You may find yourself sitting in a Southbank auditorium. And you may find yourself listening to some strange music. And you may ask yourself: How did I get here?
The answer, in case that introduction wasn’t enough of a clue, is that you got here because of David Byrne. The ex-Talking Heads frontman is curating this year’s Meltdown festival, the Southbank Centre’s always-eclectic, always-excellent summer musical mash-up. But don’t go expecting a line-up of faded rock stars, because Byrne’s bill is as ace and varied as his own career has been.
As well as inventing ‘art rock’ with new wave superstars Talking Heads, Byrne has collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno, St Vincent and Fatboy Slim, worked with ballet and theatre companies, made films, written books and probably done something involving a kitchen sink. He’s the perfect person for Meltdown: the only big surprise is that he’s not done it before.
His Meltdown line-up is appropriately expansive, with theatre, art, performance and a whole heap of musical weirdness. The New Yorker discusses six of the standout acts – some of which he’ll be performing with. There’s only one way to describe the chance to catch him on stage: once in a lifetime.