Southbank Centre’s annual contemporary music flagship festival, Meltdown, features a different director each year, the director is given the opportunity to curate his or her fantasy festival with a very distinct and individual line-up. Since the Festival’s inception in 1996, directors have included James Lavelle, Yoko Ono, Antony Hegarty, Ray Davies, Richard Thompson, Ornette Coleman, Massive Attack, Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Lee "Scratch" Perry, David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker, Nick Cave, John Peel, Laurie Anderson and Magnus Lindberg.
Meltdown is renowned for presenting rising stars alongside established names with a series of eclectic, challenging and unmissable events. There's 10 days of vibrant entertainment to be found at the Southbank Centre and Meltdown 2015 is to be curated by David Byrne.
The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and The Hayward as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. The Hayward manages Hayward Touring exhibitions; and the Arts Council Collection on behalf of Arts Council England.
Last update: 03/05/2015 13:57
Line up includes
Artistic Director - David Byrne
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (20 August)
Actor and director Young Jean Lee performs with David Byrne and her band in theatre piece We’re Gonna Die (27-30 August)
Benjamin Clementine continues his meteoric rise from Paris Metro busker to commended artist (21 August)
Young Marble Giants (27 August)
Spanish superstar and new voice of flamenco Estrella Morente performs with a six-piece band (17 August)
Matthew Herbert is joined by singers and a horn section as he performs songs from his new album The Shakes as well as the much loved Bodily Functions (23 August)
Specially-commissioned piece From a Distance from Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams sees 64 French horns playing together outdoors, across Southbank Centre’s 21 acre site
David Longstreth, leader of Dirty Projectors, performs at the Royal Festival Hall with support from Gabi (25 August)
Highly-awarded Italian singer Carmen Consoli brings a live show drawing from her latest album L’abitudine di tornare in which she plays a reporter (21 August)
Psapp play layered experimental electronica on instruments primarily composed of everyday items, toys and machine parts (19 August)
Maria Rodés performs songs from Catalonia in her UK premiere (20 August)
Drone-metal band Sunn O))) are supported by Phurpa whose style is based on Tibetan overtone chanting and have instruments made of human bones (18 August)
Bianca Casady (CocoRosie) & the C.i.A. performs new music from her solo record and is joined by dancer Biño Sauitzvy (17-18 August)
Theatre collective Gob Squad perform an interactive theatre pieceand audience members (27-30 August)
This information was last updated on 03/05/2015 13:57. Please check with the event website for any last minute changes.
Tickets on sale via the Southbank Website