Meltdown festival

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Let’s not ‘get back to normal’: the Southbank Centre will reflect our changed world
From postponed Meltdowns to melted icecream, shutting down an 11-acre multi-venue site has made for a challenging 15 months at London’s Southbank Centre. But, as it reopens, there have been gains as well as losses

Gillian Moore

25, May, 2021 @1:24 PM

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Grace Jones' Meltdown: Solange, Skunk Anansie and Lee Fields to play
Curator of the London festival’s 27th edition announces trailblazers including Oumou Sangaré, Jimmy Cliff and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, as well as an ‘extraordinary’ show of her own

Laura Snapes

10, Feb, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Grace Jones to curate Meltdown festival 2020
The disco icon to follow in footsteps of Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and Nick Cave as curator of the London music festival, saying, ‘It’s about time, don’t you think?!’

Laura Snapes

06, Nov, 2019 @1:09 PM

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Eurythmics Songbook review – sweet dreams of synthpop heaven
Dave Stewart’s army of guests, including Meltdown host Nile Rodgers, remind the audience how potent his partnership with Annie Lennox was – and leaves them wishing for a reunion

Caroline Sullivan

14, Aug, 2019 @10:48 AM

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Nile Rodgers’s Meltdown review – a radical world party
The Chic supremo serves up a genial, all-inclusive musical feast, with Brazilian pop star Anitta leading the charge…

Damien Morris

10, Aug, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Nile Rodgers and Chic review – disco springs eternal
The ‘number one producer in the world’ puts on a breathless show packed with colossal hits that has everyone on their feet

Dorian Lynskey

04, Aug, 2019 @10:46 AM

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Nile Rodgers announced as guest curator for Meltdown festival 2019
Prolific singer and producer of landmark pop anthems takes over Southbank Centre’s annual music series

Jim Waterson Media editor

11, Feb, 2019 @8:30 AM

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Cureation review – scenic-route excursion through the Cure's career
Robert Smith brings Meltdown festival to a close with a chronological journey through his exquisite, oddly commercial melodies

Alexis Petridis

25, Jun, 2018 @12:14 PM

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Deftones review – bat screeches, unfettered aggro and posh moshing
The US alt-metallers turn up the experimental static, shoegaze sludge and nu-metal roars to max for a showpiece gig that shows why they deserve reverence

Kate Hutchinson

21, Jun, 2018 @11:04 AM

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Mental health event to replace Frightened Rabbit set at Meltdown
Southbank festival will host a panel on mental health and the music industry following band frontman Scott Hutchison’s death in May

Laura Snapes

19, Jun, 2018 @11:19 AM

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May I have a word about… curating | Jonathan Bouquet
Is there really an equivalence between running the Ashmolean and putting on a series of gigs featuring Nine Inch Nails and the Libertines?

Jonathan Bouquet

18, Mar, 2018 @6:05 AM

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MIA review – pulling up the people with cosmopolitan global pop
Closing out a radical Meltdown, the festival’s curator was in a celebratory mood – but her outsider pop still packed a political punch

Sam Wolfson

19, Jun, 2017 @12:43 PM

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