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?
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.Read more
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.Read more