First Acts announced for Germanys Melt Festival

Melt! Festival, which takes place from 19 to 21 July, announces the first wave of acts for 2013 with 60+ artists to perform on the peninsula of Ferropolis close to Gräfenhainichen.

It's been almost seven years since The Knife have released their last album Silent Shout. Now the Swedish siblings are back with Shaking The Habitual and an exclusive performance at Melt! 2013. After having sold out their European tour within hours, the electro duo will play their only festival show in Ferropolis. 

On their debut album, An Awesome Wave, Alt-J bring together dubstep, hip hop and folk influences, a bold mixture which won them the prestigious Mercury Prize. This summer, we'll be witness to yet another smashing live performance. With his laid back post-dubstep arrangements, James Blake is also keen on approaching genres open-minded and with a little twist. At Melt! Festival, he'll present us with his sophomore album. In addition, the New York-based rapper Azealia Banks will perform her only show in Germany in Ferropolis this year. Further acts to appear at Melt! for the first time are Solomun and Flying Lotus.

The Knife

For the fourth time, Modeselektor will curate the Melt!Selektor Stage. As a very special highlight, Modeselektor will get behind the decks together with Apparat to give us a glimpse of the new Moderat album. Also taking over our stage at the Melt! beach are Mount Kimbie, Blawan and Pariah's new live project Karenn, Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum live under the guise of Jets, Ben UFO, Otto Von Schirach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Bambounou, Sinkane, Mykki Blanco and Zebra Katz. Further acts will be announced soon.

Woodkid, Kettcar, Django Django, Owen Pallett (formerly known as Final Fantasy),Everything Everything and Daughter are amongst the first indie acts to get on stage at Melt! Festival.

Again, our line-up not only features Melt! residents but up and coming hotshots as well. Alongside promising newcomers such as Churches, Disclosure, King Krule or LaingDJ Koze will be part of the bill with his new solo album, while SBTRKT will get behind the DJ booth this time. Henrik Schwarz & Band is also part of the line-up as well as Todd Terje &Lindstrøm. Henrik Schwarz and Âme will conquer the stage with a new live project under the moniker of Schwarzmann.

The Berlin-based electro label Get Physical will take over the Sleepless Floor with a label special and the following acts: M.A.N.D.Y., Wankelmut, Catz 'N Dogz, Andhim and Smash TV (live).

Of course, it wouldn't be a proper festival without Ellen Allien's Bpitch crew ringing in the final hours at our nonstop stage with a Bpitch Special. We're also glad to have the Crosstown Rebels with us, celebrating 10 years of label history with a 'Rebel Rave' at the Big Wheel Stage: Damian Lazarus, Art Department, Jamie Jones, and further special guests are scheduled to appear.

Further high-class acts for this year's Melt! Festival, which will feature more than 120 acts on 6 stages, will be announced shortly. 

All confirmed acts so far

Alt-J | Azealia Banks | Bambounou | Julio Bashmore | Barnt | Ben UFO | James Blake | Chvrches | Dan Deacon | Daughter | Marcel Dettmann | Disclosure | Django Django | DJ Koze | Eats Everything | Everything Everything | Ellen Allien | Fantastic Mr Fox | Flying Lotus | Function | Get Physical Special feat. Andhim, Catz 'N Dogz, M.A.N.D.Y., Smash TV (live), Wankelmut | Henrik Schwarz & Band | James Holden | Joy Orbison | Karenn | Kettcar | King Krule | Ben Klock | Laing | Christian Löffler | Modeselektor & Apparat (DJ-Set) | Mount Kimbie | Miss Kittin (live) | Mykki Blanco | The Knife | Oliver Koletzki | Markus Kavka | Owen Pallett | Purity Ring | Rebel Rave @ Big Wheel feat. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus u.a. | Roosevelt | Rudimental | Ry/Frank Wiedemann | SBTRKT (DJ-Set) | Schwarzmann (live) | Scuba | Shields | Sinkane | Solomun | Swim Deep | The 1975 | Todd Terje & Lindstrøm live | Otto Von Schirach | Woodkid | Zebra Katz and many more to be announced…


Regular 3-day tickets (EUR 119 plus booking fee and EUR 5 garbage disposal)
Tickets are valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Camping: Thu, 18th July, 1pm – Mon, 22nd July, 3pm.

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Sónar announces lineup for Barcelona, Cape Town, Tokyo, & São Paulo

  • deadmau5Sónar Barcelona, which will take place on 14, 15 and June 16, presents its first confirmed artists, including The Roots, Deadmau5, Hot Chip, Modeselektor, James Blake dj, Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Squarepusher, Nicolas Jaar, Luciano, Azari & III, Jacques Lu Cont, Friendly Fires, Metronomy, John Talabot, Mouse On Mars, BBC Radio 1 presents Annie Mac & guests and showcases from Hyperdub, Brainfeeder and 100% Silk, among others.
  • The festival travels to Africa for the first time with "A Taste of Sónar" on March the 2nd, in Cape Town (South Africa), in collaboration with the large multidisciplinary event Design Indaba. Among those performing will be Modeselektor, Byetone, Brodinski and some of the most prominent South African artists working today.
  • Sónar returns to Japan – for the fifth time – on 21 and 22 April for SonarSound Tokyo, with a line-up combining major international artists such as Squarepusher, The Cinematic Orchestra, Vincent Gallo, Clark, Rustie and some of the most outstanding representatives of today's Japanese scene.
  • Sónar São Paulo takes place on 11 and 12 May, and will be the largest of all the events organized by Sónar outside Barcelona, featuring – among others – Mogwai, Jeff Mills, Squarepusher, Za! and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, in addition to the previously announced artists Björk, Justice, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, James Blake, Four Tet and Modeselektor.
  • This year for the first time, Sónar is introducing the new payment system in two instalmentsfor purchasing the 3-day pass for the festival in Barcelona, with an initial payment of 80€ when the booking is made (before 31 March) and a second payment of 75€ before 5 May. Find all information about the Sónar tickets here
  • These 3 new dates make a total of 31 events that Sónar has organized all over the world, in countries like the United States, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Argentina, among others.


Beady Eye, Crystal Castles and more for Melt Festival 2011

beady eyeBeady Eye
Describing the highly anticipated Beady Eye debut, Liam Gallagher certainly raised the bar high. Different Gear, Still Speeding is filled with songs „as good as Definitely Maybe,“ he told the NME. Yet, what the title promises is definitely what you get. After Oasis split in 2009, Liam Gallagher and his band mates Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and Chris Sharrock simply had to get back in the studio, taking it a step further by using the newly formed Beady Eye as their creative outlet. Compared to Oasis, Beady Eye might only be a four-piece, yet the band’s in-your-face attitude is all the more rock’n’roll. The album’s edgy, rough and pure, conquering the next level of Britpop on its way. You get the anthem-like classics („The Roller”), fast forward smash hits („Four Letter Word”), and such retro pieces as „World Outside My Room“ in 60s guise on top. If that’s not enough proof for you, wait till you see them live.

modeselektorModeselektor present Melt! Selektor Stage
Our Melt! Selektor Stage is taking shape with Modeselektor watching over the goings-on in all their manifold glory. After their spectacular live set together with Bonaparte in 2010, the Berlin-based Gernot and Szary will top last year’s show with a never before seen and heard techno supergroup. Under the name of A.T.O.L., Modeselektor will get behind the turntables together with Marcel Dettmann and Shed (Ostgut Ton) to present their vision of techno to the Melt! crowd live. Also joining the stage’s line-up, which is curated by Modeselektor in close collaboration: Nicolas Jaar live, who’s fanbase stretches from techno to indie lovers. With a new album in tow, Apparat Band joined the bill. So did Jamie Woon, Rusko, Siriusmo, Anstam, Cosmin TRG, Phon.o and Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka. A perfect addition to the already confirmed SBTRKT, Gold Panda, Sizarr Soundsystem and Housemeister. A line-up to be proud of.
Ostgut Ton Special
Ostgut Ton, Berghain and Panoramabar’s in-house label is back. Last year, label brought its manifold soundscapes to the Sleepless Floor going quite a bit back to the roots. Even in the beginnings of Melt!, many of the label’s DJs coined the sound of Ferropolis. In 2011, this will be no different. Besides Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock, Marcel Fengler as well as Barker & Baumecker (live) will travel to Ferropolis to conquer the Big Wheel Stage this year. In the spirit of Ostgut Ton, the four acts are about to present the genre diversity the electro label, which celebrated its fifth anniversary last year, is known for. From the power station to the steel giants – Melt! is looking forward to a reunion with Ostgut Ton.
More announcements
If you have been longing for more guitar-driven sounds to be announced, well, here you go: The Drums will be playing their only festival show at Melt!, and so will the indie legends of SwansIron and Wine’s performance promises to be a truly intense experience as much as the gig of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. With Foster The People, we have another Melt! office top tip for you.
crystal castlesWe are also looking forward to the appearances of Crystal CastlesFM Belfast, the Le Tigre spin-off MEN, the return ofDananananaykroyd, and Planningtorock, who will be performing her spectacular new album W (20th May/Cooperative Music). Also on the bill: Ben Drew a.k.a. Plan B, who will arrive from the UK with a little Motown feel in tow. After a bit of a Melt! break, we are looking forward to the return of DJ Koze.
For all of you waiting for hardpaper tickets to be available, here they are! as of now, hardpaper tickets will be available via our website as well as in selected ticket shops as of next week.
Infos about the Melt! pre-party on Thursday, 14th July, all info regarding Melt! Train and other travel and hotel packages as well as the last 20 or so acts will be subject of our next press release.
Everyone hesitating to buy a ticket for this year’s Melt! should know that more than half of our tickets are sold.
All newly confirmed acts
Anstam | Apparat Band | Beady Eye | Crystal Castles | Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka | Dananananaykroyd | The Drums | FM Belfast | Foster The People | Iron and Wine | Nicolas Jaar (live) | DJ Koze | MEN | Ostgut Ton Special: Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Marcel Fengler, Barker & Baumecker (live) | Phon.o | Planningtorock | Plan B | Rusko | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | Siriusmo | Swans | Jamie Woon |
All confirmed acts so far
Âme (live) | Anstam | Apparat Band | Atari Teenage Riot | Beady Eye | Bodi Bill | Gui Boratto | Boys Noize Bpitch @ Sleepless Floor: Ellen Allien, Kiki, Chaim, Skinnerbox | Brandt Brauer Frick | Busy P | Carte Blanche | Clock Opera | Console | Carl Craig & Radio Slave B2B | Crystal Castles | Crystal Fighters | Cut Copy | DAF | Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka | Dananananaykroyd | Dial Records pres. Lawrence, John Roberts u. a. | Digitalism (live) | DJ T. | The Drums | Errors | Everything Everything | FM Belfast | Foster The People | Gold Panda | Guy Gerber | Calvin Harris | Housemeister | Iron and Wine | Isolée | Nicolas Jaar (live) | Junior Boys (live) | Junip | Fritz Kalkbrenner | Paul Kalkbrenner | Katy B | Markus Kavka | The Koletzkis | DJ Koze | Les Savy Fav | Little Dragon | Live At Robert Johnson @ Sleepless Floor: Roman Flügel, Arto Mwambe, Oliver Hafenbauer, Gerd Janson, Manuel Raven  | Loco Dice | M.A.N.D.Y. | MEN | Metronomy | Miss Kittin | Modeselektor present Melt! Selektor | Monarchy | The Naked And Famous | Ostgut Ton Special: Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Marcel Fengler, Barker & Baumecker (live) | Phon.o | Planningtorock | Plan B | Proxy | Pulp | Robyn | Rusko | SBTRKT (live) | Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | Siriusmo | Sizarr (live) | Sizarr Soundsystem | The Streets | Swans | Tensnake | Total Confusion B2B2B – Tobias Thomas, Michael Mayer & Superpitcher | Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs | White Lies | Jamie Woon |
3-day ticket valid for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
EUR 104 plus booking fee and EUR 5 garbage deposit
There will be no 1- or 2-day tickets availabe for Melt! 2011.
In the price included are camping and parking (from Thursday 15.07. 01:00pm until Monday, 19.07. 03:00pm).
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