotel is positioned an ideal distance from the festival.
The Reeperbahn Festival: Reeperbahn is a weekend long festival that runs throughout Hamburgs greatest music venues, clubs and bars on the legendary Reeperbahn. The Reeperbahn is a street in Hamburg’s St. Pauli district, one of the two centres of Hamburg’s nightlife and also the city’s red-light district. In German it is also sometimes described as die sündige Meile (the sinful mile). There are still strip joints dotted around and shops selling all kinds of what we call ‘fun-derwear’. Despite its reputation the ‘sinful mile’ is very laid back, lively and has a varied selection of venues from dive bars to theatres. The Reeperbahn Festival has been a spring board for new and upcoming acts and a place to experience fresh talent from Europe and beyond. As well as live music there are special art exhibitions and festival exclusive promotional offers from local business. The ticket prices offer an affordable festival experience for real music lovers. A 3-Day Ticket goes on pre-sale priced at only €65 and a 1Day ticket costs as little as €32. We headed down to The Reeperbahn to discover new sounds, laugh hysterically, absorb the atmosphere and dance until dawn.As we hit The Reeperbahn and grabbed our event schedule we could see that all the venues are very close together meaning it’s mega easy to hop from one bar to another so you get a broad cross-section of the bands playing. We started out venue hopping staying where we found music that we loved. The layout and close proximity of the venues is perfect as you saunter around dipping in and out of bars, you can be head bangin’ to Swedish heavy metal, swing dancing to 1940’s jazz or jumping up and down chanting sea shanties within minutes.
Foot Stompin’ with Skinny Lister: Remember me banging on about Skinny Lister? Regular readers will remember when The Big Mac Blog paired up with them for their Vintage Pop up Tour around East London at the start of summer. Skinny Lister played a knock out show for The Reeperbahn Festival crowds in Hamburg! The audience stomped their feet, clapped wildly and chanted along to Skinny’s nautical style sea shanties. We were treated to the greatest songs from their new album Forge & Flagon and even got an encore.Swing Dancing & Cocktails: Always partial to a spot of sophistication and timeless glamour we headed round to Glanz & Gloria for cocktails, swing dancing and jazz. We ordered our cocktail and watched as the bar slowly filled up with swing dancers. The sounds of 1930’s jazz singer Rose Murphy echoed throughout the whole place and I still can’t get the sound of her famous track ‘Me & My Shadow‘ out of my mind. Her high-pitched vocals, giggling and ad lib scat make are quite haunting and yet so childlike, definitely an acquired taste, we love her.
Photo booth Mania: You know the rules, if I see a Photo booth I have to jump in there to capture some memories. Last night was no exception. We spied this vintage photo booth on the Reeperbahn and could not resist, in fact we jumped in three times during the course of the evening. We’ve made some beautiful friends on our trip so far. Hamburg is a friendly, welcoming and lovely city with a care free, fearlessly creative art and music scene. We’re so excited to discover what else Hamburg has in store for us!!
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