The wait is over. It’s time to announce the first acts of Nile Rodgers' Meltdown, a festival that’s set to be full of exclusive collaborations and global one-offs. We’re delighted to confirm that the 26th Meltdown will feature Eurythmics Songbook, Despacio, Anitta, Thundercat, Songhoy Blues, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein performing Stranger Things, Alfa Mist, Durand Jones & the Indications, Kokoroko, A Night of Studio 54, and of course the man himself, Nile Rodgers and CHIC.
Tickets for each of the acts listed are now on general sale. To be first in line for tickets for further acts when they are announced, become a Southbank Centre Member.
Armed with his trusty Hitmaker, curator Nile Rodgers leads the way as he takes the stage with legendary disco hit-makers CHIC to perform a set list sure to be packed with iconic disco. Expect to be up on your feet as the curator of the 26th Meltdown sets the standard for ten days of fantastic gigs and live performances.
The perfect after-party for opening night. Legendary Manhattan nightclub Studio 54 – dubbed ‘the hippest place on the planet’ by Nile Rodgers – is recreated here at Southbank Centre. Join us ‘til 4am for state-of-the-art sound, go-go dancers and original Studio 54 DJs including legendary producer and heart and soul of New York’s audacious nightlife, John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez.
Grammy-winning bassist and singer Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat is the man behind 2017’s BBC 6 Music Recommends’ Album of the Year, Drunk - which featured cameos from Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Kamasi Washington among others. The virtuosic performer joins us from LA for his Royal Festival Hall debut, and only UK gig of the summer.
Still only 24, pop superstar Anitta has penned three chart-topping albums, collaborated with top global music figures - including Major Lazer and Iggy Azalea – and was the first Brazilian to win Best Latin American Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Expect to hear songs from her first trilingual album, Kisses, when she joins us for a UK festival exclusive performance.
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein - half of the Austin band S U R V I V E give a UK exclusive performance of their Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the cult TV hit Stranger Things. As well as the 1980s inspired synth-soaked nostalgia trip familiar to audiences of the first two series, expect tracks from the much anticipated third series.
Answering a personal request from Nile Rodgers to bring together the songs of one of his favourite bands, David A. Stewart puts together an all-star collaboration of musicians and vocalists to perform the greatest songs of one of the international institution that is Eurythmics. In a worldwide exclusive expect a catalogue of their timeless hits, including Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Here Comes The Rain Again, Missionary Man and more.
British born, LA-based singer, songwriter, DJ and producer, SOPHIE’s progressive, extrasensory pop, slid onto the musical radar in 2012. Reputation further enhanced by her 2015 debut album Product and 2018 follow-up Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides she’s now widely recognised as visionary artist at the top of her craft.
Formed in Bamako, Mali, Songhoy Blues create blistering, compelling West African rock music fused with elements of reggae and country. Painting a picture of their home country with humour and defiance Songhoy Blues’ attacking riffs, jangling funk guitar, dance-floor brass and moves to kill, wrap up Meltdown with a final, global dance party.
A collaborative club night from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Soulwax’s Stephen and David Dewaele, Despacio pitches up The Clore Ballroom for two epic intimate dance parties. Fuelled by the trio’s specially-created vinyl-only soundsystem, it promises epic six hour sets of select sounds to have you on your feet.
Described as ‘ones to watch’ by Ronnie Scott’s Nick Lewis, KOKOROKO are a soul-shaking, London-based Afrobeat eight-piece led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey. With a sound inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and the best of West African music they play the music they love, music they grew up with and music their parents got funky to.
A remarkable group of twenty-somethings, led by Durand Jones and vocalist cum drummer Aaron Frazer, the Indications conjure up Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. But whilst their aesthetic and influence may be steeped in the sounds of 1970s soul, this Indiana group deliver an unmistakably mint-condition Motown sound that’s all of their own.
Composer, producer and pianist, Alfa Mist blends melancholic jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul to create a sound that’s earned him a reputation as a shining light of the London jazz scene. Fresh off the success of Antiphon, he joins us to perform his highly praised third album, Structuralism.
Nile Rodgers' Meltdown takes place 3 - 11 August across Southbank Centre. Tickets for each of the acts listed are now on general sale. To be first in line for tickets for any additional acts added to the line-up, or for any Southbank Centre gigs, become a Member.