This was Hamburg's Dockville Festival 2017

Liquorice and glitter beat the rain

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Hamburg's MS Dockville music festival transformed Elbe river island Wilhelmsburg into an oasis of colour last weekend.


Kerstin Oppel

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Nearly 25,000 attendees defied the foul weather in wellies and oilskins (the “Frisian mink”) and gave free rein to their emotions on the island in the River Elbe. Mini creative biotopes and nests clustered around the 12 stages: perfect retreats where people could lounge in hammocks, weave garlands of flowers or blow soap bubbles.

There was no trace of sunburn on these festival-goers' faces: specks of mud and glitter were the order of the day. And when the sun fleetingly broke through the clouds, a gigantic rainbow appeared – the cheers were probably heard miles away at the Landungsbrücken landing stages in St. Pauli. As always, the eleventh MS Dockville festival leaves in its wake blistered dancing-feet, an abundance of great encounters and lips with a trace of liquorice liqueur.

Here are our pictures of the weekend:

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  • Colourful art installation from Artville

  • Hammocks provide an escape from the madding crowd.

  • Dancing in the rain under awnings.

  • The "Nest" - a green dance oasis

  • Dockville attendee Louisa makes a flower garland.

  • Dockville trend 2017: a crown of flowers

  • Bunting vs. thunderclouds

  • Sunset brought the cold.

  • Berlin band Gurr transforms "Butterland" into a mosh pit.

  • Key survival tactic: raincoats and wellies

  • Where are all these grey clouds coming from?

  • A storybook rainbow

Summer on the waterfront

Slamville: 22 July

Slamville, the first Poetry Slam Festival in Germany.

Lüttville: 24 to 29 July

This year's Lüttville summer camp gives more than 150 five- to fourteen-year-olds from the Hamburg districts of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel the opportunity to produce small and large artworks, performances and pieces of music in 13 different creative workshops, and to present them at the end to a very big audience at the Dockville Festival.

Richtfest: 29 July

The Opening Ceremony for MS Artville

MS Artville: 29 July to 12 August

MS Artville is an open-air gallery that combines the contrasts of port industry, cultural diversity and artistic underground. A changing cast of international artists and art collectives of all disciplines live and work here on an interdisciplinary, artistic playing field.

Vogelball: 05 August

Every year, the Vogelball – the “Bird Ball” attracts bright-coloured, dance-loving birds to set the mood for the forthcoming MS Dockville Festival

Spektrum: 05 August

The one-day snapshot of the beat culture performs among the conflicts of tradition and boundary crossings, electronic grey areas and classic rap, focusing on quality and variety.

MS Dockville: 18 to 20 August

Every year, music and art are celebrated at the MS Dockville Festival on the second-last weekend in August. In the last rays of the summer sun, more than 120 acts celebrate on 12 stages with more than 25,000 guests.