Mirror balls hang from trusses, and flame throwers perch on control cabins, amidst rusting industrial excavators. Between monumental steel hulks of mining machinery, Melt! attracts a multinational audience of music lovers to its mix of indie rock and house/techno artists. With the main stages going from 3pm to 7am, and a Sleepless Floor open continuously into the following Monday, crowds are kept happy with crystal clear, bone-shaking soundsystems. After partying all night, by day people relax by swimming in the lake or chilling in the well-spaced out campsite.
ABBY | Adana Twins | Aérea Negrot | Alex.Do | Alt-J | Anja Schneider | Atoms For Peace | Archive | Austra | Azealia Banks | Babyshambles | Bambounou | Julio Bashmore | Barnt | Ben UFO | Benjamin Damage | Bicep | James Blake | Blue Hawaii | Camea | Charlie XCX | Chvrches | Claire | Dan Deacon | Daughter | Marcel Dettmann | Diamond Version | Disclosure | Discodromo | Django Django | DJ Koze | DIIV | Eats Everything | Everything Everything | Ellen Allien | Fantastic Mr Fox | Feine Sahne Fischfilet | Flying Lotus | Friends | Function | Get Physical Special feat. Andhim, Catz 'N Dogz, M.A.N.D.Y., Smash TV (live), Wankelmut | Hans Unstern | Henning Baer | Henrik Schwarz & Band | iamamiwhoami | James Holden | James Murphy | Joy Orbison | Karenn | Karocel | Kettcar | King Krule | Ben Klock | Laing | Local Natives | London Grammar | Christian Löffler | Maceo Plex | Manamana | Mark Ronson vs. Riton | Metro Area (live) | Modeselektor & Apparat (DJ-Set) | Modeselektor & Diamond Version Soundsystem | Motor City Drum Ensemble | Mount Kimbie | MS MR | Miss Kittin (live) | Monika Kruse | Mykki Blanco | The Knife | Oliver Koletzki | Owiny Sigoma Band | Markus Kavka | Owen Pallett | Purity Ring | Rebel Rave @ Big Wheel feat. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus u.a. | Rhye | Roosevelt | Rudimental | Ruen Brothers | Ry/Frank Wiedemann | SBTRKT (DJ-Set) | Schwarzmann (live) | Scuba | Shields | Shinedoe | Simian Mobile Disco | Sinkane | Siriusmo | Solomun | Soulwax | Suol special feat. Daniel Bortz, Chopstick & JohnJon, Till Von Sein and Trickski | Swim Deep | The 1975 | Todd Terje & Lindstrøm live | Trentemøller | Tricky | Trümmer | Two Fingers | Otto Von Schirach | Woodkid | Young Rebel Set | Zebra Katz
Working as a opencast coal mine until the early nineties, Ferropolis has been transformed into a living museum to industrial heritage. Thanks to colloboration with the Bauhaus Dessau, five monumental bucket excavators have been preserved, on a spit of land in the now-flooded mine. The campsite lines the water, allowing for lazy days by the lake.
The small town of Gräfenhainichen is 20 minutes walk from Ferropolis; Dessau is half an hour's drive, with rail connections to Berlin.
The Beach Stage is perched right on the edge of the lake - be sure to dance in the waves as the sun comes up, looking out across the lake with the waves coming towards you.
The Sleepless Floor, open continuously from 7am Saturday morning, is just outside the festival site so you can bring your own drinks! On Sunday night, the main stages finish at 2am - upon which everyone floods to the Sleepless Floor to continue until late Monday morning...
The crowds are friendly, relaxed and a mix of nationalities and ages - and they give you space to dance!
Take a towel! Even if you don't fancy a swim in the sometimes chilly lake, Melt! has cheap showers without long queues.
Get to the site on Thursday evening, for the legendary ad-hoc parties which spring up across the campsite. Alternatively, there's the offical preparty in the Intro Zeit tent on site.
Short of cash at the end of it all? If you collect a bag of rubbish and hand it in as you leave, you'll receive €5 back. Handy for getting you back home...
Melt! is held in Ferropolis, an open air museum centred around five enormous excavators forming 'the city of iron', dedicated to the industrial heritage of the region. Read more here.
Shuttle buses run to the festival site from railway stations at Dessau, Wittenburg and Gräfenhainichen, or direct from Berlin Schonefeld Airport.
Camping site opens: Thursday at 1:00pm
Camping site closes: Monday at 1:00pm
(Information for 2012 edition)
Cooking with functioning gas cookers is only allowed outdoors. Open fire on the camping sites is completely forbidden! Security are allowed to confiscate gas bottles on the camping sites without warning if they establish there is improper usage of the objects as well as leading to open fire. This applies to all visitors.
Main Festival Site Opening Hours
Friday and Saturday: 3pm - 7am
Sunday: 3pm - 2am
Sleepless Floor Opening Times
Friday and Saturday: 7am - 3pm
Sunday: 2am - noon (Monday)
It is forbidden to bring any type of glass container, canister, plastic bottles, PET bottles, cans and/or special drink containers, your own food, hard packaging, cool-bags, special containers, torches, explosive objects or any type of weapon as well as dangerous objects onto the festival site. Non-alcoholic drinks in up to 1 liter unopened tetra packs per person can be brought to the festival. There will be security control at the entrance to the festival. Security are instructed to carry out a body search. The visitor accepts this upon purchase of a ticket. Removal from the festival site can occur if there has been a breach against the legal provisions or these rules.
There are food and drink stalls on the main festival site and in the campsite, at standard festival prices. Food is varied, and there are plenty of vegetarian options. There is a supermarket in Gräfenhainichen (30 mins walk, or a 5 min shuttle bus) which tends to get busy during the festival.
There are ATMs on the festival site, and in Gräfenhainichen (30 mins walk.) They can get busy however, so its best to bring some cash with you.
As per law: admission at 18 years of age, guests younger than 18 have to be accompanied by a legal guardian or have to show a permission signed by their legal guardian! See the Melt! website for more details, and you must contact Festicket via email before purchasing tickets for guests younger than 18.
The provisions of the law to protect minors in public apply to the whole festival site. Children and minors between the age of 8 to 16 years old only have access once in accompanied by an entrusted person of responsibility or an authorized person (with corresponding proof).
It can get very warm, so pack sunscreen and shades - but of course, there's a possibility of rain, so stay prepared in case. All main routes on the festival site are on tarmac paths, so it doesn't ever get too muddy.
Showers, portable toilets and W.C.s are open nonstop from Thursday 1:00 PM to Monday 1:00 PM.
Portable toilets: free
Showers: EUR 1,50
W.C.s: EUR 0,50
(Information for 2012 edition)