Reeperbahn Festival’s second annual New York Edition Wednesday, June 7 at A2IM Indie Week was an incredible success. Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition, presented by Consequence of Sound, crowded esteemed Lower East Side venue Pianos with fans, industry, media, and artists. At Pianos, the crowd included international A2IM Indie Week and Reeperbahn Festival delegates, as well as local media who enjoyed an alternating stage setup that delivered seven astounding performances in just four hours. Attendees from roughly twenty European record labels, management firms, distributors, conventions, and government export offices met American media, industry, and fans for sets from Carnival Youth, We Bless This Mess, Leyya, Lydmor, Albin Lee Meldau, Megan Bonnell, and Olivier St. Louis. Photos from the night are available at Consequence of Sound, and a video recapping the night is available here.
Just before this year’s Reeperbahn Festival New York Edition at A2IM Indie Week, ANCHOR, the festival’s new accolade for the most promising emerging talent, hosted a press conference in A2IM headquarters The Clemente as another part of A2IM Indie Week. Legendary David Bowie-associated producer Tony Visconti and Metric/Broken Social Scene songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Emily Haines revealed their co-judges on the ANCHOR 2017 jury during the press conference, which was moderated by Music Week’s US editor Emmanuel Legrand. Among these co-judges are Huw Stephens of BBC Radio 1 and the folk pop duo BOY; Shirley Manson of Garbage (though not present) is a judge as well. Other guests at the press conference included ANCHOR 2016 winner Albin Lee Meldau and Reeperbahn Festival director Alexander Schulz.