Goldie and Chrissie Hynde among first names for James Lavelle's Meltdown

Goldie will perform Timeless with the Heritage Orchestra as part of the London festival curated by Mo' Wax boss James Lavelle

The first raft of names for this summer's Meltdown festival, curated by Mo' Wax boss James Lavelle, have been announced. The 10-day event at the Southbank Centre in London will host artists including ESG and Mark Lanegan, as well as Chrissie Hynde's first solo gig in five years.

Lavelle's initial selections reflect his long career as a DJ and label boss, which began in the late 90s. Goldie will appear, marking the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking album Timeless by performing this drum and bass classic with the Heritage Orchestra. DJ Harvey, an eminence grise of the record-spinning set, is to headline at London Wonderground's Spiegeltent. And there will be sets by Neneh Cherry, Edwyn Collins, 23 Skidoo and Lavelle's own group, Unkle, joined by "collaborators old and new".

On the film side, Meltdown's programming includes a screening of Jonathan Glazer's arty sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, with a live performance of the soundtrack by Micachu's Mica Levi. Max Richter's score for the 2008 film Waltz With Bashir will also be presented in cinema, featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor André de Ridder.

"Over the past few months and during many sleepless nights I have been dreaming of a giant psychedelic jigsaw puzzle and trying to arrange all the pieces to create something eclectic, multicultural, unique and contemporary that joins the dots between artists who have strived to push the boundaries of the art of music," Lavelle said. "With my Meltdown I wanted to draw on the diversity and creative history of London and apply that to creating a festival that reflects the ever-changing musical and artistic landscape of one of the most inspiring and creative epicentres of the world."

Tickets for these first shows will go on sale from 1 April, for Southbank Centre members, and 3 April for everyone else. Meltdown 2014 will run from 13 to 22 June.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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