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Meltdown festival line-up

Line-ups and information about Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival, which will be curated by Guy Garvey in 2016

© Belinda Lawley

For the last 23 summers, Meltdown festival has allowed the Southbank Centre to hand over its programming calendar to a class of people hardly famed for their organisational skills – musicians. Luckily the impressive list of Meltdown curators (including David Bowie, John Peel and Yoko Ono) have always pulled through, making the festival an annual cultural highlight of the city. And though half of the Southbank is closed for renovation, Guy Garvey has pulled together another great line-up as curator of this year’s Meltdown (June 10-19).

Who’s playing at Meltdown festival 2016?

Drunk At Vogue

Dress to impress and leave inhibitions at home as the underground disco serves up a cocktail of DJs, pop-up performances, visuals and surprises on the dancefloor to open this year's Meltdown with a bang.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Friday June 10 2016 - Saturday June 11 2016

Lift To Experience

The indie rock band created by Josh T Pearson in 1996, which broke up shortly after the release of the 2001 album The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, reunites for Meltdown with support from Kiran Leonard.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Friday June 10 2016

Femi Kuti

The eldest son of the great Fela Kuti continues to update his father's militant blend of Afrobeat, jazz and funk with a tighter, dancefloor-oriented, electronic-literate twist. Support here comes from Tiggs Da Author.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Saturday June 11 2016

Meltdown The River

Celebrate the launch of Meltdown 2016 with an adults-only nautical party on a Thames riverboat. Meltdown the River sails from Festival Pier with live music, DJ sets, dancing and the city as your backdrop. All aboard!The boat leaves from Festival Pier, the ferry terminal on the river opposite Queen Elizabeth Hall Latecomers will not be able to join the party.

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Festival Pier , South Bank Saturday June 11 2016

This Is The Kit

Critics' choice

Kate Stables and her band create sublime, haunting folk-pop with vocals, banjo, guitar and the odd bit of whistling, drawing on the Appalachian bluegrass music and British folk-rock as well as the singer-songwriter tradition. They’re playing on the Southbank’s roof garden with support from Three Cane Whale.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Saturday June 11 2016 - Tuesday November 1 2016
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