If/When Festivals come back, Melt Festival’s planned 2021 looks to be one of the better lineups in store.
By Bubba Krishnamurti
After canceling their 2020 festival as so many others, Germany’s largest open air electronic music festivals will return to its home outside of Gräfenhainichen in 2021. Instead of delivering the same boiler-plate language every other festival gave upon cancellation — “ Nothing is more important to us than your safety.” — Melt did an A+ job of properly explaining to fans why the 2020 event needed to be scrapped. “Besides the health risk, there are other important factors as well: A festival requires many helping hands, including paramedics, firefighters, police and many other forces that are currently needed in order to combat the crisis. On top, many of our international artists would probably have to cancel their shows due to quarantine regulations and restricted freedom of travel.”
Germany has reportedly done better than most at containing the coronavirus. According to the World Economic Forum, “Compared to many other countries, Germany has managed the COVID-19 crisis well, owing to its properly funded health system, technological edge, and decisive leadership.” There remains no assurance that U.S fans can return to festivals in 2021.
The 2021 event will take place at festival grounds Ferropolis June 4th through 6th 2021. Melt takes on a new theme every year and has announced the theme for 2021 as ‘A New World’; ostensibly as a nod to a post-Covid future. The festival lineup is a melange of both European electronic stalwarts and up-and-comers as well as smaller doses of hip-hop and experimental pop. Highlights of the bill include FKA twigs, Yaeji, Jamie XX, Ellen Allien, Jayda G, Yves Tumor, Earl Sweatshirt, Afrodeutsche, Mafalda, TikTok star Ashnikko, Sherelle, and DJ Stingray.
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