Melt! Festival 2013: The acts you can't miss | TQS Magazine

Nearly 60 acts have been confirmed for this year’s Melt! Festival, and another 60 are to be announced. Taking place 19-21 July in West Germany, the festival is backdrop to giant, rusting machinery – you would think it was a better location for a heavy metal, not trendy electronic and indie bands.

Mercury Prize Winners Alt-J and previous runner ups Django Django and James Blake are among the big British acts heading to Ferropolis – Alt J of course won the Mercury Prize last year.  Dubstep DJ/ one-man-gospel-choir James Blake is back this year with a new album is confirmed too, along with a host of other UK Bass acts including Disclosure, Mount Kimbie and Joy Orbison.  They will be complementing a group of little known German DJs at Melt! (exclamation mark obligatory).

Headlining Melt! 2013 is The Knife.  It has been seven years since The Knife released their era-defining debut Silent Shout, and they are back with a new album Shaking the Habitual this spring (They certainly haven’t made a habit of releasing albums frequently). Nevertheless, expect incredible things.  Other acts include Apparat with Moderat, the retro-style of Everything Everything, and Azealia Banks.   She seems just a little bit out of place here, but I doubt that will faze her.  Don’t miss.

By Christoper Boyd