Melt 2018

20,000 festival-goers from all across the globe turned Melt Festival into a melting pot of unlimited freedom and love

In the early hours of July 16, 2018, Melt Festival’s 21st edition came to a close in Ferropolis. With exclusive performances by The xx, Florence + The Machine, Fever Ray, Tyler, The Creator and many more as well as 20,000 festival-goers from all across the globe, the festival, once more, lived up to its reputation, breaking with expectations and presenting a lineup beyond genres and borders.

When Florence Welch, frontwoman of Florence + The Machine, raised the rainbow flag on our new main stage Friday night and thousands of Melt-goers from all over the world enthusiastically sang along to “You’ve Got The Love” and “Dog Days Are Over”, it set the scene for the entire festival weekend. Fans had to wait almost five years for the band to reemerge with new material. It’s not surprising that when the band took the stage showcasing brand-new material for the first time, their Germany exclusive gig turned into nothing short of a volcano eruption of emotions.

In its 21st year, Melt Festival, once again, sent out an invitation to leave behind the daily grind, and festival-goers from across 50 nations transformed the unique festival site at Lake Gremmin into a massive adventure playground – far away from societal conventions and limits. Apart from Florence + The Machine, The xx also made sure of that. Hardly any contemporary band embodies the attitude of an entire generation like the London-based trio. So, it’s more than fitting that The xx played their only Germany show this year at Melt.

Altogether, Melt Festival aimed at presenting the freshest and most diverse lineup of the entire festival season. Fever RayTyler, The Creator, Nina KravizMura MasaOdeszaJon Hopkins (live)Cigarettes After SexBadbadnotgoodThe InternetLittle Dragon and Alma made sure of that.

Of course, Melt is and always has been a platform for the latest up-and-comers. This year, Princess NokiaMoses SumneySevdalizaIAMDBBRex Orange CountySuperorganismThe BlazeGeorge Fitzgerald and Zhu were amongst the most promising acts you will most certainly hear a lot more from in the future.

Only at Melt does a primetime drag show on the main stage turn into the talk of the festival. Berlin’s drag queen Pansy and her collective brought plenty of ‘pussy power’ to the City of Iron.

With splendid weather throughout, the festival grounds boasted diverse programming that included mini raves in the shadowy forest, Q&A sessions with artists between forest clearings, chilling in hammocks and plenty of refreshing dives into the crystal clear waters of Lake Gremmin: a medley of unlimited possibilities – not forgetting the morning beer yoga at the “musikdurstig Stage” of our partner Warsteiner.

This year’s art programme curated by Tobias Staab was more extensive than ever. Festival-goers were invited to check out installations by light and video artists Ulf Langheinrich and Pollyester at the Art Forum and the Art Space throughout the entire weekend.

The secret star of this year’s edition: the Forest with electronic delights, adventure and chill-out areas aplenty – and secrets, because what happens at Melt stays at Melt.

A big thank you goes out to all festival-goers and friends, partners, reporters, the entire Melt crew and all volunteers for creating this amazing festival experience together. You all turned this event into a sparkling extravaganza unique on the European festival circuit.

The 2019 edition of Melt from July 19-21 is already under way. Pre-sale begins September 1, 2018.


Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a real GOOD game, for real GOOD people.


When I buy a game, I usually buy it for the following reasons:

  1. Somehow, the main character seduced me, so it’s a Cupid’s arrow that goes directly through my heart and gets to the wallet;
  2. The cinematic trailer looks sooo good that the only way to stop watching it is to buy the game;
  3. I read an article or a review and it’s terribly intriguing.

You will be surprised to hear none of those above is the reason why I ended up buying this game.

Errr… I actually did NOT plan to buy this game, at the very beginning.

Life is indeed strange…

I mean, the first time I googled it and saw no disc to buy anywhere, I thought the game wasn’t even out yet.

In fact, nearly a year has passed from the actual launch of the game to me downloading and installing it.

I feel like it wasn’t advertised enough, in EU.

Or maybe I simply didn’t pay enough attention to it.

I read a few catchy lines about “mental illness reference”, “darkness” but it was all kind of mysterious: I could not get a full, clear picture from the trailers and what has been written unofficially.

I liked those fragments, by the way.

So I had Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice in my wishlist.

It comes digital only, I was really sweating and feeling uneasy at the thought of NO DISC.

I has been my first all-digital purchase on PlayStation Store.

I personally tend not to buy digital for PlayStation.

Mainly because if for any reason you don’t like a game anymore, you can’t resell it and it’s wasted money.

But luckily that’s not the case: this game is really sooo GOOD you’ll FORGET and FORGIVE everything and everyone.

Then I overcame my shyness, took a deep slow breath and went for it.

So, I bought it and I immediately L-O-V-E-D it. Which is rare.


I was about to write that this game is not for everyone but you know what?

To play the game you only have to be +18, have a heart that beats and be aware of the presence of Psychosis that will always “guide” you, the way an old friend would do. Its company doesn’t feel any bad or scary to me, quite the contrary.

Plus, Ninja Theory has conducted a research to increase accuracy and with the help of psychiatrists and patients, managed to give it a delicate, poetic and spiritual, yet real value to the delirium, adding even more meaning and depth to the story.

Which is exactly what I expect to see and appreciate in a videogame for adults.

You will see things that are not really there, things that change or things that are not as they seem…

Did you get curious now?


Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an AAA Game that comes for half the price (of an often over-priced) standard game for half the length.

Now, the length is no issue to me as long as there’s coherence and QUALITY.

Speaking of quality…

The Devil is in the details. There’s no Devil, just the details.

Just have a look to these screenshots and artworks that Ninja Theory has kindly provided.

In the actual gameplay, you’ll see nothing less that you saw in cinematic.

TRULY, that’s NO joke.

The amount of detail is insane as well as the smoothness of animations is.

They invested in innovation. This is clearly shown and makes a real difference. Bravo.

When I see high notes, I get somewhat skeptical.

But after just a few minutes of gameplay, I found myself completely absorbed in Senua’s universe and my jaw literally dropped realizing how much has been delivered with this well-polished masterpiece.


The combact system is “easy”, yet will surprise you all the time.

I found myself coming up with a loud “WOW, oh, how did I do that?!”

It feels like I’m truly there fighting the creatures.

Boss fights will be tough, in the first one I died 3 times with “auto” difficulty settings and once on easy, then finally won.

You will also have to face multiple enemies at once, and that’s adrenaline.

I love it.


This game is so immersive, incredibly realistic and bittersweet.

There is NO tutorial. THANK GOD!!!, I personally hate tutorials in games.

This alone was worth every cent.

You will have to practice a bit but only takes a minute, then you’re good to go.

Also, no maps, I’ll admit I got lost a couple of times, but that’s just me, it won’t happen to you, I promise.


The nature is stunning.

I found myself so many times stuck, just because I was watching the landscapes, the trees, the water…

When it’s windy, you can feel it on your skin. When it rains, you can drink it.

You know what I mean?

The sound design is just P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

Screenshot_04Senua is not a hottie. She’s one of us. She’s us. Loud and proud of all her imperfections.


Senua faces her destiny as a broken young woman who only has her humble self.

With courage, determination and faith.

She has no fancy sword or shiny armor and no magic tricks, though she is special.


The thought of “permadeath” won’t leave the player alone.

I died 7 times and I swear I have never counted my deaths in a videogame. I started now.

Nice thrill.

This stunning masterpiece has no flaws, as far as I have noticed and it places itself officially on the 3rd place on the list of my favourite games of all times.

Buy the game NOW on GOG, Steam, Playstation or Xbox Store.


Enjoy the ART.

All pics are a Courtesy of Ninja Theory.

All rights reserved.


Thank you Ninja Theory, from the heart for putting such a gigantic effort in this conceptual jewel.

Very few other developers and games can reach this niveau.


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The Redemptive Power of LOVE.

It is such a sunny and blessed sunny day in Windsor.

Prince Harry and the now Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle have just got married.

We were lucky enough to participate but we are only allowed to publish only the following low-res pictures.

Love wins.

God save the Queen & the Royal family!

all pictures: (C) Maria Layla Barkat

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Nada Surfing in Berlin


Pic by Bernie De Chant. all rights reserved.

Nada Surf is coming to town, people. Things will get serious.

If you are up for the coolest ’90s vibes served with plain alternative/ indie Rock, topped with an East Coast-spiced sauce, that’s your jam, baby.

In the background we find names like Ric Ocasek (from the band Cars) and the drummer Ira Elliot was formerly playing with the Fuzztones. So, as I said earlier, it is serious stuff.

They’ll play in Berlin – Huxley’s Neue Welt on april 11th. Get your ticket now, before it’s too late (the date in Hamburg is already sold out, so hurry up).

Trust me – you simply can’t skip this gig, as it is going to be celebrating 15 years from the release of ‘Let Go’ their best and most popular album.

Die amerikanische Band Nada Surf gibt mit Freuden die ersten Termine ihrer Tour zur Feier des 15. Jahrestags des bahnbrechenden Albums ‚Let Go‘ bekannt, das im September 2002 durch die Labels EMI in Europa und Heavenly Records im Vereinigten Königreich veröffentlicht wurde. Angekündigt als An Evening with Nada Surf”, also ein Abend mit Nada Surf, wird die Band alle Songs von ‚Let Go‘ vorführen und nach einer kurzen Pause für eine zweite musikalische Runde zurückkehren. Bei diesen Veranstaltungen wird es keine Vorgruppe geben. Nada Surf spielen am 9. April 2018 in München in der Muffathalle, am 10. April 2018 in Köln im Stollwerck, am 11. April 2018 in Berlin im Huxley´s und am 12. April 2018 in Hamburg im Gruenspan.

Tickets sind unter sowie telefonisch unter 01806 777 111 (20 Ct./Anruf Mobilfunkpreise max. 60 Ct./Anruf) und bei den bekannten Vorverkaufsstellen erhältlich. Ab sofort bieten die Ticketanbieter Myticket und CTS Eventim Presales an.

‚Let Go‘ inklusive der Nada-Surf-Klassiker Inside of Love”, Blonde on Blonde, Hi-Speed Soul und The Way You Wear Your Head” wurde von der Musikpresse hochgelobt (abgesehen vom Magazin Pitchfork, das das Album mit 3,8/10 bewertete) und es ist allgemein bekannt, dass es der Karriere der Band nach der unangenehmen Trennung mit ihrem ursprünglichen Label Elektra Records neuen Schwung verlieh.

  Eines der 50 besten Alben des Jahres 2002. 12 textlich durchdachte Songs über alles verzehrende Liebe im Ungleichgewicht, voller großer Melodien und genug Staunen über die Welt, um jegliche schlechte Laune immer wieder aufs Neue zu vertreiben.” – MOJO

Praktisch jeder Song auf ‚Let Go‘ trifft auf die eine oder andere Art ins Schwarze, indem kontinuierlich bemerkenswerte Momente geliefert werden, die vom süßen Schwärmen in Moll in Blizzard Of ’77” und Neither Heaven Nor Space” bis hin zum geschmeidigen schwungvollen New Wave von Hi-Speed Soul reichen. Nada Surf singt über Beziehungen, Fruchtfliegenschwärme und eine Cheap-Trick-Hommage mit gleichermaßen profundem Verständnis und wirft dabei eine entwaffnende Vielfalt an subtil verführerischen Haken aus. Die Band schaffte es, ihre Verwandlung in ein attraktives Pop-Wunder abzuschließen, bevor den meisten Musikhörern überhaupt bewusst war, dass sie begonnen hatte.” – AV Club

Sie sind wieder da und ihr neues Album ‚Let Go‘ gilt unbestreitbar als eines der besten Pop-Rock-Platten des Jahres 2003.” Suicide Girls

Ein Dutzend so gut wie perfekte Pop-Songs, jeder randvoll mit freudiger Verzweiflung. Entertainment Weekly

**** – Rolling Stone