REYKJAVIK BOULEVARD MEETS MELT! FESTIVAL

Known for its incredible and massive line-up that collects artists from all over the world, Melt! is one of those festivals that many people make a point to attend every year.

Launched as an open-air party in 1997, Melt! has spent the past 15 years developing into one of Germany’s most famous festivals.

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The incredible location

Since 1999, Melt! has taken place at Ferropolis – better known as the “City of Iron” – an absolutely stunning location near the village of Gräfenhainichen in Saxony-Anhalt.

Only 20 km away from Dessau and two hours from southwest Berlin. Open-air and composed by antique industrial excavators, the place made attending Melt! a particularly unique experience. The setting, it’s picturesque too. Located on a limited peninsula in the middle of Gremminer lake, is surrounded by water and gives an amazing lovely view. What you can easily do at melt! is watching an artist perform, relaxing by the water, or just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere!

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Music, sun, friends… The perfect triptych of the event that made it a truly enjoyable experience.

This year, Melt! had an outstanding LINE UP, absolutely perfect to satisfy all the attendees.

So, if you missed Melt!, check these names (in pink the links to our interviews and reviews) and die of envy now:

Adana Twins | Alex.Do | Alt-J | Amon Tobin pres. Two Fingers (DJ-Set) | Archive | Atoms for Peace | Austra | Babyshambles | Henning Baer | Azealia Banks | Bambounou | Julio Bashmore | Barnt | Ben UFO | Benjamin Damage | Bicep | James Blake | Bpitch Special feat. Ellen Allien, Shinedoe, Aérea Negrot (live), Camea | Chvrches | Dan Deacon | Daughter | Marcel Dettmann | Diamond Version | Digitalism (DJ-Set) | Disclosure | Discodromo | DIIV | Django Django | DJ Koze | Eats Everything | Everything Everything | Fantastic Mr Fox | Feine Sahne Fischfilet | Friends | Flying Lotus | Function | Get Physical Special feat. Andhim, Catz ‘N Dogz, M.A.N.D.Y., Smash TV (live), Wankelmut | Hans Unstern | Henrik Schwarz & Band | iamamiwhoami | James Holden | Jets | Joy Orbison | Karenn | Karocel | Kettcar | King Krule | Ben Klock | Monika Kruse | Laing | Local Natives | Christian Löffler | London Grammar | Maceo Plex | Manamana | Mark Ronson vs. Riton (DJ-Set) | Metro Area (live) | Modeselektor & Apparat (DJ-Set) | Motor City Drum Ensemble | Mount Kimbie | Miss Kittin (live) | MS MR | James Murphy (DJ-Set) | Mykki Blanco | The Knife | Oliver Koletzki | Markus Kavka | Owen Pallett | Owiny Sigoma Band | Purity Ring | Rebel Rave @ Big Wheel feat. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus u.a. | Rhye | Roosevelt | Ruen Brothers | Rudimental | Ry/Frank Wiedemann | SBTRKT (DJ-Set) | Anja Schneider | Schwarzmann (live) | Scuba | Shields | Simian Mobile Disco (DJ-Set) | Sinkane | Siriusmo | Sizarr | Solomun | Soulwax | Suol Special feat. Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein, Trickski | Swim Deep | The 1975 | Todd Terje & Lindstrøm live | Trentemøller | Tricky | Trümmer | Otto Von Schirach | Woodkid | Zebra Katz… And much more!

Moreover, on Friday, the renowned Boiler Room broadcasted performances and DJ sets by the already mentioned Modeselektor, Digitalism, Austra, Zebra Katz and others.

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Best performances

Reykjavik Boulevard experienced this incredible festival and chose for you the best performances.

MODESELEKTOR – vote 9

For the fourth time, Modeselektor taken care of MELT!SELEKTOR STAGE. Behind the decks, together with Apparat, Modeselektor combined, all over the week end, a series of shows and DJ-Sets: from Mount Kimbie to Bambounou, from Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum (under the guise of Jets) to Ben UFO, from Otto Von Schirach to Fantastic Mr Fox and Mykki Blanco. Between all, we’ve really appreciated Jets performance: an energetic session that combined elements of techno, hip-hop, ghetto house, and more! MASSIVE!

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DISCLOSURE – vote 9,5

The British Lawrence Brothers, performed on Saturday night at GEMENI STAGE and definitely made the night. It’s incredible how this young duo animated the crowd! They mixed elements of vintage house and UK garage, giving us a very huge performance!

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And how to forget the incredible stage? On the back ground, diamond-shaped video screen stationed behind the boys, particularly once an animated version of Disclosure’s trademark face illustration popped up! The set, ended with their most successful hit “Latch” and we’re really sure that all guests LOVED the set.

DJANGO DJANGO – vote 8,5

The British rock group based in London, played on Saturday at INTRO ZELT STAGE. A kind of circus where the crowd was literally enchanted by the psychedelic sounds issued by the band. With their kaleidoscopic songs and colorful melodies inspired by the 60s, we’ve chosen Django Django as the big revelation of this festival!

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WOODKID & AZEALIA BANKS – vote 8

On Saturday night, Woodkid and the American rapper Azealia Banks, lured the crowd to the MAIN STAGE. Of course, playing their best hits. Our reaction? W-O-W!

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The French one played almost all the EP “The Golden Age” while Azealia gone wild with hits like “Yung Rapunxel”, “212”, “Liquorice” and more! PERFECT!

JULIO BASHMORE & SBTRKT – vote 9

Both marked a wonderful Melt! experience performing at GEMENI STAGE. The British students from the new school of talented producers, gave us two incredible performances! With no doubt, we’ve chose SBTRKT as one of the most ingenious musicians we’ve ever heard!  Our fave masked man, let the music speak for himself. He played all the best hit from “Hold On” to “ Right thing to do” and more… He definitely banged our brains out!

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SOLOMUN – vote 9

The Hamburg-based DJ played an incredible set from 5 till 7am at BIG WHEEL STAGE edited by Resident Advisor. Playful, fine-tuned, and funky in all the right ways. He plays not only recent hits but also vintage tracks mixed with his magic touch!

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This is one of the craziest party we’ve ever seen: 25,000 people dancing three days in an unusual setting! Only those who were there, can truly understand what the ‘Melt! feeling’ is all about. In 2014, Melt! Festival will take place from 18th to 20th July.

See you next year!

Text and pics by Rossana Frustaci

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