One of Germany’s most legendary festivals, since 1997 Melt! has been the gathering point for the dreamers and the diverse who want to dance the night away to the biggest electronic and alternative tunes. Huge acts including Bjork, Jamie XX, Lana Del Rey and Oasis have headlined this huge event in the past and 2018’s line-up is just as incredible.
There’s something for everyone this year from the soothing tones of The XX to the fired up performances of Florence Welch. Here are the acts to plan into your weekend schedule.
Take a ride to Ferropolis with all your besties in tow. Break out of your daily routines and become one with the present. Let yourself drift from stage to stage listening to the peninsula’s pulsating beats between breathtaking steel giants. Dive into a flickering sea of lights until the sun rises again on Lake Gremmin’s horizon. Then jump into the lake’s cool waters and start anew: that’s the legendary Melt Festival for you. Giant disco balls hang from the ends of dozens of mining cranes and towering diggers, lighting up the crowd in neon blues, greens and pinks at midnight as fire shoots into the dark sky. It’s a strikingly dystopian yet beautiful festival where, like nearby Berlin, the party never stops.
In two words...go crazy! "Everyone is a bit more mature and responsible when it comes to style" says Stefan Lehmkuhl, the artistic director of Melt. "In fact, the crowd and its style are equally diverse and unique as the Festival itself - a melting pot of various cultures, influences and urbanism. With people from all over the world, Melt has become one of the most international and therefore most fashionable festivals in the world, providing the perfect setting for trends and Instagram backdrops. Where else can you see drag queens dancing with men in leopard print leggings and vintage string vests or women dressed up as unicorns or goth-cats? There’s plenty of room for eccentricity at Melt."
Melt is kind of a Garden of Eden for music lovers, interested in all various trends and kinds of music. Melt offers a genre-spanning, zeitgeist lineup from the most auspicious acts of the future to confirmed greats, all with the breathtaking Ferropolis as a backdrop, a one-time can’t-miss combination.
The XX, Florence + The Machine, Fever Ray, Tyler the Creator, Nina Kraviz, Mura Masa and many more. As usual, there are more than a hundred other good reasons to start out for Ferropolis in July, e.g. ODESZA, Jon Hopkins (Live), Ben Klock, Modeselektor (DJ), Apparat (DJ) Cigarettes After Sex, Little Dragon, The Internet, Badbadnotgood, Princess Nokia, The Black Madonna, Mount Kimbie or Alma.
Berlin in summer is usually pretty dry - leave the umbrella at home but we recommend you take along a fold-up poncho just in case. Don't forget the sunnies too!
Staying the night? Melt! has some awesome campsites to sign up for. Here are your options:
There’s the usual round-up of festival food stalls at Melt! Expect to choose from traditional German cuisine, as well as Thai, Doner and many more throughout the event. There are also plenty of beer stalls as well, of course.Cashless paymentsAll vendors are cashless at Melt! You will receive a chip card you can top up and use throughout the weekend. It means there’s no need to take your purse/wallet which reduces the chances of losing it.
What else is there to check out while at Melt!? Add these to your weekend plans:
This space at the festival features non-stop music, 24 hours a day, for the whole weekend. DJs and artists take shifts and once you get wrapped up in the music you may lose a few hours.
Melt! is held in the ‘city of iron’, an open museum for industrial machines, so look out for these around the festival.
If you’re travelling by car, a parking ticket costs 10€ from Thursday to Monday.Caravans can park for 29€ - make a European road trip out of it.
The nearest stations are Dessau, Gräfenhainichen or Wittenberg. There is a shuttle service that will then take you to the festival grounds.
Fly to Berlin-Tegel or Berlin-Schönefeld airport, then jump on a train to one of the stations above and hitch a lift on the shuttle bus service.
Opt for laid back, comfortable looks that you can really dance in. Don't be afraid to dabble in bold prints, strong colours and take clothing you can layer up.
Easy to wear and layer up on, a dress should be a signature piece for you ladies. Look for bold prints so your mates don't lose you in the crowd.
Cargo shorts are the real deal when it comes to packing for a festival - all those pockets mean you can ditch the bum bag.
Bold prints and strong graphics are key. Opt for a slimmer fit to show off all that hard work you've been doing in the gym.
Our festival guide on what to pack has more ideas on what to take to Melt! - check it out. We've also got the lowdown on festivals you can still get tickets for in 2018.