The 22nd edition of Melt Festival brought together more than 20k visitors from around the world celebrating the festival’s motto “Melt Knows No Borders”
Yessss, we had a ball at Melt Festival 2019, which featured thrilling acts such as Jorja Smith, Arca, The Black Madonna, Honey Dijon. It was once again a fantastic experience in the Mad Max scenery of the open cast mine excavators of Ferropolis, far from societal conventions. We also discovered a lot of exciting new acts, like Mahalia, Flohio, M¥SS KETA, IDER…And we were busy creating unforgettable moments; meeting old friends, new friends, camping, BBQing, dancing, and taking refreshing dives in the lake. It’s always special to be part of such a giant gathering, a community there for the same purpose; to enjoy and celebrate music, art, diversity and friends.
On friday our highlight was the mesmerizing performance of Jorja Smith, young prodigy of soul. What a voice! We were glad to find our friends from Pornceptual in their “secret Porn Garden” a stage in the middle of the forest merging performance art and queer pornography. And we definitely enjoyed PANSY’s Playhouse, an ongoing Drag-Show party in the legs wide open house.
Of course no festival comes without a bit of drama! Ouch! Well this year’s headliner A$AP Rocky was forced to cancel due to issues with Swedish justice. Stormzy, British grime MC was invited to replace him and definitely made a memorable entrance, delayed due to a torrential storm that paused the festival for a moment.
The weather obviously plays a big part of life on a festival. But once the storm was out, the festival-goers’ were still in the mood to partyyyy! Bon Iver wrapped up the programme beautifully on a hot Sunday, and as usual the festival ended with the brilliant Ellen Allien closing the sleepless floor early monday.
Another particular highlight we enjoyed in this edition: the [FAIR]OPOLIS, a place for creativity, sustainability, and cooperation, developed in collaboration with various NGOs. A really good vibe area, located near the camping, where we could practice a bit of Yoga and other workshops, and it was especially nice to find our dear goalgirls with their Period Späti!