Germany’s queerest dance festival returns with porn at its heart

Being a German festival, you know Melt’s not going to play by the same rules as the rest of them.

Starting in 1997 as an inclusive rave rebellion against the surrounding right wing area, Melt has grown into the largest open-air electronic music festivals in the country. The festival, hosted on 19 to 21 July, is a focal point of raw creative energy mixed with a Mad Max aesthetic.

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Photo: Stephan Flad

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Photo: Woodywoodsn

And inside this musical event is a celebration of queer culture, which is promised to be bigger than ever this year.

The whole thing is set to the backdrop of the forgotten industrial machinery and enormous cranes of the ‘City of Iron’, Ferropolis open-air museum, just outside of Berlin. It’s here that Melt is welcoming the likes of Bon Iver, Skepta and A$AP Rocky to its main stage.

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Photo: Stephan Flad

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However, at the core of the festival is a counter-cultural ideal. This is found in the Melt forest, where Berlin’s most deviant and diverse queer collective, Pornceptual, will be your host. They’ll be joined by Pansy’s Playhouse; a house-party with round the clock drag queens.

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Photo: Woodywoodsn

Photo: Woodywoodsn

Photo: Woodywoodsn

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Talking about their upcoming extravaganza, Chris Phillips from Pornceptual told Gay Star News: ‘For our debut at Melt, Pornceptual is creating the “Garden of PORN”: a performance stage in the middle of Ferropolis’ forest connected to a hidden cruising labyrinth.

‘We intend to inspire the guests with some erotic art performances, then host a queer/sex-positive space as an intervention. For us, it’s very important to have this area so we can provide a safe space and also showcase the talent of artists from Berlin’s queer community.’

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Photo: Stephan Flad

Melt Festival

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There’s also special showcases throughout the year. The Black Madonna – a festival mainstay – is bringing her We Still Believe party at The Big Wheel stage. The Diynamic Takeover will see Dubfire, Kollektiv, Turmstrasse, Adana Twins and more join Solomun.

Tickets cost between €129 ($144.59) to €139 ($155.80). 

Photo: Stephan Flad

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