Melt! Festival 2011 – The Hipsters Festival Destination

Before we give you the first names of our 2011 line-up, we want to start with last year’s edition. Even though, Melt! 2010 is over, it’s still worth a news feature. Fortunately, we were nominated for a European Festival Award 2010. We were lucky and won the Artist’s Favourite European Festival award. We are tremendously happy and thank everyone who voted in our favour!

Now, enough about last season, let’s turn towards this year’s festival summer. With great anticipation we are looking forward to our return to the “gigantic steel giants”. And without further ado, here are the first acts confirmed to perform at the 14th edition of Melt! Festival in Ferropolis from 15th to 17th July, 2011.

After Pulp had announced their reunion, fans on and off the British isles were ecstatic. So were we since the boys and girls from Sheffield are about to play their only gig in Germany at this year’s Melt! as part of just a few festival performances worldwide. Entertainment galore awaits us: Pulp will play their greatest hits only.

Last year, hit machine Robyn’s been busy as well producing one album after the other. The Swedish pop icon pulled an album trilogy out of the hat as if it were the easiest thing in the world. With all her new songs in tow, Robyn will conquer Ferropolis in no time.

Where there’s Melt!, there’s definitely the Kalkbrenners. Since he started djing, Paul Kalkbrenner has been part of the Big Wheel Stage line-up. At last year’s Melt! Picknick, he even performed together with his brother Fritz Kalkbrenner. At Melt!’s 14th edition, both happily continue their liaison with Melt! Mike Skinner and Melt! also have a mutual history which will be continued when The Streets arrive at Ferropolis this summer. Speaking of traditions, Markus Kavka’s opening slot at Big Wheel Stage is definitely part of this year’s festival madness again as well as Ellen Allien crossing the finish line at Sleepless Floor on Monday morning.

Regarding the festival’s stages: Melt!Selektor Stage at Desperados Beach will be part of the festival line-up again. Like last year, the stage will be curated by Modeselektor. Also the Big Wheel Stage will see performances by a variety of DJs on Sunday as well.

Pulp

Melt! Festival’s eagerly awaiting the reunion of the year! Pulp are back and ready to rock. Since Jarvis Cocker and his band mates split in 2002, many fans have been waiting for this moment. After many discussions, vague promises, vigorous denial from the band, we can finally stop worrying. The boys and girls from Sheffield are about to conquer Melt! Festival’s main stage in their original line-up: Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Dayle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior and Mark Webber. From “Common People” to “This Is Harcore”, the band will perform a best of set that will definitely make your summer. Pulp is only playing a few festivals this summer. This exclusive German show is a one-off deal that you don’t want to miss this year.

Robyn

2010 was all about Robyn. The Swedish dance pop diva not only released one but three mini albums, Body Talk I-III. She pulled dance floor fillers like “Dancing on My Own” or “Hang With Me” out of her hat in between gigs and press conferences to successfully hold her ground in the music biz. After the peroxide blonde bundle of energy toured the globe last year, Robyn’s going to present the complete Body Talk works to the Melt! crowd. Enjoy!

Paul Kalkbrenner

Pauly and Melt! Festival – mates for life. At the beginning of his career, Berlin Calling and packed arenas were still far away, the DJ already rocked Big Wheel Stage in Ferropolis. In 2009, he was part of the Bpitch Special. In 2010, Kalkbrenner curated Melt! Picknick, put together a formidable line-up at Melt! beach and entertained more than 5,000 fans. This year, he’s going to top it all: in 2011, Paul Kalkbrenner will play main stage for the first time to bring you “Sky and Sand.”

All confirmed acts so far

Ame (live) | Atari Teenage Riot | Gui Boratto | Boys Noize | Bpitch @ Sleepless Floor: Ellen Allien, Kiki, Chaim, Skinnerbox | Busy P | Cut Copy | DAF | Isolée | Fritz Kalkbrenner | Paul Kalkbrenner | Markus Kavka | The Koletzkis | Live At Robert Johnson @ Sleepless Floor: Roman Flügel, Arto Mwambé, Manuel Raven, Oliver Hafenbauer, Gerd Janson u. a. | Loco Dice | M.A.N.D.Y. | Miss Kittin | Modeselektor present Melt!Selektor | Monarchy | Pulp | Robyn | The Streets | Tensnake | Total Confusion B2B2B – Tobias Thomas, Michael Mayer & Superpitcher |

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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