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Melt! Festival 2013


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The Basics

19-21 July 2013
Gräfenhainichen, Germany

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 

The Venue

Melt! Festival 2013

06773 Gräfenhainichen

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Recommendations

What We Love

What We Love

  • 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!

What To Know

What To Know

  • 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...

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