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Low-Budget Festivals in Hamburg

Unique and temporary magic worlds inbetween informal networks

When you are in Hamburg, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on the one or other openair festivals – Jazz, Metal, electronic music, 70ies, rock, art and performances – all transforming (lost) spots in Hamburg’s urban environment. Here you can get a feeling of the music scene and how important such festivals are for Hamburg people who like to enjoy music in an artistic, unique, relaxed or crowded atmosphere.
Free/affordable, unique and colourful festivals are usually not promoted a lot (mainly due to financial reasons) but rather through local networks. I came up with a neat collection of interesting festival which are still coming up in 2014  (in chronological order):

 

Keine Knete – trotzdem Fete „no money – nonetheless party“
When: 25.07.2014 (Fri) – 27.07.2014 (Sun)
What: art, culture, music (HipHop, Punk, Rock, Techno, Dubstep, Drum’n’Bass, Jazz), workshops, festival for children, cinema, vegan food
Where: 21079 Hamburg
Comments: small size, noncommercial, outside

 

Hafengrün Festival „green harbour festival“
When: 01.08.2014 (Fri) – 03.08.2014 (Sun)
What: electronic music and free air culture. „Love, bass and sunshine“ at old harbour dockyard
Where: Altes Werftgelände, Neuhöfer Damm 98, 21107 Hamburg
Comments: 6-27 Euros

 

Spektrum
When: 02.08.2014
What: from HipHop, Dubstep to Drum’n’Bass
Where: MS Dockville Gelände, Alte Schleuse 23, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg
Comments: cheap

 

Butterland Open Air
When: 03.08.2014
What: techno, electro, electro-swing, djs…
Where: MS Dockville Uferpark, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg
Comments: cheap, cool location!

 

international summer festival
When: 06.08.2014 – 24.08.2014
What: art, performance, installations, theatre
Where: Kampnagel
Comments: costs depend on show, very interesting cultural venue

 

KNOTEN.13 „Festival for urban art“
When: 11.10.2014 – 13.10.2014
What: 40 urban art artists from all over Germany (“Zipper – Die Rakete”, Uli Pforr, Elmar Lause), music
Where: Kolbenhof, Friedensallee 128, 22763 Hamburg
Comments: 3-10 €, very charming venue, „we don’t want to show just art, we want to celebrate it!“

 

Kulturflut „culture flood“
When: 02.10.2014 – 04.10.2014
What: music (Folk Rock, Ska, Kammerpunk, Singer), local and international artists, readings, comedy, art exhibition, impro theatre, programme for children
Where: Gorch-Fock-Park, Finkenwerder-Hamburg
Comment: partly for free, first time ever!

 

Got money – more festivals
There are the ‘biggies’ with crowds of visitors, with a certain theme, and often expensive. Free exceptions are the Duckstein Festival (18.-27.07.14) and the legendary 70ies music parade Schlagermove in St. Pauli. Special but rather expensive are the metal festivals Wacken Open Air, Hamburg Metal Dayz and Elbriot FestivalDockvilleReeperbahn FestivalFilmfest Hamburg with national and international movies, Überjazz and Elbjazz.

 

Back again in 2015
Special, free but only again in 2015 are Hamburg’s Woodstock-like festival Wutzrock (since 1979), peaceful electronic dancing at Grünanlage, ska etc. at the Sommerfest Umsonstladen HeimfeldJazz Open at Planten un Blomen park, the cultural neighbourhood festival Altonale48 Stunden Wilhelmsburg, and the International Short Film Festival (2014 30th anniversary!).
In case, you plan to experience Hamburg in 2015, definitely check out one of these great events.

 

Hints on facebook
Would you like one more hint? I check out current open airs, usually small, for free and noncommercial here. Festivals and open airs are definitely worth to check out in Hamburg! Be open for surprises and some magic 😉

Hostel Recommendation: Backpackers St Pauli

Looking for a cheap and cheerful bed in Hamburg? Backpackers St Pauli offers you just this, and oh so much more.

Nestled in a quiet residential street in the heart of Hamburg’s hip and alternative St Pauli district, Backpackers St Pauli provides a fantastic base for exploring the creative districts situated in the West of Hamburg. The Reeperbahn with it flashing neon signs and flashing women and Sternschanze with its sunny cafes, indie boutiques and eccentric charms are both only a ten minute walk away (in opposite directions). You’re smack bang in the middle of the St Pauli flame that burns so brightly it  casts a glow across the entire city.

The hostel itself is wonderful. The beds are comfortable, the rooms are delightfully clean and full of light and sunshine. Each room has an en suite with tiles that gleam so white you might feel like your staying at a fancy hotel. Wifi floods every corner of the building (I know, shock horror…. but it’s true!) and the hostel also boasts a huge common room with fully equipped kitchen where you can mingle with other guests. Oh, and there is a big outdoor area complete with BBQ!

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And then… there is the eclectic crew of staff. Get chatting to them in the reception (which doubles as a cafe and bar), they are just waiting to answer your questions, tell you crazy Hamburg stories, and steer you in the right direction for a great night out without all the tacky tourist cliches.

I would definitely recommend booking in advance for weekends and peak seasons, you can make reservations via their website linked here.

Enjoy your stay in Hamburg!

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Soul’s Darkside – Le Fonque

a) Are you a vampire?

b) Does the thought of a dark room with sensual red lighting turn you on?

c) Do you like to get down to Soul, Funk and Disco tunes?

d) Does the sound of vinyl stir your little stomach butterflies?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you must read on, I have found your new favourite Hamburg hangout.

Since 1995, Le Fonque has been spinning their vinyl decks to bring revelers the finest soul and funk tunes… every night of the week! The dimly lit room, soft couches and blood red lighting create an intimate ambiance while the DJs unite the bar through the love of music.

Le Fonque is open every night of the week from 9pm. Depending on what time and day you go, it will either be a sexy little retreat where you can get cosy on the plush couches, or it will be bursting at the seems as everyone gets down to the funky vibes.

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You can find Le Fonque just off the busy Shulterblatt at Juliusstraße 33, 22769.

Emergenza Rock Festival at KNUST!

Spanning 824 clubs in 34 different countries, showcasing over 30,000 bands, it’s no wonder that Emergenza Rock Festival is the world’s biggest festival for unsigned bands!

For the past 16 years, the Knust music club in St Pauli has set up stage for the Hamburg branch of the festival. Over the next week numerous unsigned bands will battle it out on stage to win the crowds vote in the hope of moving on to the regional finals.

Check out the program on the Knust website and head over to St Pauli to support our amazing local talent.

*Photo courtesy of Maria Mitrofanova, used under Creative Commons