The Beatles in Hamburg: 50 Years Later

On August 17th 1960, the Beatles played their very first concert at Indra, a Hamburg music club. Over the following two and a half years, the band played 281 gigs in Germany, and laid the foundations of their career. Now, 50 years later, the all-star band Bambi Kino, which includes members of Maplewood, Nada Surf and Moby, will bring pop-history to life by performing the exact set-list of the Beatles from that very day.

Beatles fans from all over the world will jump at the chance to experience this anniversary concert, and to explore to the band's influence on Hamburg's new, fresh pop-music sound: Nowadays, countless cutting-edge music clubs line the neon-bright, world-famous Reeperbahn-a boulevard of entertainment and sub cultural hub for the last 20 years, which hosts exciting live music, theatre-shows, big musicals, and is home to edgy restaurants.

The Kaiserkeller, where the Beatles played after their guest slot at the Indra, today serves as a basement-club, while the Gro├če Freiheit 36 is one of the main stages of the Reeperbahn Festival, which is Germany's biggest club festival and invites about 170 international newcomers to Germany's most creative neighborhood-St. Pauli-for three nights of fantastic music in September. The festival ticket entitles the holder to attend the weekly Beatles tour with musician Stefanie Hempel, who combines historical insights into the era of the Beatles with performances of their songs.

The Beatles museum BEATLEMANIA comprises five stories exclusively devoted to commemorating the Fab Four. Its exhibitions include memorabilia from the later Beatles-clubs Top Ten and from the legendary Star Club, where The Beatles were performing when their first single "Love Me Do" climbed to number 17 on the British charts.

Hamburg is where the Beatles became stars, and the city now invites everybody to come and 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".





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