Calling all slaves to the rhythm, it's time to pull up to the bumper baby, as we’re delighted to announce Grace Jones as curator and headliner of the 2020 Meltdown festival.
For ten days, from 12-21 June 2020 the influential singer, songwriter, model and producer will take over Southbank Centre to bring her inimitable style to our programme. Expect unique performances, global names, and special one-off collaborations from artists who inspire, or have been inspired by, the indisputable international icon.
Summer 2020 represents the 27th edition of Meltdown, our unique festival of live music, here on the banks of the River Thames, and Jones follows in some remarkable and diverse curatorial footsteps. From British composer George Benjamin in 1993 to disco funk legend Nile Rodgers last summer, via Yoko Ono and M.I.A. in between, 26 world-changing artists have served as Meltdown’s curator, each delivering a festival entwined with their own musical vision.
One of the most recognisable figures in contemporary culture, Grace Jones’ influence has spanned genres and generations. One of the first black supermodels, and a star of New York’s Studio 54-centred disco fever, the 1980s saw Jones’ make her distinct mark on the music scene. Working with superstar producers such as Trevor Horn and Nile Rodgers, Jones released a string of internationally acclaimed and enduring albums including Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).
This isn’t Jones’ first experience of Meltdown. In 2007, she completed an all-star line-up of Nick Cave, Shane MacGowan, Pete Doherty and Jarvis Cocker to sing Disney songs as part of the latter’s curation; a perfect embodiment of the festival’s reputation for delivering once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences.
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