About This Festival
Set in one of the most unique festival locations in the world, Melt! brings life to the gigantic monuments of the machine age with its colorful lighting and thumping beats. This is the ultimate "Industrial Meets Electronic" music festival that takes place in the massive industrial museum of Ferropolis, Germany. The event location spreads over 6 floors, and has a lineup of nearly 100 live acts over the weekend.
Melt! started its life in 1997 with an eclectic mix of musical line-up featuring drum and bass, west African live drumming and electronica. It was seen as more of an underground weekend than an actual music festival for the first five years or so. The event didn't run in 2003 but returned bigger and better in 2004, with more mainstream house and techno DJs including—Laurent Garnier and Richie Hawtin. This change in music can be attributed to the modern day success of the event.
Melt! truly encapsulates the party festival vibe. Campsites are packed with friendly folks looking to let loose. Though the crowd is mainly German, the festival has gained popularity throughout Europe over the last few years, with attendance numbers climbing from 2,000 to more than 15,000.
Melt! At Ferropolis: Man Versus Machine
Ferropolis is located near the quaint village of Gräfenhainichen and about 20km (12mi) from the nearest city of Dessau, which has major rail connections to other parts of the country. It emerged from the former mine Golpa-Nord. Working as an opencast coalmine until the early 1990s, Ferropolis has now been transformed into a living museum to industrial heritage. To this day, five of the enormous Caterpillar tractors, some of them weighing up to 1980 tonnes and reach 30 meters (100 feet) tall, bring back memories of the once industrial backdrop.
What’s more, with the festival positioned on a peninsula in Lake Gremmin, there’s plenty of opportunity for a quick dip during the heat of the day or simply feel the water at your feet as you enjoy the Beach Stage come sunset.
With disco balls suspended from trusses and flames shooting into the night sky from the top of a crane, this temporary “Dance City of Iron” doesn’t sleep over the course of the event. The main stages pump out indie, house and techno beats from 3pm to 7am and the Sleepless Floor is open around the clock until Monday morning rolls in. It’s easy to see why it took away the Best Medium-Sized Festival 2013 award at the European Festival Awards.
There is an assortment of music on offer across a number of stages including: the Main Stage, Gemini Stage, Big Wheel Stage, The Intro Zelt Area, Sleepless Floor Area and The Beach Stage.
If you are looking for something a little less hectic and want to catch some rays, the Beach Stage is the place to be seen. If you don't fancy a swim in the lake, Melt! has showers to cool off at without the usual long queues. Just don't forget your towel!
Some of the performers that have headlined the festival include: Goldie, Underworld, Björk, Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, Bloc Party, Pet Shop Boys, Scissor Sisters, Jamie Lidell, Michael Mayer and Röyksopp.
Camping and Accommodation
The campsite location is right beside the water, allowing for time to just chill out by the lake or a sneaky skinny dip. A special parking area is provided for campervans/RVs and caravans but you are unable to pitch a tent in this area. Open fires are prohibited but barbecue grills are allowed in designated areas.
If you're not the type of person who likes pitching your tent every time you go to a festival and you're looking for unique accommodation that's not too far away from the festival site, you should try out the Podpad solution. These small, lockable pods are made from plywood with a solid base and bed off the floor. They also include an air mattress, a shelf, mirror, 3 windows and offer solar powered LED lighting and charging points.