What do you get when you take a Secret Rave and blow it up to Global Festival size? Germany’s Melt Festival is the answer! What started out as a small annual gathering of rave and techno enthusiasts, quickly grew into the boundary pushing celebration of rock, pop, and EDM that Melt Festival has become renowned […]Melt Festival 2019 Ferropolisstraße 1, 06773 Gräfenhainichen, Germany Gräfenhainichen Germany
What started out as a small annual gathering of rave and techno enthusiasts, quickly grew into the boundary pushing celebration of rock, pop, and EDM that Melt Festival has become renowned for on the global music festival scale. Staying loyal to its 90s Rave roots, the party at Melt! never stops with a 24 hour music policy at its Sleepless Floor stage, and music on the main stages continuing until 7am.
Lat year’s headliners included The XX, Florence + the Machine, and Tyler the Creator with the line-up being filled with a combination of up-and-coming and world class rock bands, pop artists, and DJ sets to keep you totally immersed in the festival’s atmosphere. The party begins early at the Sleepless Floor Pre-party, hosted by ‘Boys Noize’ a German DJ playing everything EDM from Grime to Hip Hop.
Located in Ferropolis, or the City of Iron in Germany, a former strip mining operation – the festival grounds are still dominated by towering iron cranes and the shells of industrial structures that are an echo of the site’s past. This ‘abandoned warehouse vibe’ is all part of Melt’s ambience that makes it impossible to escape the techno/rave environment and keeps you partying all night long.
‘The party at Melt! never stops with a 24 hour music policy at its Sleepless Floor stage, and music on the main stages continuing until 7am’
Art shows and forums take place throughout the day for when you want to chill out including A/V shows that fully immerse the audience into the performance and a Binaural Installation that combines the aesthetics of a video installation and concert experience.
A huge variety of food and drink options are provided by local eco-friendly vendors, a theme that is echoed through all of the festival’s facilities.
Tickets start at €69 ($80USD/$108AUD) for day tickets and only €129 ($150USD/$200AUD) for a full weekend ticket including camping.
Melt Festival is located less than two hours away from Berlin making it easily accessible by train and bus. Melt! puts on daily shuttles between the city and the festival site, with weekend shuttles operating from cities all across the country and Europe, as far away as Amsterdam. A ‘local hotel shuttle’ runs daily if you want to stay in somewhere more comfortable than camping and parking is available at site for drivers. A number of nearby train stations are along the shuttle route including Grafenhainichen, Dessain, and Wittenberg.
A number of camping options are available at the festival. Simple pitches are the cheapest option but for just a small fee extra you can choose packages that include a pre setup tent (a great option for travellers), ‘Glamping pods’, and even wooden hut style accommodation for festival goers seeking more comfort.
Fully serviced caravan sites are also available and many hotels are available along the festival’s shuttle route.
The festival is in a great location close to, and with great transport links to Berlin, one of Germany’s most thriving and historical significant cities. Head up the Reichstag, home to the German parliament, and view the city from its famous glass dome. Head to the Unesco Heritage Museum Island and explore the nations rich history through the five adjacent museums, or go and view history itself at the remains of the Berlin Wall which once divided the country.
The main line-up runs from 19th July – 21st July, with the additional (but advisable) pre-party starting on the 12th.
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