Reeperbahn Festival 2019 – Karousel x CD Baby x SESAC x Celebration Records

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September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2019

5:00 pm – 12:00 am

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On Thursday September 19th we're back for a 5th consecutive year at our favourite venue in all of Europe, headCRASH on Hamburger Berg. All you need to know on the acts below. Entry is free for anyone with a Reeperbahn Festival Wristband.

As ever, we're delighted to be teaming up with our great friends at SESAC again; and this year we're joined by the killer team at international distribution giants CD Baby, and our friends at Danish label Celebration Records, who are releasing the new album from our beloved Penny Police. These events are only possible because of the support of partners like this, and we're grateful to them for helping us cover the costs of the stage, backline and promo to make sure these incredible artists get the chance to showcase in front of the cream of the European music industry. God forbid, this might be the last time we Brits get to call ourselves *officially* proud Europeans. Let's make the most of it and celebrate music, love, life and the incredibly warm and welcoming people of Hamburg. There's no better audience, no better town, and no better lineup on one stage!

17:00 Reception (for RBF delegates only)
19:00 ++ PENNY POLICE ++
20:00 ++ CORTNEY DIXON ++
21:00 ++ REN HARVIEU ++
23:00 ++ BANG BANG ROMEO ++
00:00 ++ KING KROSS ++

19:00 - 19:30 +++ PENNY POLICE +++

“Pristine Nordic Pop at it’s very best” – Record of The Day
“Blisteringly Beautiful” – Fresh on The Net
“Beautiful... worth the wait... sweeping and majestic...” – The Line Of Best Fit
"Penny Police has conquered her own niche. Each song has its own strength and expression..." – LYDTAPET 5*****
“That she’s a writer and recording artist of upmost integrity has never been in question; but this was a 30-minute moment of an artist realising she’s about to hit bigger things… melodies that flout gravity, and a personality that is so genuine, that it’s impossible to imagine her not making records for the next 20 years – Spiral Magazine

In both title and tone the new album from Penny Police is bursting with hope. With ’Be Lucky’, the woman behind the critically acclaimed art-pop project, Marie Fjeldsted, opens up a room where warm and liberating messages echo: Find your own voice and release the fear of failure. It all stems from her becoming a mother. Penny Police has released four EPs and an album from which several songs have received airplay on Danish National Radio P3, P4 and P6 Beat, NRK P3 (Norway), BBC6 Music and Amazing Radio in UK. She has performed at prestigious festivals such as Spot Festival, Iceland Airwaves, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn and Malmö Festival. Alongside her music she works on several charity projects; including Help Musicians UK, where she has recorded a track in the Legendary Abbey Road Studios for the charity compilation 'Smoke Rainbows'. The engineers in studio 2 were collectively floored by her fragile, beautiful one take performance, and despite having the cream of world talent through the door on a daily basis, said they’d never heard anything like her.

 "Penny Police is way ahead in the way she thinks music" - Kieron Tylor from Mojo Magazine nailed the phenomenon Penny Police in his review from SPOT Festival. Since then, Marie Fjeldsted (Penny Police), has appeared on a number of releases and in several live contexts. As a self- proclaimed "introvert anti-star", it never happens with big gestures, but always insisting on exploring songwriting, composition and sound - creating pop with perspective. This also applies to the new album ‘Be Lucky’, her second full-length, where Marie explores the importance of finding your own way in life, and your own voice. In her own unique and quiet style she examines the Zeitgeist.

“Don’t judge the colours before the sun has come up. Don’t take it on you before you know how to take it off”. 

20:00 - 20:30 +++ CORTNEY DIXON +++

“Her kooky nature is backed up with a distinctive 80’s pop sound that recalls Cyndi Lauper with an extra bit of Kate Bush thrown in to crank up the curiosity.”
Gigs North East
“Cortney Dixon is becoming one of the most talked about artists on the live circuit in not just the North East but the UK... With a gift for intelligent lyrics and a distinctive voice, the rising alternative pop star draws inspiration from the likes of Haim, Amy Winehouse and St Vincent.” 
NE Volume

Cortney Dixon, Newcastle’s young award winning and rising star, releases her hotly anticipated debut single “Summer’s Eyes” on 30 August. The first release from the forthcoming “Our Intuition” EP, produced by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics/Charlatans), is followed by an acoustic version with accompanying videos on 13 September. Championed by CD Baby, Cortney who won “Ubeat Songwriter of the Year” makes her international debut with her full band at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg on Thursday 19 September. The showcase spotlights Cortney and her music as she attracts a rapidly growing following. She returns to the UK to promote further single releases with full band gigs in the run-up to the EP launch early in 2020. Of ‘Summer’s Eyes’, Cortney says: ‘Summer’s Eyes’ (Summer being a girl, not the season) is about when you learn your lover has been unfaithful to you. You desperately want it not to be true. Why does he want her more than me? As anyone who’s experienced this knows, your head and heart can become a breeding ground for resentment, anger and hatred. You need to forgive him though you don’t want to. Forgiveness is not to benefit him but you. You can’t start to heal and move on until you forgive and set yourself free. A creative and prolific writer, Cortney was raised on an eclectic mix of music. She loves St Vincent, Christine & The Queens and Bon Iver, is a fan of ska/punk bands including The Specials, The Clash and The Beat and grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac, Bowie and Kate Bush.

Charismatic with authentic Geordie warmth, quirky charm and a love of vintage clothes, 2020 shines brightly on the horizon for Cortney with more news and updates on the way...

21:00 - 21:30 +++ REN HARVIEU +++

“Harvieu is the kind of Salford lass you can imagine a young Morrissey raving about… a fully formed star.” - THE GUARDIAN 
“Accessibly sumptuous…between easy-listening seductress and torch-song belter, her voice is soulful and dreamy with just a tang of something muskier in its sweetness.” - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 
“Hers is an arresting voice, soft and sweet, but dark in hue and sharp with melancholy, like a vinegar smoothie…. this is an impeccable debut.” - NME

One thing is for certain at this year's festival - you have a chance to see a future world megastar, and this is it. Get in early. Without question, Ren Harvieu is going all the way. Seven years after her Top Five debut album, having overcome a life-threatening injury, darkly enigmatic singer/songwriter Ren Harvieu returns with the first new music to be taken from forthcoming new album Revel In The Drama - due Spring 2020 on Bella Union.  The new album, produced by Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers & Dave Izumi Lynch, departs somewhat from that 60’s setting of her 2012 Debut and delves a more HD world of deeper blacks and brighter colours both musically and lyrically. Ren struck up a telepathic writing partnership with Romeo, who also plays guitar in her live band. It is a record for all seasons, tongue firmly in cheek one minute, heart sucking in dark matter and exploding out supernovas the next. A record packed full of killer singles, this is the first taste of her second debut album, a new beginning.

We'll post up her new single, and the video made by the internationally renowned and legendary Rankin as soon as it goes live.

  22:00 - 22:30 +++ ARTIFICIAL PLEASURE +++

Last year saw the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Bitter End’ which drew praise and 4- star reviews from the NME, The Independent and The Line of Best Fit in the UK. Spain’s Mondo Sonoro and Italy’s TomTomRock scored the album 8/10. Elsewhere the band have been Alexis Petridis' track of the week in Guardian, featured in Interview Magazine and were one of NME's bands to watch prior to releasing their debut. 

In support of the album the band played festivals slots at The Great Escape, Dot-to-Dot, Liverpool Sound City, Live At Leeds, Secret Garden Party and Standon Calling as well as touring the UK. They have also toured further afield in Germany, Poland, Austria and Spain with a festival appearance at Soundrive in Gdansk and shows in Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Barcelona. Radio plays have come from Lauren Laverne & Huw Stephens at 6Music, John Kennedy at XFM and Edith Bowman on Virgin in the UK, while abroad support has come from Zane Lowe at Beats, Flux FM in Berlin and Austria’s FM4 with tastemakers CD102.5 in Ohio, KEXP in Seattle and Reactor 105 in Mexico City also playing the band regularly. The band’s debut single I'll Make It Worth Your While appeared on YouTube’s The Needle Drop and Spotify’s New Indie Mix and currently at 440,000 streams, with the band notching up close to 900,00 Spotify streams to date.


23:00 - 23:30 +++ BANG BANG ROMEO +++

“Anastasia is one of those rare performers whose powerhouse vocals are a perfect match for her exuberant stage presence” – BBC News
“Sheffield soul-rock phenomenon who very nearly demolished the entire Blue Fin building with brilliantly brash alt hits” - NME
“Biggest crowd for an opening act on the main stage in the history of the festival” – John Giddings, Solo Music Agency/Isle of Wight Festival

“They sound just like a Tarantino soundtrack” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Gutsy rock and roll collides with Northern Soul” – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6

“Grand, scintillating bar-rock that could open up the heavens based off the magnitude of Anastasia ‘Stars’ Walker’s voice alone” - Billboard

“She is amazing, her voice is next level” – Tom Grennan

“The most formidable front woman I’ve seen, talk about charisma, presence and a voice to match” – Gordon Smart, Radio X

The ability to create a wonder-filled world of their own is one that has been possessed by some of music's most exciting and memorable artists, from David Bowie to Radiohead and many more in between. Doncaster's Bang Bang Romeo are adding their name to that list, melding drama, dark euphoria, stratospheric tunes and cinematic finesse to transport their fans to another planet. Fronted by vocal powerhouse Stars Walker and featuring Ross Cameron (guitars) and Richard Gartland (drums) Bang Bang Romeo are a young propelling force for a new wave of UK artists and a strong and open voice for the LGBTQ+ community. Stars is being hailed as having a ‘once in 20 years voice’ and the band’s larger-than-life performances are driving audiences wild up all over Europe.

  2018 saw Bang Bang Romeo play over 150 shows – their main stage-opening set at the Isle Of Wight Festival drew the biggest audience for a first-on act in the festival's history (according to John Giddings – festival owner). Their other main stage appearances included Tramlines, Victorious, second stage at Kendal Calling, headline slots at Y-Not & Truck and main stage at Doncaster, Cardiff and Leeds Pride.For 2019 the band joined P!nk on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour – P!nk herself made the selection to include Bang Bang Romeo on the tour and the band have been playing their hearts out to new fans at Wembley Stadium (2 nights) and Berlin Olympiastadion, in-amongst which they were interviewed by Sky TV on the Breakfast sofa. In addition to performing in front of 1.3 millions people in the biggest stadiums across Europe the band performed to a frenzied crowd at Rock Werchter and were main support to Sting at the Montreux Jazz Festival and Foire Aux Vins Festival. At M.J.F. Shania Twain watched their show and is now a fan!

The band have signed a worldwide deal with Eleven Seven Label Group (home to the likes of Blondie, Nelly Furtado and Papa Roach) and for their debut album – recorded in Birmingham, New York and Los Angeles – the band have worked with a roster of industry heavyweights, including producers and co-writers Nicholas RAS Furlong (Avicii, All Time Low), American Authors guitarist James Shelley and New York's Heavy (Goo Goo Dolls. Meanwhile, the record has been mixed by Grammy winner Mark Needham (The Killers, The 1975), and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Arctic Monkeys, Beastie Boys, The Clash). The band are also currently working on tracks with Rhianna and Calvin Harris writers.

Over its 13 songs, 'A Heartbreaker's Guide To The Galaxy' serves as an addictive, wider introduction to the band, packed with tracks that deliver rousing, anthemic hooks while carrying important and emotional messages. The beautiful artwork is designed by the bands drummer and graphic artist – a perfect demonstration of the hard work and artistry that goes in to everything they do. The band embark on their biggest headline tour in the UK in October – in partnership with Live Nation / Metropolis – and it’s already selling out. Promoters from across Europe are eager to have them back after seeing their performances while supporting P!nk and talks are in progress for 2019/2010 shows.

Bang Bang Romeo have support from some notable industry bodies including: MTV BBC News & Radio, Sky TV, Virgin Radio, Radio X, Solo Music, Live Nation, Marshall Arts, NME, The Independent, The Metro and the list of supporters grows weekly.

All this is what makes Bang Bang Romeo such a force to be reckoned with. A multi-talented UK band fronted by one of the most remarkable vocalists and performers of the 21st Century in the form of the torch-bearing Anastasia “Stars” Walker, they are a unique and powerful proposition poised for global success.

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