German music and British musicians in Germany
In the latest edition of our 'In Focus' series, we take a look at how German cities inspired British musicians such as David Bowie and The Beatles. Additionally, we've looked at some German artists who are making waves with slightly different music to what is usually exported from Germany. With the festival season in full-swing, we've compiled a list of the best Germany has to offer to fans of all types of music!
Berlin has long boasted a thriving and ever-evolving underground music scene . Since the 60s, the city's musical landscape has produced experimental rock groups such as Can, Cluster and to seminal techno and electronic acts such as Kraftwerk or Einstürzende Neubauten. Throughout previous decades, famous British artists have held an interest and fascination for the city, with the German capital playing an important role for many.
When the Beatles first arrived in Hamburg in 1960, few would have predicted the global acclaim and popularity the band would go on to achieve just three short years later. From 1961-62, the Beatles visited Hamburg several times where they lived and performed in the heart of the city's red light district. These redicences would have a significant impact on the group and set the band on course for world-wide popularity.
Germany's multifaceted music scene ranges from thrilling electronic music through groovy rock sounds to classical music filled with historic heritage, but there is German music that is a bit harder to fit into a distinct genre.
No feature on German music would be complete without mentioning the Eurovision Song Contest, which is a very popular event in Germany. Over the more than five decades of its existence it has become a modern classic with a devoted following.