Officially Europe's Best Medium-Sized Festival
In one of the most unique event locations in the world, Germany’s Melt! brightens up the monuments of the machine age - the wheel excavators, dredgers and stackers of Ferropolis - with bunting, bare lighting and over-sized flowers for three days of festival magic.
Over 40 electronica and rock acts perform each year between the disco balls suspended from trusses, lampshades sitting in the sun and the flames thrown from the mighty cranes.
What’s more, with the festival’s position on a peninsula in Lake Gremmin, there’s plenty of opportunity to have a swim in the day or simply feel the waves at your feet by the Beach Stage come sunset.
The City of Iron doesn’t catch a wink of shut-eye over the weekend either. The main stages pump out from 3pm to 7am and the Sleepless Floor is open non-stop until the golden sun breaks through the brackets of the dredgers on Monday morning.
Throw in stout sound systems, a spaced out campsite, ad-hoc parties, and a multinational audience and it’s easy to see why it took away the Best Medium-Sized Festival 2013 gong at the European Festival Awards.
INTRO TENT: King Kong Kicks, Cherub, Parquet Courts, Bonaparte, Little Dragon, King Kong Kicks to play another set
MAIN STAGE: Clean Bandit, Chet Faker, Haim, SBTRKT, Röyksopp & Robyn, Fritz Kalkbrenner
BIG WHEEL STAGE: Marcus Worgull, Kim Ann Foxman, Pantha du Prince LIVE, Mano Le Tough, Åme (DJ-Set), Recondite (LIVE), Dixon, Maya Jane Coles
INTRO TENT: Schafe & Wölfe, Planningtorock, Gabi DelGado, Bilderbuch, Thees Uhlmann, DARKSIDE, Kid Simius (LIVE)
GEMINI STAGE: Fjörn & Branz DJ Set, Wolf Alice, Lulu James, Kieza, Jackson And His Computerband, Erol Alkan B2B Daniel Avery, Pretty Lights, Brodinski, Baauer, Boys Noize
DESPERADOS MELT! SELEKTOR: Tesla286, Mark Ernestus pres Jeri-Jeri, Fuck Buttons, Sherwood & Pinch, Actress (LIVE), L-Vis1990 b2b French Fries, Skream
MAIN STAGE: Ballet School, Of Montreal, FM Belfast, Milky Chance, The Notwist, Metronomy, WhoMadeWho
GEMINI STAGE: DJ Supermarkt, Paula, Elekfantz, Say Lou Lou, Dillon, Panda Bear, Kele Okereke (DJ Set), Breach, Tiga B2B Seth Troxle
BIG WHEEL STAGE: Markus Kavka, Dusky, Lone, George Fitzgerald, Kölsch (LIVE), Jeff Mills, DVS1
DESPERADOS MELT! SELEKTOR: The Busy Twist, FJAAK (live), Alex Banks (LIVE), Akkord, Addison Groove, Four Tet, Omar Souleyman, Modeselektor B2B Patrick Pulsinger
INTRO TENT: Ruede Hagelstein & Marco Resmann & Matthias Meyer, Lake People (LIVE), Don Williams, Vril (LIVE), Ateq & Konstantin, Eldemin, Gardland, Petar Dundov (LIVE), Konstantin Siboid, Alle Farben
MAIN STAGE: Elliphant, John Grant, SOHN, Moderat, Portishead
GEMINI STAGE: Michael Münz (DJ SET), Mighty Oaks, Leif, Jagwar Ma, Tensnake, Gesaffelstein (DJ SET)
BIG WHEEL STAGE: Tourist, Ten Walls (live), tINI, Tale Of Us, John Talabot (DJ Set)
SLEEPLESS FLOOR: Nod One's Head (LIVE), Subb-an, Depayk & Pedberg, Aroma Pitch, Guy Gerber, Timo Maas, Virginia, The Martinez Brothers, Ellen Allien, Monika Kruse
Working as a opencast coal mine until the early 1990s, Ferropolis has now been transformed into a living museum to industrial heritage with five huge excavators 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 and Dessau is half an hour's drive, with onward rail connections to Berlin.
Melt! Festival 2014, Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, 06773, Germany
The campsite opens on Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 1pm and closes on Monday 21st July 2014 at 1pm. Camping and car parking is included in the price of the ticket.
Yes, facilities such as portable toilets (free), posh toilets (0,50 Eur) and showers (1,50 Eur) will be open non-stop from Thursday at 1PM to Monday at 1PM.
Yes, but you can only cook with gas cookers outdoors. Open fires are strictly forbidden. Security will confiscate gas bottles without warning if they are being used improperly.
Ticket-holders are not allowed to take their own food into the festival site, but you can take up to 1.5 litres of unopened, non-alcoholic tetra packed drinks in.
Other forbidden items include any type of glass container, canister, plastic bottles, PET bottles, cans and/or special drink containers, hard packaging, cool-bags, special containers, torches, explosive objects and any type of weapon or dangerous object.
Children aged 7 years or younger aren't allowed to enter the festival site. Adolescents aged 8 to 17 are only allowed in with a legal guardian or a person aged 18 or older, authorized by their legal guardian(s).
The festival is working on being more environmentally friendly and keeping the festival site clean. You will be given bin liners at the wristband exchange booth, and if you hand in your garbage at the end of the festival you'll be given your 5 EUR garbage deposit back. You can also choose a Melt! tote bag instead.
Yes, there will be an ATM next to the toilets in the festival area. A fee will be charged. There are also plenty of cash machines in nearby Gräfenhainichen.
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