London's Meltdown Festival: 20th Anniversary Year (and the curator is ...)
posted at 3/20/2013 12:52 PM EDT
Now this is a concept worth emulating.
Meltdown is a yearly festival in London featuring music, art, performance and film. 21 acres in size.
Here's what distinguishes Meltdown:
Each year the festival chooses an established artist or act as the director of the event, and THEY SELECT the performers for the festival. The lineups are so unique, you will never see one even close to repeated, anywhere, any time. Past directors include Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Ray Davies, Richard Thompson, David Bowie, John Peel (famous English DJ), Massive Attack, and Antony, to name but a few out of the past 19 years.
Guess who is the curator / director for 2013? Are ya ready? From the website:
"Celebrating her 80th birthday in 2013, worldwide cultural icon Yoko Ono brings a lifetime of achievement in music, visual art and peace activism to Southbank Centre. Yoko Ono's Meltdown (14 – 23 June 2013) will be led by the artist's dedication to environmentalism, feminism and peace.
For 20 years Meltdown has invited internationally renowned musicians to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Southbank Centre. Tasking artists to take over the 21-acre artistic site, Meltdown is renowned for unique events and artist led programming, from Jeff Buckley's final UK show to the New York Dolls reuniting, and the first solo performance in fifteen years from Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser. Yoko Ono is no stranger to the festival, having performed as part of Ornette Coleman's Meltdown in 2009, and her return for the 2013 festival promises to have 10 days of not-to-be missed performances."
What do you think of Yoko Ono as the choice of director / curator? No lineup announced just yet, BTW.
I happened on this because Massive Attack is one of my favorite groups (duo) ATM, and I was stunned and impressed that they were chosen to direct this event a few years ago.
Each lineup looks more astonishing than the next; archives for the history of the festivals are listed, with their respective lineups. You have to see them to believe them; exquisite writeups, totally aced in all manner of writing / speaking :