So you may be asking yourself, what is Melt! festival? Where does it go on? And if I’ve never even heard of it why does it get included in such an exclusive (or more realistically, lazy) list? Well it’s a pretty exciting music festival located outside Berlin and is the first stop on my 6 week inter railing excursion, so this post is fairly self-indulgent but shur feck it.
Considering I’ll be at the festival in 3 days time I know alarmingly little about the event, what I do know is that it has a cracking line-up combining household international acts with small German favourites. According to Wikipedia the festival is described by its organisers as electronic meets rock and the lineup does nothing to betray this assertion with plenty to keep rockers and ravers happy. The average attendance is under 20,000 rendering Melt! one of the more intimate European gatherings. Aside from the music attractions apparently include a museum of modern machines and a lake, perfect for those over-heated gig goers in need of a dip. Kicking off this Friday, the running order has been available for a while and impressive though the lineup is, a disgraceful level of clashing is sure to leave yours truly with a few tough choices. Heres my provisional plan:
Friday: 16:40 Midlake, 19.30 Pantha du Prince, 20.30 Two Door Cinema Club (over Jaime Xx), 22.00 Delphic (over Health and Jonsi), 23.00 Four Tet (over The Xx and Yeasayer), 1.00 Kele (only some of his set), 1.40 Foals, 3.30 Kode 9, 5.30 Simian Mobile Disco.
Saturday: 18.00 Futureheads, 18.45 Holy Ghost!, 19.30 Blood Red Shoes (end of their set), 21.00 Friendly Fires (over Darwin Deez), 22.00 Miike Snow (over The Big Pink and Jaime T), 23.30 DJ Shadow (over The Dirty Projectors), 3.00 Moderat (start of set only), 3.45 A-Track, 5.00 Tiga.
Sunday: 19.30 Fred Falke, 21.30 Goldfrapp, 22.15 Fake Blood, 23.15 Massive Attack, 2.00 Crookers.