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Melt! Festival 2010

02:26 AM

As already in the year of  2009 we presented you the most important and current information directly from the Melt!-Festival. 2010 the line up also promised a lot of good music and fulfilled all expectations and even more than that.  From punk sounds with Fucked Up or The Big Pink to electronic music à la Hercules and Love Affair and DJ Shadow the weekend was rich of musical highlights. This gallery will take you on a short tour through all days and stages at the Melt!.

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photo: Christoph Paul

Melt! Liveblog: Der Samstag

08:59 PM

Hello again! After our first live blog in 2009 we are finally back at the fantastic Melt! Festival to cover the 13th issue as it happens – including photos (by Christoph Paul) and some first impressions (by Thomas Vorreyer).

Sunday, 16:40: The end is near … After it’s implementation in 2008, the third issue of festival day number three, the Sunday, invites us to a smaller (three instead of five stages) but even denser cast day. While Kings of Convenience are currently stroking their strings behind us, the Post War Years, Fucked Up, Crookers, WhoMadeWho, Slagmalsklubben and of course Goldfrapp and festival headliner Massive Attack are getting ready to hit the stages over the day and night.

Alas, we got a bit kept away from the blog yesterday because of interviews and more. So here’s eventually our review of the complete Saturday:

Despite of the mild weather the day kicked off quite slowly and turned out to don’t enjoy as much as highlights as the Friday before. Although, our dear Friendly Fires, who told us their gig at Melt! 2008 during the rain and storm mayhem was their first ever, played one of the by far best shows of the entire weekend. The band machine appeared to be very well oiled by now and the crowd cheered them, waving and dancing as one. During the new song “Running Away” even transformed-to-balloons condomes danced over our heads – interview follows soon. Of course, the dance-rock of Holy Ghost was lenient in comparison, while Hurts suprisingly well filled the light, late afternoon slot between these two on the Gemini stage with the usual big-gesture pop grandezza.

In the meantime the main stage got covered in some rougher sounds: Blood Red Shoes stormed powerfully, but solid as always through their set and Dendemann demonstrated the numerous international guests, that in Germany intelligent and brave hip-hop and mullet cuts can indeed go hand in hand. Parallel to this Darwin Deez stole their hearts of the younger crowd in the Intro tent, before The Big Pink entered it to blow the not fully filled tent away. But yet their grandiloquent guitar-synthie rock may would have fit the man stage better then the bit dry Jamie T did – interview follows.

Next: dance attack! Soul-pop singer Jamie Lidell, DJ Shadow, Sinden and German band Die Sterne played live parallel to each other. And it might hasn’t been a knockout victory, but a clear one by scores for Lidell, who thus had best sound at the Gemini. Here then Hercules and Love Affair took over the mic and beats with an almost all-new set basing on their new, yet-unreleased, second album. Sadly, the new line-up and their stringently chruny Chicago-to-Detroit oldschool mix, including the even sphericly re-arranged old hits “Blind” and “You Belong”, were a bit too many news for the crowd and the set undeservedly did not enflame everyone fully. Still, they all stayed at the stage to get loose of their coresponding dance reserves at Chromeo, who turned their gig with some nice audio and visual show extras into a really good on, before the DJs A-Trak, Tiga, Carl Craig and of course German tiro Moderat (Fotos) took over the direction for the rest of the night.

Chromeo, DJ Shadow, Hercules and Love Affair, Melt! crowd (2), The Big Pink, Jamie T, Friendly Fires (2), Dendemann, Hurts, Blood Red Shoes, Holy Ghost, Jamaica

Saturday, 16:00: The Melt! Saturday has just begun and while we are looking forward to the likes of Jamaica, Holy Ghost!, Darwin Deez, Maskinen, Hercules and Love Affair, Chromeo, Tiefschwarz and Hurts (and to interview Friendly Fires and the Big Pink), let’s have a short and final retrograd look on Friday night. After Jónsi some strange sitar sounds led us to Yeasayer, where Chris Keating showed up with a vocal performance with all the sexiness and extravaganza immediately reminding us of Prince and, yes somehow, Michael Jackson in their greater days. One haven’t seen and heard such thing in  quite a long time and would have perfectly fit on the big main stage, where The XX were facing the mammoth task to present their intimate and minimalistic compositions within such a great frame. Apparently, they did it master it well. Key role was taken over by Jamie once again, who was enthroned behind a great, white X on black ground and a laser light roof drawn over the Ferropolis. He not only did rearranged the band’s songs but relined them with some heavy beats. And who watched Oliver trying out some unexpected, standard rock bassist moves, can may predicted the possible new direction this band will take from now on. Who, who already did follow this electronic path on his own, is Kele Okereke off Bloc Party. While his muscle-bound body satisfied completely, his set did only partly considering quite a few lengths in it. Too, not totally convincing where Foals, who played a – compared to their own benchmark – just average set despite a very driven Yannis Philippakis. Headling their own day stage at beach Modeselektor then didn’t reach the maximum as well, although guest appearances by Bonaparte promised a lot more action. Alas, it turned out to be just the addition, but not the desired multiplication of their forces. But still there was a 100% great end with the energetic live set of autoKratz in the Intro tent.

Autokratz (2), Modeselektor, Foals, Kele (2), The XX (2), Yeasayer

Friday, 23:32: Another round of diverse gigs lies behind us. We smiled at all the adolescence in the front row of Two Door Cinema Club, left the stage to dance to a brilliant dubstep-electro DJ set by Jamie XX at the beach (!) and got pulled away to the main stage again by our German heroes Tocotronic. Here, Dirk von Lowtzow almost enthusiastically greeted the crowd and praised the resistance once again and just for fun, while Rick Mc Phail was miming a modern god of guitar. This spectacle got followed by a delicious visual sandwich: a blue flash light orgy and loads of cheesiness by Delphic, lightening and thunder at HEALTH, who fantastically re-structured “Crimewave” into a new, even bigger version, and finally Jónsi, whose great, but complex and intimate setting and show was maybe ab bit too intimate for the big main stage and the oval in front of it. Now we are looking forward to Yeasayer, Four Tet, The XX, Kele, Foals, autoKratz, Modeselektor ft. Bonaparte and many others.

Jónsi, HEALTH (2), Delphic, Tocotronic (2), Jamie XX, Two Door Cinema Club

Friday, 20:36: Words race with drops of sweat towards the keyboard – this Melt! Festival has already crossed its melting point. It’ sunny and super hot here and after the Audiolith Pferdemarkt yesterday at the festival side and the Introducing party in Berlin (photos below) Bonaparte and Midlake could finally open the big party to everyone, while the Big Wheel Stage was surrounded by a sweating mass covered in dust and seduced by the fine tunes of Oliver Koletzki. Then – parallel to Ja, Panik and Pantha du Prince – Sweden’s finest, the Shout Out Louds, hit the stage. Too bad they prepared an undercooled set to fight the heat. But they were some highlights still: the undestroyable beauty of “Impossible” for instance or their short cover of “Walking Like an Egyptian”, which now stands in a line with “Train in Vain” from their 2007er Melt! appearance. Now Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie XX and Tocotronic are about to begin. Looks like everyone reached working temperature immediately.

Shout Out Louds, Converse Mainstage

Post War Years and Alexander’s Festival Hall, Introducing (yesterday in Berlin)

We recommend: 1-2-3-4 Festival

05:10 AM

Looks like all this swine flu hysteria happened already almost a year ago. At least, we are pretty sure it did, since Anna heroically send us these cool photos from London’s 1-2-3-4 Festival from her sick-bed after catching the damn flu on the festival’s 2009 issue. You see, not everything was hysteria only. Anyway, lucky you will have no need to fear the flu at 1234 this year, but maybe you should be aware that your head could may explode, when you have to decide between the four stages at Shoreditch Park on July 23, curated by Sean McLusky.

For instance Canada’s (or the even world’s?) best and friendliest hardcore band, Fucked Up, will appear live with über charismatic singer Father Damian, who just left a totally non-hardcore crowd at Melt! Festival both, amazed and destroyed (see photo above, interview will be up soon). Too, Wavves will bring their new, even-better album King of the Beach live on stage.

But hey, there are some old heroes in the game as well: Peter Hook off New Order and Joy Division fame will perform the entire monolithic, dark beauty that is the latter’s debut album Unknown Pleasure live – more than 31 years after its release. Sex-Pistols-inspired, second (early) punk wave heroes Vic Godard and the Subway Sect are as well on board as original Pistols-member Glen Matlock, who will play together some of his very (old) favourites together with Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes (bothPrimal Scream), , Barrie Cadogan (Little Barrie/Primal Scream) and Zak Starkey (The Who) in the super star cover band The Silver Machine.

Legends-in-the-making These New Puritans will headline stage number two, the Now Music Stage, leading quite a bunch of talented, young UK acts like Rolo Tomassi, INVASION, A Grave With No Name, S.C.U.M, Comanechi, The Ruling Class spread all other the festival – some of them with their second albums already out in the ether, other’s still working on their debut. All girl power can be expected from the great likes of Vivian Girls, Veronica Falls, Dum Dum Girls and yeah, No Bra

Too, an autoKratz DJ set, We Have Band, Brackles, Drop The Lime, Nuke Them ALL (in the backstage) and of course the fastest rising star of the last season, Toddla T (with MC Serocee), and the veteran maestros off Optimo will take care of your dancing feets. And from about 10 pm on there will no less than 14 (!) aftershow parties in clubs venues like the Rivington Street warehouse (the official AP hosted Dollop and the 1234), The Old Blue Last or Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Check them all here.

Complete line-up with previously unmentioned artists below.


A Grave With No Name, A1 Bassline, Action Beat, Autokratz (DJs), BabeShadow, Bitches, Black Daniel, Blood Music, Bo Ningen, Breton, Civil Civic, Comanechi, Dark Horses, Deadly Rhythm Soundsystem, Dollop, Dum Dum Girls, Fucked Up, Flats, Hind Ear, Hocus Tocus, Human HairInvasion, Islington Boys Club, Javier Razzmatazz, Kids On Bridges, Kill The Dandies, La Shark, Le VICTOR, Le Volume Courbe, Mafia Lights, Maria & the Mirrors, Matthew Wowow, Mazes, MIM (Black Cab Sessions), Monty ONecro Deathmort, No Bra, Not Cool, Nuke Them ALL, OneMan, Optimo, Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order), Prizes, Pull In Emergency, Queens Of Noize, Random Impulse, Red Drapes, Rolo Tomassi, S.C.U.M, Screaming Tea Party, Sharks, Shunda K (Yo Majesty), Spectrals, Steve Morell, Still Corners, Sunderbans, Swathes, The Eyes in The Heat, The Long March,The Lovely Jonjo, The Pre New (Present Earl Brutus), The Proper Ornaments, The Ruling Class, The Silver Machine, The Tamborines, These New Puritans, The Toes, thisaintnodisco, Thrush Metal, Toddla T & MC Serocee, Trailer Trash Tracys, Tronik Youth, Turbogeist, Ulpa, Veronica Falls, Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Victorian Talking Machine, Vivian Girls, Von Haze, Wavves, We Have Band, Zombie Zombie

PHOTO: CHRISTOPH PAUL – All rights reserved.

autoKratz “Skin Machine”

11:56 AM

More than 200 gigs British electro-duo autoKratz has played all over the world in the recent years, many of them in Berlin, but surely by far the most in their native London. Touring their early singles like Reaktor and debut album Animal David Cox and Russell Crank got well know for an always charismatic, energetic and rousing live performance and now it’s about time for them to take the next step, the next level.

Drummer Robin Rigoulet joined the band’s live line-up in the last month and March 2010 will see them starting another yet-to-be-announced tour bringing their new setup to a town near you. Too, autoKratz will release Animal’s follow-up this fall. But before this their new Kick EP produced by Ex-Andrew-Weatherall-collaborator Jagz Kooner, who’s been working with the likes of Primal Scream, Kasabian, Infadels 0r Manic Street Preachers before, will see the light of day in April 2010 on Kitsuné.

Luckily we have a now a B-side called “Skin Machine” – a nastily pumping instrumental using David’s voice only as an effect on it – to share with you as a free download (mp3, 320 kBit/s). See below for a stream of the song and a live video footage from a secret London gig at which Autokratz premiered their new line-up. We’ll keep you posted for more announcements and the tour.

Autokratz “Skin Machine” by aufgemischt

PHOTO: Yusuke Miyazaki

autoKratz video contest & tour

08:41 PM


Attention movie directors and artists: after British club band autoKratz easily lead us through this summer, they‘re now up to release new single “Speak In Silence”. But there’s only one thing missing and that’s a video for it. So it’s your turn to make one and we now pass over to their label Kitsuné to give you the details:

autoKratz invite aspiring film makers to submit a music video for upcoming single ‘Speak In Silence’.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to direct the official video for this epic pop anthem, a track which will be the third single taken from autoKratz critically acclaimed debut album ‘Animal’.

There are no rules regarding the production of the video and any style that you feel fits the track is suitable.

The winning video will become the official promotional video and will be featured across kitsune websites and platforms and blogged all across the internet.

The closing date for entries is Monday October 26thh 2009. When your video is done, please send a youtube link to

Download the track here (Username: director Password: animal) and good luck!

Btw: it seems like autoKratz will never stop touring so they’re on the road again pretty soon. See Switzerland, Germany and UK dates below (check Myspace for France and Benelux):
31.10. Bad Bonn – Dudingen (CH)
01.11. Kugl – St. Gallen (CH)
04.11. Gebäude 9 – Cologne
05.11. Erste Liga – Munich
06.11. Magnet – Berlin
07.11. Rakete – Nurnberg
18.11. Academy 2 – Oxford (UK)
19.11. Old Fire Station – Bournemouth (UK)
20.11. Korova – Liverpool (UK)
21.11. The Warehouse Project – Manchester (UK)
25.11. Leadmill – Sheffield (UK)
28.11. Start The Bus – Bristol (UK)
03.12. autoKratz party – TBA London (UK)

autoKratz invite aspiring film makers to submit a music video for upcoming single ‘Speak In Silence’.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to direct the official video for this epic pop anthem, a track which will be the third single taken from autoKratz critically acclaimed debut album ‘Animal’.

There are no rules regarding the production of the video and any style that you feel fits the track is suitable.

The winning video will become the official promotional video and will be featured across kitsune websites and platforms and blogged all across the internet.

The closing date for entries is Monday October 26thh 2009. When your video is done, please send a youtube link to

The track can be downloaded here:
Username: director Password: animal

The 1-2-3-4 Festival review

02:09 PM

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A festival which leaves your photographer with swine flu can’t sadly be the best festival of all times. And like our friend ANNA FERRARO this years 1-2-3-4 Festival at Shoreditch Park, London, had to suffer some struggles, too. To name the main issues: The wheather was unsteady like a 13-year-old, the running order turned into a lottery and Shoreditch Park, which by the way is the place where Englands grey industrial tenements meet Londons poor art scene, was full of boring people thinking posing around is the new dancing.

But every concert Anna caught by luck was great. So have a look on Autokratz smashing the crowd, Ulterior presenting their leather fetish once more, Crystal Fighters’ Sebastian letting Andrew VanWyngarden look like an office worker next to him and many more pics. Don’t miss the unknown dog pictured above, who was something like the secret icon of the festival. See all of Anna’s photos at her Flickr page.

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