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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

Victory : The Magician in Berlin

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All details below. Read the German version for more information on the artist here.

The Magician : Magic Tape Twelve (Download)

Peter & The Magician : Twist

Lykke Li : I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix) (Download)

Live : Melt! Picknick

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Bad news for all yet non-ticketholders: this year’s Melt! Festival (July 15 to 17) is already sold out (only a few and special passes can be bought here according to the festival team). If you still want to experience a great dance at the fantastic festival area of the Ferropolis (or just want to warm-up for the actual festival as planned) you still get the chance to do so on this Sunday. Then the second Melt! Picknick, as the Melt! Weekender an official pre-party for the big summer weekend, will take place near Gräfenhainichen.

This year’s curator is an old friend of Melt! and long-term collaborator. So for instance Alex Ridha alias Boys Noize’ gig with his friend Erol Alkan at Melt! 2009 is still unforgotten. Now the Berlin-based producer and DJ has again invited his British mate plus other well-known acts and creative partners such as Tiga, Djedjotronic and Jan Driver to the former Anhalt open-face mine. Alkan will also bring his New Zealand Phantasy label artist Connan Mockasin with, who’s one of the last real weirdos in the game and the creator of the beautifully pop music re-creating Please Turn Me Into The Snat. In terms of stylistic diversity he can also compete with Nottingham’s Lone, although the latter is rather coming from the electronic corner of modern music.

Connan Mockasin : It’s Choade My Dear (Video)

Berlin : Melt! Weekender

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From July 15 to 17 one of Europe’s most interesting mid-sized festivals with Germany’s Melt! returns to of the best festival locations in the world, the iron ghost city that is Ferropolis. And it has already become a tradition to warm up for the big party with various ‘smaller’ events in the months before. For instance, 2011 will see the so-called Melt! Weekender taking over Berlin from this Thursday to Saturday. At Astra ten prestigious acts will play during only three nights.

Thursday offers a current overview on the nowadays’ intersections between sample beats, electronica and hip hop. If you missed Joshua Paul Davis alias DJ Shadow last year at the Melt! main stage (photo above by Christoph Paul) you can now experience him testing his new yet-to-be-released-in-September album live – fifteen after his debut Entroducing….. turned the hip hop world upside down. Support comes from a combination often successfully performed in the UK already: Warp’s Hudson Mohawke and crowd favourite Gold Panda will also fiddle around till ecstasy comes in Berlin. Too, the city’s Jazzanova collective joins for a DJ set.

As experimental but even more diverse is Friday’s line-up: Animal Collective and Planningtorock will already play a together at the Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne the day before, now the US-American psychedelic collective and the identity skewing Berlin solo artist, whose new album W you can pre-listen to at the article’s end, also head to the Melt! Weekender. They are joined by the Palatinate newcomers  Sizarr, who actually deserves leaving for a world career afterwards in AC’s travel luggage.

Finally, Saturday is the big club night. Digitalism return with their new album I Love You, Dude, which already got approved by Jens Moeele’s opera singing father and features the duo’s love for cassette mixtapes, Hamburg’s Reeperbahn and, yes, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes. Old hits as “Pogo” and “Zdarlight” should also be played. With WhoMadeWho three old Melt! friends and one the currently best live acts alive bring their new baby Knee Deep on stage, will Azari & III perform as the golden pulse accelerator.

For all nights you can still get one-day passes as well as three-day-ones here. BUT we are also giving away 1×2 last guest invites to Saturday’s night among all comments you leave below until Friday, 2 pm. The winner will be chosen random, so good luck! Competition has already ended – many thanks!

Melt! Weekender : Animal Collective – 20.05.11 – Berlin

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Melt! Weekender : DJ Shadow – 19.05.11 – Berlin

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These New Puritans : Live video and download before the last Hidden gigs

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Following their concerts together with the Britten Sinfonia, These New Puritans are now about to end the life circle of their second album Hidden (Angular/Domino) during this year’s festival summer to return to the studio again. Their for now last live appearance will hence take place on July 16 at Germany’s Melt! Festival. A new live video from the orchestra tour and a free download of their latest single “Hologram” recoded live should bridge the waiting time until then.

These New Puritans : Hologram (live) (Download)

These New Puritans live:
06./07.05. SOS Festival, Murcia
18.05. Heaven, London
05.06. Karma Love Music Festival, Beijing
03.07. Open’er Festival, Poland
07.07. Les Ardentes Festival, Belgium
08.07. La Machine Du Moulin Rouge, Paris
16.07. Melt Festival, Graefenhainichen

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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

Melt! Liveblog: Der Samstag

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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)

Melt! 2010: Line-up completed

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The line-up: completed. The party: ready to begin! German rap chameleon Dendemann, Berlin DJ Empro, Moderat and the Brits of Simian Mobile Disco with a DJ set plus twelve other newly confirmed artists accomplish the preparations for this year’s Melt! Festival at Ferropolis, Graefenhainichen.

The big highlight from this selection is surely the live appearance of the by Modeselektor and Apparat revitalised Moderat, whose set at Melt! 2009 fell victim to a heavy rain floating the stage. Although the trio shortly after put the project aside with a cordial farewell gig in Berlin, they announced their return for 2010 with a few, selected festival shows. For this year they will bring the vocal talents of Paul “Tikiman” St. Hilaire and Seeed’s Dellé with them, of course to the main stage (once again) on Saturday, while Modeselektor will curate the Desperados Beach stage for the entire Friday night and play a special common gig with German electro rock circus Bonaparte (sic!).

All additions:
Almeidam, Dendemann, The Cheapers, Empro, Sven Jozwiak, Luna City Express, Markus Meinhard und Mutlu, Kraushaar & Gradmann, Melanie Melancholie, Moderat feat. Paul St. Hilaire & Dellé, Ptterns, RemmiDemmi DJ Team, Schulz & Söhne, Simian Mobile Disco (DJ-Set), Christian Steiffen, Thomalla

Alas, Markus Kavka, Mike Banks (who should play with Carl Craig) and Sweat.X had to cancel their appearances.

See our comprehensive festival preview including the whole line-up and all other necessary information here and our live blog and review of 2009 here and here. Too, there’s a new Melt! video series presenting a new video on the festival every Wednesday over at

Video | Moderat “Rusty Nails”

Video | Dendemann “Stumpf ist Trumpf”