8 Melt! Festival Moments We Fell In Love With
For the second year running MTV Australia sent music writer and self confessed festival addict Cameron Webley along to MELT! Festival in Germany. Here are our ten favorite moments from the three-day festival just outside of Berlin...
Melt! Official Pre Party // Thursday 6:00PM // Sleepless Floor
Officially sold out, the MELT! Pre Party kicked off the festival proceedings on Thursday night, setting the tone for the rest of the weekend. Starting at 6PM, the eager punters (us) arrived a day early and were justly rewarded, partying at the sandy Sleepless Floor with music provided by Oliver Koletzki and his Stil vor Talent label mates. The party was a pulsing haze of smoke and metal, as punters soaked up what was to become their normality for the next four nights. The MELT! Pre Party wasn't the only perk of arriving a day early - along with the extra night partying, early comers also scored the best camping spots closest to the festival – 2017 contenders, take note!
The Sleepless Floor // Thursday 6:00PM > Monday 12PM
If you were to describe the Sleepless Floor in one word, it would be 'otherworldly'. A rough circle of sand plays host to hundreds of people dancing around a large silver satellite dish, while towers of shining metal and art installations hang overhead - 24 hours-a-day. When you go to a multi day festival it tends to be that the music plays from time A to time B and the rest is designated to help punters recharge their batteries. MELT! chooses to ignore those rules, with the Sleepless Floor running from 6pm Thursday, nonstop until 12pm Monday. This is also the place the festival opens and closes, making it a heaving party at the top and tail of the weekend. So whether you like dance music with your morning coffee or cutting shapes with your midnight snack, this is the spot for you.
George Fitzgerald // Friday 7:00PM // Sleepless Floor
For many this was their first taste of MELT! 2016, taking the long winding walk from the campsite and stumbling across the sandy shores of the Sleepless Floor and George Fitzgerald’s array of deep tech-house cuts. The UK Producer continues to climb the dance-music ladder after releasing his debut album ‘Fading Love’ in 2015, including hits ‘About Time’ and ‘Full Circle’. While his own releases are built on melodies and beats that are both warm and captivating, his set at MELT! was hitting the heavier side of techno and house; just the way MELT! festival-goers like it.
Tame Impala // Friday 11.30pm // Melt! Stage
The crowd was well and truly worked up after M83 left the MELT! Stage on Friday night and a good dose of Australian Psychedelic Rock was just what they needed to keep the party going. Friday headliners Tame Impala did not disappoint, bursting onto the stage to their own track ‘Nangs’ before rolling straight into ‘Let It Happen’, their energy unwavering until they walked off 90 minutes later. Kevin Parker and his band mates have been hitting festival stages all over Europe this summer and it showed, as they cruised through a silky smooth set filled with hits from their 2015 LP ‘Currents’, as well as favorites from their growing back catalogue. The set was complete with Kevin saying that he had always wanted to play MELT!, a sentiment not lost on the blissed out crowd.
DJ Koze // Saturday 3:30AM // @ Gremmin Beach Stage
Easily one of the highlight DJ sets from the MELT! Festival weekender, DJ Koze brought in the Saturday sunrise over the Gremmin Beach stage with a stack or memorable moments throughout his three-hour set. Déjà vu washed over the crowd when the beloved German DJ & Producer mixed into his remix of Moderat’s ‘Bad Kingdom’, taking the crowd back to the same day and time in 2015 with MELT! favorite’s Modeselektor. What a time to be alive!
Jamie XX // Sunday 2:00AM // MELT! Stage
Returning to the City of Iron for the second year running, Jamie XX brought his crate of records in hand, this year stepping up to the MELT! main stage with a huge crowd in tow. The English music producer has truly established himself as an independent beat maker and DJ, with his solo performances as Jamie XX providing the perfect platform for him to get experimental, exploring the deeper side of his musical tastes. This year at MELT! Jamie XX took to the stage at 2AM for a late night rave, going much deeper, darker and louder compared to his 2015 sunset slot on the beach. Naturally his sets make a full circle of house, disco, techno and the many subgenres in-between, coming back to the crowd favorites ‘Loud Places’, ‘Gosh’ and ‘Girl’, all with tasty reworks. Another year, another memorable Jamie XX set.
DMAs // Sunday 5.30PM // Melt! Stage
Day three kicked off with Australia's own DMA's opening the main stage. While the crowd was nothing comapred to what they pulled the next weekend back home at Splendour In The Grass, it was a special moment of the weekend to see a much-loved Aussie band hit the big stage overseas. The nonchalant Sydney lads rolled through a polished set that included popular singles ‘Play It Out’, ‘So We Know’ and ‘Delete’, helping to reenergize the crowd for their last night in the City of Iron.
Bob Moses // Sunday 8:30PM // Medusa Stage
Hailing from Canada but residing in New York, electronica duo Bob Moses took to the Medusa stage on Sunday night brining their techno rhythms and jazzy textures for a short but sweet set. Vocalist Tom Howie and instrumentalist Jimmy Vallance brought new life into the seemingly dazed Sunday crowd, combining their awakening kick and sultry vocals of ‘Like It Or Not’ to bring a melodic groove, while the gritty guitar line and catching lyrics of ‘Tearing Me Up’ finally had the crowd going. After releasing their debut album ‘Days Gone By’ in late 2015, their tour schedule has been non-stop taking them all over the world. Australian’s may have come accustom to Bob Moses after supporting RÜFÜS nationally earlier this year.
- Words & feelings by Cameron & Michael Webley. Photos by Jordan Kirk - www.xingerxanger.com