I’m not often to be found on Sankt Pauli’s Spielbudenplatz of a Saturday night, but there I stood a couple of weeks ago. And the reason? Well, it turns out that in addition to hosting concerts in more traditional venues, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival had decided to unleash the frenetic ‘Kolektif Istanbul’ (http://www.kolektifistanbul.com/) on a somewhat surprised and impressed Reeperbahn.
In addition to the concert being free – always enticing – the choice of group was pretty inspired. The band played to a really enthusiastic crowd, and they were brilliantly supported by the hyper-energetic and incredibly enthusiastic DJ Ipek (http://dj-ipek.com/). It was one of those gigs that reminds you of just how uplifting it can be to attend a live music event and it’s one of only a series of concerts in this year’s SHMF program.
As you may have guessed, the focus of this year’s festival is Turkey and it offers locals a window to the musical soul of modern Turkey. For any of you who’ve seen Fatih Akin’s ‘Crossing the Bridge’, you’ll already have some idea that contemporary Turkish music isn’t limited to Tarkan!
There are concerts going on throughout Hamburg and the surrounding areas, and it’s running until 28 August, so you should be able to find a few interesting concerts to check out.
My own recommendation is the Aynur Doğan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymKv2eH4fLA) concert which takes place on 06 August 2011 in a pretty exotic location.