Melt! Festival

The Melt! Festival, with 20,000 visitors in 2013, is one of Germany’s pioneer festivals when it comes to going green. In 2010 they started their commitment for sustainability with a focus on mobility, and established the Melt! Hotel Train with us: By reactivating old train tracks that were originally used to transport coal from the former pit where the festival now takes place, and by organising a festival train, we saved an average of 20 tonnes of CO₂ per annum.

In 2011 and 2012 we focused on energy and the Melt! Festival equipped 2901 m2 with solar panels, which now generate 170,000 kWh/a. Our aim was to power an entire Melt! stage with renewable energy, the “Sunplugged Stage”. We quickly realised that we would need to find a way to store the generated energy. When we thought about ways to store the energy, just by using batteries for example, we figured that we simply didn’t have the information on how much energy was needed for a three-day festival. So we scaled down and measured this year’s energy consumption of the “Seebühne”, a stage that was operated by Modeselektor. This is typical for the process of an energy pilot project and highlights the importance of our endeavour: to take a deep breath, sit down and simply measure – for the sake of making things scalable for other festivals too.

With the energy profile of the Seebühne we assessed in 2013, we now have the information to engage with the industry and stakeholders to bring the Sunplugged Stage into existence for the next Melt! in 2014. This will make our hearts Melt!



Melt! Festival has installed solar panels across 2901 m2 of its permanent site at Ferropolis, which now generate 170,000 kW/annum. The Melt! Festival itself uses about 73,000 kW every year, making its net energy balance positive.


Audience engagement at Melt! Includes pedal-powered phone charging as well as the Morgenwelt bike stage, powered by 2.4 kW of audience pedal power and with a sound system capable of reaching an audience of 1000 people.

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