May City Events in Hamburg
May is a big month for Hamburg, with two giant calendar dates of the splendour on the water that is the annual Hamburg Harbour Birthday Festival and Altonale, the cultural equivalent of a banquet. However, you know that there is loads of other stuff on, so have a look at what we think is good:
1. Hamburg Harbour Birthday Festival in the Harbour Area – 9th – 12th May
The annual Hamburg Harbour Birthday Festival is the largest in the world so if you are in the city in May it is an absolute must. Even if you are not very nautical there are loads of things to do. Opening and closing the festival is the amazing harbour parade with ships and cruisers mixing with sail boats and tiny fishing boats, a sight to see. The Tug Boat Ballet is something we will be heading down there to watch. The Hafenmeile is more than a mile of food stalls, street performers and nick-nack shops, stretching from the piers to the fish auction hall, selling all sorts of boat related stuff. As usual there is a huge section to the Hafenmeile from the partner country, Italy. One thing you must not miss is the firework display late night on Saturday evening. See you there!
2. Matrix Live at O2 World – 17th May
This is something for sci-fi fans. The Matrix films have turned into cult classics and now you can experience the original movie but with a live and unbelievable sound track from the NDR Radio Philharmonic. You can see the classic scene where Neo dodges the bullets with music that will send shivers down your spine. So “believe the unbelievable”, we can only show you the door, you have to walk through it. Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. Get down to the O2 for the experience of a lifetime, or is it?
3. Hamburg Cultural Festival, city wide – 31st May – 16th June
Better known as Altonale, the Hamburg Cultural festival is time to immerse yourself in the arts in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. With music, dancing, theatre, literature, film and a huge street party, there are too many events to list here. We recommend the “Altona served” a culinary mile on Ottenser main road where you can watch local chefs cooking up a storm. Or maybe the Altonale Art Market is more your thing on Bahrenfelder street where you can pick up a piece of authentic Hamburg art for next to nothing. The night of nights is not to be missed, literally a whole night of concerts and music at the Christian Church on Klopstock Court. Whatever you are into there will be something to suit your taste at Altonale.
4. Night of the Jumps at O2 World – 24th – 25th May
How about some adrenalin pumping action? The Night of the Jumps is one of those nights that will stay with you. Some of the world’s top motocross riders take to the stage and perform some mind blowing tricks on their souped-up bikes, just for laughs. As this is not part of the MX championship series so the stars are a lot more relaxed and there is an opportunity for you to get pics with your favourites and chat to them about the sport.
5. BIG BOYS, a comedy by Rich Orloff at English Theatre – From 9th May
If you work in an office then beware this play could put you off for life. Inspired by American big business the synopsis of Big Boys is about two men working together. One is the arrogant, self-satisfied, successful boss and the other his insecure, eager-to-please and unhappy assistant. You can expect lots of laughs and not a few home truths about what happens in large companies and what lengths men may go to get what they want. If you liked “The Office” or “The Devil Wears Prada” then you will love this one.
6. Hamburger SV vs Bayer Leverkusen at Imetch Arena – 18th May
And now a bit more sport. If you are following the Bundesliga you will have noticed that Hamburg are slipping somewhat in the table and are now in 11th place. So this match against 3rd place Bayer Leverkusen will be tough but it is vital for them to get back on track. Although it pretty much looks like leaders Bayern Munich, who recently beat Hamburg, are uncatchable with around a 20 point lead on second place Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg SV need to pull their finger out if they don’t want to end up in the relegation zone.
7. Axel Hacke: Colonel Chicken and Other Stories at St Pauli Theatre – 15th May
OK so now for something to lighten the mood a little. If you fancy some comedy then you can’t go far wrong with Axel Hacke. Having been a young politician, a journalist and editor for Süddeutsche Zeitung as well as a political writer Hacke seems to have quite a lot to say. With Colonel Chicken and Other Stories Hacke reveals the secrets of the German language on foreign menus. Sounds bizarre doesn’t it? Yet it will have you crying with laughter. So why not try out some classic German humour?
8. Naturally 7 at Laeiszhalle – 19th May
Who said musicians needed to play instruments to make a great sound? Not Naturally7 that’s for sure. This America group are the kings of acapella with their own personal style called “Vocal Play”. With their roots in New York rap and beat boxing, as well as old style barber shop and gospel, you might think their music is strange. And it is, but in a good way. Each member has their own place in the harmonies and each has their own unique talent. From the lead “singer” Roger Thomas to “Bass” Armand “Hops” Hutton their voices mix perfectly and as they have only their voices to carry they can perform anywhere even on the Paris Metro!
9. OMD at Hamburg Docks – 21st May
A band that needs no introduction OMD, or Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark if you weren’t sure, were one of the biggest bands in the 80’s, and at the forefront of electronic music in the era they are back with a new album; “English Electric”, and a world tour. Listening to their latest single “Metroland” it’s like they’ve never been away and if you liked “Enola Gay” you will love this.
10. Pan-Pot at Ego – 31st May
How about an awesome club night to finish off this month’s round up? We love a good party and club Ego in St Pauli is one of those places you want to go back to again and again. The last day in May is going to be a great night at Ego with techno, dynamic duo Pan-Pot in charge of the decks and tunes. Both from Berlin, their sound is best described as underground techno with a pinch of house thrown in for good measure. So if you are looking for somewhere to dance until dawn then Ego and Pan-Pot will help you out.