Melt! Festival Special

Melt! Festival, Ferropolis, Germany 19 – 21 July

Ferropolis, the ‘city of iron,’ plays as the host to Melt! Festival, a celebration around it’s historic industrial machinery. However, the last few days, the machinery had the company of 20,000 festival goers, ready to play and bask within their company. This was embellished by the return of Babyshambles’ front-man, Pete Doherty. It was as a result, unavoidably messy.

This year, the crowd faced melting temperatures of 30c and without the man-made lake surrounding the campsite for a refreshing swim, it could have proved to be risky business. Elongated naps adrift on blow up mattress’s, became the ‘in’ thing of the weekend.

Thom Yorke and Atoms For Peace certainly got it spot on, closing the weekend on an ingenious high. They honored us with an extended set, lathered with their new material, leaving a stunned audience in their mist. It’s not often you get to see Red Hot Chili’s Flea, dancing fanatically around a percussive set up of tea pots and pans.

24 hour party people were also catered for with a 24 hour ‘Sleepless Floor,’ where if you weren’t a fan of chilled sets from the likes of James Blake or Rhye, you would find yourself digging a two-step hole into the sand. Other stage’s saw sets from Woodkid, Babyshambles, The Knife and the energetic Local Natives who opened the festival on the main stage.

As Sunday flew by Flying Lotus, managed to get the crowd worked up in the best way possible. Accompanied with a futuristic lights show, Flying Lotus increased energy levels dramatically, drawing the crowd together as the festival reached it’s climatic end.

The weekend as a whole, showed off it’s industrial landscape in pure class. From bellowing crowd’s to outrageous costumes, we saw what Melt!2013 really had to offer. This all formed out of the transition between the calm and secluded atmosphere of the campsite and lake, to the unravelling flamboyant dance moves generating out of the festival site. This disco madness, without a doubt, could of continued until the end of time for some, but for now, let’s just start preparing for Melt! 2014.

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