On the 17th of August 1960 The Beatles played their very first concert at Hamburg‘s music club Indra. During the following two and a half years, with 281 gigs played, they laid the foundation for their career. Exactly 50 years later, the all-star band Bambi consisting of members of Maplewood, Nada Surf, Moby and Cat Power will bring pop history back to life by re-creating exactly the same songs the Beatles performed on that very day.
Beatles fans from all over the world are jumping at the chance to experience this anniversary concert and after that explore what else Hamburg has to offer. From The Beatles to Hamburg’s new fresh pop music sound there are countless cutting-edge music clubs lining the neon bright Reeperbahn, which has become a renowned entertainment boulevard over the last 20 years.
Today, the Kaiserkeller, where The Beatles played after their guest slot at the Indra, serves as a club, while the Große Freiheit 36 is one of the main stages of the Reeperbahn Festival. Germany’s biggest club festival invites about 170 international newcomers to Germany’s most creative neighbourhood, St. Pauli, for three nights of fantastic music.
A festival ticket entitles one to attend the weekly Beatles tour with musician Stefanie Hempel, who tells anecdotes from the Beatles era and sings Beatles songs. There is also a the museum, Beatlemania, five storeys exclusively devoted to commemorating the Fab Four which must not be missed.
In the beginning of the Sixties, the band helped two more of Hamburg’s musical institutions to hit the big time. The Moondoo tempts with Black Music and House Tracks and the tiny but very creative Molotow at Spielbudenplatz 5 replaces the once legendary Star-Club, which in its first year saw The Beatles’ first single, Love Me Do, climb to number 17 of the British charts.
In the ’60s, Hamburg made The Beatles stars and now the city invites everybody to re-discover this magnificent legacy. The Beatles themselves never tired of stressing the importance of their apprenticeship years in the music metropolis Hamburg with John Lennon confessing, “I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg.”
For more information on the concerts visit Bambi Kino: August 17. -20., 2010, Indra Club (Große Freiheit 64) , 20:00 h, www.bambi-kino.com
To find out more about the Beatlemania Museum go to www.beatlemania-hamburg.de