Aphex Twin is set to reprise his live partnership with Florian Hecker at this year's Melt! Festival.
The event, which takes place in between Berlin and Leipzig from 17-19 July, has been a fixture on the German festival circuit since 1997, and continues to go from strength to strength as it enters its twelfth year. Whereas there is a rock music presence at the event (Oasis, Foals, Bloc Party), the main focus is on live electronic acts and DJs, with plenty of artists on the bill that should keep RA readers happy.
Germany's electronic giants Kompakt have a big presence at the festival, with DJ Koze, Sascha Funke, Tobias Thomas and Matias Aguayo all making appearances, whilst Innervisions will compact their performance into just one set, with Âme, Dixon and Henrik Schwarz all getting behind their laptops for one of their A Critical Mass performances. They aren't the only laptop supergroup apppearing at the festival, however, as Skream, Benga and Artwork will also present their Magnetic Man project. Kode9, TRG and Goldie and Buraka Som Sistema will also be bringing the bass to the Melt! crowd, but it isn't just about techno and dubstep. There's plenty of punk-funk (WhoMadeWho, Gossip), electro-house (Tiga, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize), and electronic pop (Phoenix, Metronomy) to be seen over the course of the three days, with plenty more acts yet to be added. Keep an eye on their official website for further line-up announcements.