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The sound of Hamburg

art & culture

Music is in this city's DNA. Hamburg vibrates to the rhythm of electro, folk, pop, punk, and, of course, classical. Overall, it's an astonishing melting pot for the ears.

Music has always played an important part in the city's popular culture. In 1960, the Beatles gave their first concert here, at the Indra Club. Finding them too amateurish, the club manager added a striptease act. The effervescent Stefanie Hempel has anecdotes like these in spades. For ten years, she has organized unusual tours (www.hempels-musictour.com) that follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four, punctuated by strummed notes on her rock ‘n' roll ukulele.

Music has flowed along the Elbe ever since. The city has some 200 independent music labels. Hanseplatte specialises in the CDs and vinyl of Hamburg groups—of which there are many. The record shops participate in the bubbling music scene; the various pop, folk, rock, and hip-hop rooms are concentrated around the Reeperbahn (Große Freiheit, Molotov, Mojo…). As for classical music, there's the new Elbphilharmonie, which is scheduled to open in 2017 in the HafenCity district.

Hanseplatte
Neuer Kamp 32
20357 Hamburg

+49 (0)40 2857 0193

www.hanseplatte.de

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