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Melt! Festival 2011

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As already in the year of  2009 and 2010 we presented you the most important and current information directly from the Melt!-Festival. In contrast to the last years the festival returned the his roots. But this wasn’t a reason for the people to stay away. And so the melt! was sold out early ago. Despite of the electronical renaissance with Paul Kalkbrenner, The Koletzkis, DJ Kotze, Boys Noize and many more the headliner were well know Indie-Legeneds: Pulp. This gallery will take you on a short tour through all days and stages at the Melt!.

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photo: Christoph Paul

Berlin: Heineken Green Sphere (win)

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The location bears the probably most beautiful name in town (Insel der Jugend, isle of youth), the dominant colour is the one of hope (green) and the line-up is a fine and well-selected one. With the Heineken Green Sphere Berlin’s Spree riverside in Treptow will see a fountain of youth manifesting itself in a small Sunday’s openair.
Playing their for now only German gig, Island quintet FM Belfast (photo) will headline the event. It’s feisty cliché-free electro pop they play, which will already go for a second round on June 3 with the release of new full-length Don’t Want To Sleep on Morr. The first impressions embedded below, “I Don’t Want To Go To Sleep Either” (video) and “New Year” (download), turn out be respectively enthusiastic. (And if you need to be convinced by the band’s live qualities first, there’s also a complete and exuberant video recording of a gig, they did earlier this year.)
A diverse DJ support comes from UK band Foals, the always busy Berlin scene eclectics Hunee (Hunch Music, Rush Hour, Permanent Vacation, Ostgut Ton, …) and Hugo Capablanca (Bananamania, Broken Hearts Club, Los Massieras) plus Remmidemmi.

You can register for the event on their website or just win 1×2 guestlist invites here, by being at least 18 years old and leaving us a green comment below! The winner will be chosen by our green thumb random, so good luck!

FM Belfast : I Don’t Want To Go To Sleep Either (Video)

FM Belfast : Live at EVE Fanfest 2011 (Video)

FM Belfast : New Year (Download)

FM Belfast : Vertigo

PHOTO: Hörður Sveinsson

Immergut Festival 2010

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A German poem goes, “The May makes all things new, makes the soul fresh and free. Leave the house, come out. All around gleams sunshine. Bird’s song and horn-rimmed music sounds along the wood.” Few lines, which, too, perfectly suit the Immergut Festival 2010.  Indeed, it not only takes place at the end of May, but is one of the first open-air festivals of the year offering a nice and warm start in the festival season.

Anyway, May hasn’t done everything above yet, except making the Immergut way newer this year. As their primary purpose promoters are trying to restore the old festival charm again, since it has more and more turned into a mass and mainstream event in recent years.

First there’s a new motto, called “All Indian”, for May 28 and 29 and 5000 visitors are invited to celebrate wildly, playfully and brightly dressed with each other. Likewise new will be the third stage seeing songwriters perform and pop authors read out from their books. In addition, various works of art and paintings shall be issued on the area this year.

After all, the biggest change could be a possible relocation of the festival: at the moment the promoters are still searching for a better, more suitable venue as the present one. Nevertheless, it is certain that the Immergut will stay at Neustrelitz. Update: Immergut will stay at its original location. And so for many the most important announcement is the proclaimed agenda to book more unknown and smaller bands to play at the festival again – in contrast to the recent issues.

So when a few weeks ago the first confirmations were announced, people were slightly surprised to find some bigger names on the bill once again. F.i. German electro rock act Mediengruppe Telekommander is anything but unknown at home and exactly the same once can say about the dressed up jesters of Bonaparte. Both bands played many big festivals last year and provided the crowds there with loud and extremely good parties – well, not the worst circumstances to break a promise.

Nearly dressed up like Bonaparte, but substantially more professional and maybe even musically more valuable, Efterklang (photo above) will definitely be one of the big highlights of this year’s Immergut. There are not many bands able to immediately fascinate you from the first tone on and don’t let you go before the ending of the last chord from this artistic bond, however, the Danes belong to them and have earned a good reputation with their melancholic and experimental style.

Too, we will see William Fitzsimmons again. The American singer and songwriter, who we interviewed last year last year, is no more an unknown artist as well, but the Immergut crowd may joyfully forgive the organizers for this. Especially glad one can also be about James Yuill. The likeable Londoner owns by his quiet voice and a accompaniment of both, acoustic and electro sound elements, a very high level of recognition.

Less known but a true enrichment are Talking To Turtles. They do not need a lot for their music, only an extremely devoted singing, a guitar, keyboard and a little bit of percussion. On this occasion the fact, that the band is not an import from the USA or somewhere else, but a local home-grown one from Rostock and Leipzig, is even more gratifying.

A little bit more snappy and electronical are Chikinki from Bristol, UK, rockers will get Tokyo Police Club and all fans of loud and electronic music will get their money’s worth with a Does it offend you, yeah?DJ set and Dancing Pigeons‘ live performance.

You can buy presale tickets for the 11th Immergut Festival in Neustrelitz for € 44,50 (plus garbage security and pre-selling fee). Who would like to visit the festival on Saturday only can get a 1-day ticket for € 33. In case the Immergut is not sold out at the festival weekend, late-determined can acquire a ticket for € 60 at the box office. Further infos can be found at

Update: In the mean time Immergut 2010 line-up got completed and the timetable is almost filled up. By looking at the list of confirmed acts it’s a pleasure to see Immergut getting its nice charme back. You will neither find chart-acts like Polarkreis 18, nor hyped bands like Kettcar at this year’s festival – but less known and smaller acts instead, for example Lali Puna, Official Secrets Act and Norman Palm. Also some newcomer acts like We Were Promised Jetpacks and Two Door Cinema Club confirmed their Immergut appearance.

Unfortunately two acts cancelled the festival: Does it offend you, yeah? won’t play their Dj-Set and Heinz Strunk is not able to be on stage. But the promoters quickly found two alternatives: Bibio and Rocko Schamoni will play instead.  Despite their completely cancelled European tour, Tokyo Police Club will perform at Immergut.

An Horse, Arezu Weitholz, Bibio, Bonaparte, Chikinki, Dancing Pigeons, Does it offend you, yeah?, Efterklang, Everything Everything, FM Belfast, Francesco Wilking, Heinz Strunk, I Heart Sharks, Ja, Panik, James Yuill, Jens Friebe, Karrera Klub Dj-Team, Lali Puna, Mediengruppe Telekommander, My Awesome Mixtape, Norman Palm, Official Secrets Act, Pitchtuner, Remmidemmi Dj-Team, Rocko Schamoni, Talking To Turtles, The Go-Team, The Kissaway Trail, Tokyo Police Club, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, Vierkanttretlager, We Were Promised Jetpacks, William Fitzsimmons

PHOTO: Benjamin Kürstein

Hurricane Festival 2010

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It seems that the booking team of the Hurricane Festival, taking place from June 18 to 20 at Scheeßel, Germany, have done their homework. While many festivals start to announce the first bands during the last weeks, the organisators of the Hurricane have already presented a lot of bands since the beginning of 2010.

Looking at the accredited bands you’ll recognize the variety of musical genres: they range from alternative-rock over electro music to soft synthie- and guitar pop. But most of the bands have one similarity: they played a sold out concert in germany last year. Consequently the hosts can be sure that the festival would be sold out, too. On the other hand, there is also an adavantage for the fans: Those who could not see the concert of their favourite bands have new chance to watch them.

Definitely, The Strokes are the first highlight of the line up list. Already last year the New Yorkers announced a new album for late 2010, but disappointed many fans because the members applied themselves to their solo projects. Fortunately now the fans don’t have to wait any longer. The band works currently on their new record and will surely present some new songs at the Hurricane.  Of course we hope that the performance will be as powerful as in 2006, when Julian Casablancas destroyed a camera on the stage (watch below from 0:52 min on).

Another crowd puller are the Beatsteaks. The German rock band will return on stage this summer. Additionally, the re-united Stone Temple Pilots will perform at the festival. And because we are talking about well-tried bands you can mention that more war horses of the music business are going to play: electro-punker The Prodigy, the two trip hop bands Faithless and Massive Attack, riot-Hamburger Deichkind and Sweden-combo Mando Diao. In contrast to the electric and heavy bands Jack Johnson, who’s been acting in the music business for a long time as well, appears almost like an alien element. Likewise German band Element of Crime is still running on adrenalin and must not miss at any festival today. As always Sven Regner and his band will guarantee a big portion of romanticism.

If you look a little bit down the line-up list, you will find many newcomer of the last year and the music is getting a bit softer and calmer. On of the rediscovery of the last year is The XX. The London three-piece does inspire many people with their melancholic synthie tunes and recently played even three sold out concerts in Berlin. Phoenix, post punk band White Lies, wonder women Florence and the Machine and La Roux with her sweet-pop represent further newcomer band at Hurricane. The boys of Two Door Cinema Club, who will release their second album soon, are a current insiders’ tip. Furthermore the Shout Out Louds will present their new album Work at the festival. Too, Boys Noize and Does it offend you, yeah? will guarantee strong electric tunes and German Audiolith Label is involved with Frittenbude.

The three-day tickets for the festival in Scheeßel cost € 120. Those who will arrive with a caravan have to pay additional € 20 for a camper badge. You can find further information on the festival-website.

If you live in the South of Germany you can visit Hurricane’s sister festival, the Southside Festival, in Neuhausen ob Eck. It takes place at the same weekend and has the identical line-up.

UPDATE: Today the Hurricane promoters confirmed more bands once again.And they couldn’t have been more different at all. On the one hand there’re Vampire Weekend. The New Yorkers provide a mix from pop, alternative and African rhythms for a big good mood soundtrack with their current and second album Contra. Bonaparte and Timid Tiger will also be out for as much fun. The boys of We Are Scientists present a considerably more like rock sounding music and with the Deftones for rather harder minds and Ska legends The Specials, the Huricane bookers have brought another two warhorses of the music business on board.

UPDATE 2: There will be a new stage at the this year. Until now Mr. Oizo, The Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, Erol Alkan, Bratze and FM Belfast comfirmed their live performances. Besides the festival promoters announced some further acts, f.i. Biffy Clyro, for the other stages. You can find the complete line-up below.

Archive, Alberta Cross, Ash, Band of Skulls, Beatsteaks, Biffy Clyro, Bratze, Bigelf, Billy Talent, Bonaparte, Boys Noize, Charlie Winston, Coheed & Cambria, Cosmo Jarvis, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Danko Jones, Deftones, Deichkind, Dendemann, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Donots, Dropkick Murphys, Element Of Crime, Enter Shikari, Erol Alkan, Faithless, Florence and the Machine, FM Belfast, Frank Turner, Frittenbude, Good Shoes, Horse the Band, Hot Water Music, Ignite, Jack Johnson, Jennifer Rostock, K’s Choice, Kashmir, Kap Bambino, Katzenjammer, La Roux, LaBrassBanda, LCD Soundsystem, Local Natives, Madsen, Mando Diao, Marina & the Diamonds, Massive Attack, Moneybrother, Mr. Oizo, Paramore, Phoenix, Porcupine Tree, Revolverheld, Shout Out Louds, Skinred, Skunk Anansie, Stone Temple Pilots, Tegan & Sara, The Blackout, The Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, The Gaslight Anthem, The Get Up Kids, The Hold Steady, The Prodigy, The Specials, The Strokes, The Temper Trap, The XX, Timid Tiger, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, We Are Scientists, White Lies, Zebrahead

Update: March 31 2010, 00:50 p.m.; original article published: March 8 2010, 11:30 a.m.

Appletreegarden Festival 2010

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The fans had to wait very long, but last week the promoters requited the patience announcing the first four bands of the this year’s Appletreegarden Festival taking place from July 23 to 24 in Diepholz.  The small festival, with only 2.500 expected visitors, is one of the insider tips regarding the high number of different festivals in Germany.

Already in 2009 it inspried many people with its sweet charm. In this year the Appletree shall be both, still better and  more beautiful, colorful, because it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary. So see the first four confirmed acts.

We Were Promised Jetpacks are on the top of the list. In the last months the Scottish band toured through Europe and the USA and played in many sold out clubs. Their first album These Four Walls gained many positive critical echoes. Especially the voice of singer Adam Thompson, that is able to explode within short time from silence to a thunderstorm, is one of the band’s most remarkable features. Besides the guitar and drum accompaniment ably frames the chant and completes the sound We Were Promised Jetpacks.

In the second confirmed band one will find two well-known (German) musicians. ClickClickDecker already appeared at the Appletree Festival last year. Together with Der Tante Renate he now constitutes the Hamburg duo Bratze. Both of the Audiolith Records domiciled men complement each other perfectly. While CickClick sings, der Tante Renate builds hackly techno beats. The result is the typical Audiolith Sound as spread by the likes of Frittenbude or Egotronic.

The other two artists are less known in Germany. Swedish five-piece Stompin’ Souls continue the long tradition of Swedish bands at the Appletree. Their guitars sound like Mando Diao (in their early and better days) garnished with synthesizer tunes enthusing many people during the last tours. The for now last confirmed band is from Amsterdam and working on its first album: Go Back To The Zoo are one of the insider tips of the current music scene. Their single „Beam Me Up“ was used by Nike for a worldwide campaign and got published by Universal Music. All in one: it’s dance-able rockmusic with melodies to sing along.

From now on we will wait for the next wave of bands to get confirmed. Surely there will be more action at the line up list very soon and the promoters will announce some more stunning acts. Definitely they are also preparing some big surprises for a proper motley birthday party.

The early-bird tickets are limited to 200 and still available until March 20. They cost € 20. Afterwards the advanced two-days tickets cost € 26. Further information can be found here.

Line-up so far:
1000 Robota, Balthazar, Bratze, Die Sterne, FM Belfast, Friska Viljor, Get Well Soon, Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Go Back To The Zoo, Hellsongs, Oh No Ono, Roman Fischer, Stompin’ Souls, Talking To Turtles, We Have Band, We Were Promised Jetpacks