Reeperbahn Festival Day 4: Review

J.N. October 4, 2019

The last day of the festival just turned up surprisingly fast but it’s also a sign that we’ve had an amazing festival. Hours and days passed by because it was all filled with meetings, interviews, networking, concerts, photo sessions and everything else that added up to a great festival memory of 2019. In fact, we’ve had our best Reeperbahn Festival so far! The last day was almost like a day off because we just had one interview, and that was at lunch time. The rest of the night was just a long party night.


The best decision we made this year was to have an early night on Friday and not end the evening at our favorite club night, Friday I’m In Love at Molotow. It didn’t really help us getting out of bed earlier though and we just had to go for a quick breakfast at the bagel place just like yesterday morning before we split up and I ran in the direction of Sternchanze to meet up with Ms T for an interview with John van Deusen.

Out first John van Deusen experience happened by chance at About Songs Festival in Hamburg last year. We interviewed the Dutch singer-songwriter Blaudzun and were at the festival for concert photos but the label behind the festival, DevilDuck Records, convinced us to cover the whole festival. If we wouldn’t have done that, we never would have met with John van Deusen today either. That amazing perfomance at About Songs Festival got stuck in our heads and when DevilDuck returned to us announcing that he’ll do a German tour and play Reeperbahn Festival at the same time as asking us to be his official tour support, we just knew we had to have an interview.

Van Deusen is just like on stage: a lot of energy and loads of stories to tell. Read our interview later when it’s online. What we can say already though is that it was a hilarious photo session where John suggested more than Ms T had in mind and I think we have a huge selection of photos to work with this time. We also shot a hilarious video when he’s trying to get the people of Flensburg to come out for his show later in the evening (he was on his way to Flensburg, one and a half hours drive north of Hamburg) and let’s say he need to practice German pronunciation.

Just like everything started with a Messed!Up/Drefvet/EyesClosed Blog get-together on the first festival day, we had pizza and beer Saturday in the long gap in between the interview and the night shows. It’s great to get people together that have worked at the festival, non-paid but for the love of music, and although most of us were a bit tired at this point, after three long days, there was still some energy left for the final party tonight at Molotow.

A few pizza slices and beers later the editor sat off for Indra Club and the Danish music night, mostly because of The Entrepreneurs, while Ms Sis brought Drefvet with her to a few shows, ending it all at The Subways at Grosse Freiheit. The Entrepreneurs were good but not as good as we remember them from the Roskilde Festival a few years ago; the reports from the other shows seemed to be much better though.

I left Indra at the end of the show, grabbed a beer in a kiosk nearby and walked towards Molotow – just to find out that no one was let in, not even media, because it was full. Luckily I met the drummer of Gunner and Smith in the line, a band we covered at DevilDuck Records 15th anniversary party a few months ago, and we had few standing in line beers while we tried to figure out why the European music scene is better than the North American. 45 minutes later we entered Molotow.

Although there were a few interesting bands I wanted to see, bands like Partner, Ali Barter and Sports Team, nothing can even compare to DZ Deathrays that played two shows this night with only a 45-minute break in between. There’s just something special with high energy bands with loads of heavy guitars and people who know how to pull off a great guitar riff grin.

The first gig in Molotow’s backyard is a banger and though it’s too many people out there, as every night at the festival, it became rowdy enough to allow for some moshing. The gig in the Skybar 45minutes after first show was a bit calmer but the lads hardly had time to recharge between shows. If you also add that the temperature in the Skybar was way beyond +35 with condensed water trickling down the windows, you probably understand what they were going through. I may whine about my treadmill classes but it’s nothing to what the DZ lads had to endure. With this in mind it’s not hard to understand that cold beers after the last gig was necessary, and many cold beers. Luckily Ms Sis and Drefvets people arrived and we blended it all with some vodka shots.

Just like that the clock turned 5:30 am and an amazing festival faded away for a year while some blurry-minded journalists from Germany, Sweden and the UK ended it all at Burger King.

Thanks for yet another great Reeperbahn Festival and thank you all bands, mangements, pr agencies and labels that helped us out during these for very busy days. See ya all next year!

About The Author

Music researcher with an unhealthy passion for music and music festivals. Former studio owner, semi-functional drummer and with a fairly good collection of old analogue synthesizers from the 70's. Indie rock, post rock, electronic/industrial and drum & bass (kind of a mix, yeah?) are usual stuff in my playlists but everything that sounds good will fit in.