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Melt! Festival 2010

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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

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.

We recommend: Melt! Festival 2010

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From July 16 to 18 2010 we (and thousands of other people) will once again pilgrim to five huge, steel-built machines in an old former East-German opencast mining. But instead of working instead of working in the mud one will go for a swim in the new lake and enjoy another three-day-long Melt! Festival at the fascinating Ferropolis.

This year the Sunday’s headliner slot was given to Massive Attack, who just released their new album Heligoland. Robert Del Naja & Co will meet a lot of stars, mainly from the electronic music scene, there: for instance doyen Carl Craig will appear on stage and so will Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn, Four Tet, Booka Shade, Pantha du Prince and Modeselektor, who will get their own Melt!selektor Stage on Friday to headline a night of favourite acts with an own appearance together with Berlin’s music circus / band Bonaparte, after their second project Moderat last year literally drowned in the pouring rain.

One can surely add the sets of A-Trak, DJ Shadow and Crookers plus the collaborations of Henrik Schwarz with Jesse Rose (alias Black Rose) and Lindstrøm with Christabelle to the further highlights, while the Ostgut Ton Meltdown will bring to not only the famous / infamous atmosphere of the Berghain club to a festival but a lot of the first artists ever appeared at the festival with its thirteen editions by now.

And this time Jamie from The XX will exclusively introduce the Melt! crowd to his new dubstep solo project live besides playing with his original band as well! Elsewhere The Very Best and Schlachthofbronx showcase new trends in global music like former Melt! acts like Buraka Som Sistema did before.

Furthermore the festival puts its focus on well-tried music. With Tocotronic and Die Sterne, two grandees of German rock will return to Melt! as well as the almost festival residents Ellen Allien and former German MTV host and DJ Markus Kavka, who will officially open the festival again. Get Well Soon and Blood Red Shoes will bring some 2008-edition flavour, WhoMadeWho are back again, too, and the Foals will finally make good for their last-minute cancelled gig last year. Hamburg’s Audiolith label another well-known and will present a free Audiolith-Pferdemarkt (horse market) already on Thursday (!) with live appearances by Egotronic, Bratze, Frittenbude and Saalschutz.

A 3-day ticket will cost your € 94  (plus plus pre-sale fee and € 5 garbage deposit) this year and a 2-day ticket (Friday and Saturday only) € 74 (plus plus pre-sale fee and € 5 garbage deposit).

See our live blog from the recent Melt! edition plus complete reviews from 2009 (sadly till now none of our headliner suggestions from then is featured) and 2008 here, the official festival website here and the complete line-up below. More acts will follow soon.

Melt! Festival 2010 Line-up:
1000 Robota, A-Trak, Mathias Aguayo & Band, Ellen Allien, Almeida, Ata, An Horse, Archie Bronson Outfit, autoKratz, Beta, The Big Pink, Black Mountain, Black Rose (Henrik Schwarz & Jesse Rose live), Blood Red Shoes, Bonaparte, Bonaparte, Booka Shade, Boris, Bratze, Broken Bells, The Cheapers, Chromeo, Carl Craig feat. Mike Banks, Chris Cunningham, Clues, Crookers, Danger, Darwin Deez, Delphic, Dendemann, Marcel Dettmann, Dirty Disco Youth, Dirty Projectors, dOP, Douster, Edu K, Egotronic, Empro, Fake Blood, Fred Falke, Marcel Fengler, Fieber-Tanzparty, Roman Flügel, Foals, Four Tet, Frittenbude, Friendly Fires, Fucked Up!, Marius Funk, Sascha Funke, The Futureheads, Get Well Soon, Goldfrapp, Daniel Haaksman, HEALTH, Hemmann & Kaden live, Hercules and Love Affair, Holy Ghost, Nick Höppner, Hurts, Ja, Panik, Jackmaster, Jamie Lidell, Jamie T, Jamie XX, Jamaica, Johnossi, Jónsi, Markus Kavka, Sven Jozwiak, Karrera Klub, Kele, King Kong Kicks, Kings of Convenience, Ben Klock, Oliver Koletzki, Kode 9 vs. Matyrn, Kraushaar & Gradmann, Monika Kruse, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Luna City Express, Mala, Massive Attack, Markus Meinhard, Melanie Melancholie, Midlake, Miike Snow, Modeselektor feat. Bonaparte (live), Moderat ft. Paul St. Hilaire & Dellé, ND Baumecker, Mutulu, Norman Nodge, Pantha Du Prince, Ewan Pearson, DJ Pete, Philipp Poisel, Popof (live), Post War Years, Prosumer, Ptterns, Radio & Fernseh, RemmiDemmi DJ Team, Revolver Club, Riton, Saalschutz, Schlachthofbronx, DJ Shadow, Shed (live), Shout Out Louds, Simian Mobile Disco, Sinden, Skate, Slagmalsklubben, Steffi, Chrisitan Steiffen, Die Sterne, Tama Sumo, Team Recorder, Tiefschwarz, Matthias Tanzmann, Thomalla, Tobias Thomas, Tiga, Tocotronic, Martin Topley Bird, Trashpop, Trip Fontaine, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, The Very Best, Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn (live), Wareika, WhoMadeWho, The Wombats, Yeasayer, The XX