MELTDOWN: Patti Smith

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© Steven Sebring

When the New York punk poetess curated Meltdown in 2005, she invited Yoko Ono to perform. Now Ono's returning the favour, inviting Smith for a Meltdown performance in the Purcell Room. Ticketholders are promised 'an evening of words and music', which suggests there'll be some unaccompanied poetry as well as songs from her 40-odd-year back catalogue.