Curated by GIRLS was attending MELT Festival for the second consecutive year. It was quite difficult to do better than the previous edition in terms of line-up as last year i saw many of my favorite artist; M.I.A, The Kills, and the last act closing the festival was DIE ANTWOORD! Phenomenal! But hey, MELT is such an interesting festival and location, i could not miss it! The only thing I was praying for this time: a better weather! And my wish was more than fulfilled! MELT had a fantastic summer sun shining the whole time and again we came back with a bunch of unforgettable moments. Hell yeah!
So here we were on the first day, sunny as hell, and right away I notice some changes. The stages setup is slightly different. Only one main stage. I imagine there were reasons for it to be this way but I admit i kinda liked the duet stages on the main site. It gave Melt a very "festival" vibe. But, hey, change is good! We shouldn't compare anyway.
By the way, I didn't make it on Thursday for the pre-party. As much as i love Djs and dancing, I enjoy live bands more, maybe because I am a musician as well. Makes sense right?
Checking the line-up a month earlier, I felt it was on a mellow and electronic direction. And it's ok with me. I was curious to discover new artists.
Friday was a big day. I wanted to check The Internet, Superorganism, Cigarettes after Sex, Tyler The Creator and Florence + the machine. All on the main stage ;)
What i really enjoy at Melt, is to wander around its fascinating location, across the different stages, meet with friends, discuss where they're heading next, and sometimes join them on their coup de coeur!
Thanks to my friend Nicolas from KALTBLUT Magazine, I discovered a really interesting act on the Superdry Stage, FAKA, a queer duet from South Africa. I watched their entire performance in front. It was super original and intense.
Oh, before I forget, Have you tried the italian burger truck? PICNIC. Amazing ! I love MUSIC but I LOVE FOOD as well and this was by far my favorite at MELT.
At around 3am, me and my friends decided to head back to Berlin. We were not sure to be able to make it on Saturday. It's a bit of a drive but with good music, and if one of your friends is kind of a monk - doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't take anything which could alter his senses - well, you're good to go home!
on Saturday, we wanted to go back, of course! So here we were on the second day at MELT: We decided to organize a little barbecue on location. The weather was fantastic!
So here we are burned by the sun and cooking some veggies on the barbecue. God Dammit, it was hot ! We had some potatoes left which were divine on the way back that night.
We unfortunately missed part of the afternoon gigs, too busy enjoying the food and drinks.
but we made it in time for the amazing Sevdaliza and her trip-hop on Meltselektor Stage. Im glad i didnt miss the girl-power vagina performance of the Pansy collective opening for Fever Ray on the main stage. Rest of the night was free and delightful hanging in the Forest & at Big Wheel.
Sunday was a busy day. There were so many artists to check! one of the highlights: Fisherspooner, who did an epic performance! In the end he was joined by queer extravaganza PANSY crew. Sooo bold! I couldn't miss badass rapper Princess Nokia! Love her! I danced so much to the incredible groovy beats delivered by "star" Honey Dijon! I then had a bit of time to check the amazing and inspiring Black Madonna! I also really enjoyed Little Dragon. Frontwoman Yukimi Nagano was singing live, i mean completely, which is becoming quite rare nowadays. Too many bands decide to sing on layers of vocals lately, which is not so interesting to me. So thanks Little Dragon for that!
And then of course the entire crowd at Melt was looking forward to the final act: The XX. Jamie XX speeches was all about how MELT was his favorite festival in the world for its open minded spirit, regarding gender. It was really touching!
Sadly, it went too fast, and it was already time to go back to normal life. It always takes a couple of days to recover. MELT is intense, it's like living in a bubble for a couple of days and you definitely feel empty when it's over. But not for long though ! Can't wait for next Edition of MELT. <3
Laetitia Duveau - CEO of Curated by GIRLS