It’s Showtime: Sting is performing, for the very first time live, “Rushing Water”, a new title from his forthcoming album “The Bridge” and ends the festival opener with his classic “Every Breath You Take”! Soul singer Joy Denalane, who recently became the first German artist to release her new album “Let Yourself Be Loved” on Motown Records, is also on the Opening Show’s line-up.



Hadnet Tesfai is welcoming top-class live acts such as last year’s ANCHOR ÄTNA or the British pop artist Griff onto the stage. K-Pop sensations DRIPPIN are appearing this year on behalf of our partner country South Korea with a part-live, part-virtual performance.

Opening Show

Welcoming addresses on key topics from Prof. Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, will round off the Opening Show’s schedule.

With the keynote speech delivered by transformation expert Prof. Maja Göpel, we’re adding another focal issue to the festival programme. Furthermore, we may welcome Reeperbahn Festival managing director Alexander Schulz on stage.

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Emeli Sandé, Tom Odell and Jacob Banks, Tayla Parx, Yvonne Catterfeld plus Tony Visconti, present and correct in person as the ANCHOR Jury, presenting all the details on this year’s ANCHOR Award.

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