The 12th edition of the Reeperbahn Festival attracted over 40,000 visitors and 420 bands/artists from around the world, its biggest turnout ever, on Sept. 20-23 in Hamburg, Germany. Organizers say 4,700 professions from the music business -- hailing from 57 countries -- also attended the event.
Canada was this year's country partner, while France will take over next year. ”We have experienced a Reeperbahn Festival of highest quality," said Alexander Schulz, director and founder of the festival. "We have also experienced the strongest Reeperbahn Festival in terms of social policy."
A major highlight of the festival was a surprise appearance by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher at this year's Warner Music Night, held at the Docks Club. Before he performed, he noted his forthcoming debut solo album, As You Were, has already gotten a rave review from The Verve's Richard Ashcroft: "His songs sound as if the Hell's Angels were kicking in your door," Gallagher recalled of Ashcroft's assessment.