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Royal Republic: "We wanted to be like a James Bond rock band"

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Venue: Hamburg Große Freiheit 36

From music-school origins to fast and furious headbangers, Swedish foursome Royal Republic have mastered the art of rock’n’roll entertainment

Translated from German, ‘Große Freiheit’ means ‘Great Freedom’. Indeed, the street from which tonight’s venue takes its name has a history of libertine activity – from legendary rock events to unbridled debauchery. In the 1960s the Beatles played here, and various music nights that survive today were established. From the 1970s a string of new adult theatres, drag nights and squatters began to arrive, gradually turning Hamburg into Germany’s avant-garde bolthole of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

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