It started out as a small bastion for rave lovers and techno enthusiasts at the Lake Bernstein Velten in 1997, relocating to Lärz Airport in 1998 until it turned Ferropolis into its home in 2000 and became a major force on the international festival circuit, offering not only electronic but pop and rock music. As every year, a sea of lights and pulsating beats awakes the City of Iron. Newcomers and international personalities of the music scene will visit the stages under the “gaze” of massive overpowering coal mining diggers, hosting gigs and parties that break the boundaries between quiet and loud, electro, hip-hop and indie or mainstream and subculture.
Melt! is also a well-rounded big-tent festival, meaning that the organization provides a camping place. No need to say that the festival is very well organized –one of the best features of Germans–, it provides shuttles to the camping site and to nearer cities; many food places as well as an open-air restaurant in The Forest with hammocks and cinema projecting the best of porno, queer or sci-fi films. Additionally, if you are willing to start the day in a relaxing and healthy mode, there are yoga and rave aerobics in the open at the camping stage #Wearemelt, where the festival also offers an interesting series of art and culture events, including a Voguing Dance Performance by House of Melody; the workshop Girl-Monsters United!, which considers the connection between body standards, monsters and feminism; Hertzberg’s performances Love & Heroine and The Slutty Matriarchy; and live comedy shows with Daniel Vezza & Paul Salamone.