West London duo Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts today. Reason enough to see them in Royal Festival Hall as they deliver their unmistakable sound of aspiration, escapism and modern soul with the aid of their usual seven-piece band.
In Queen Elizabeth Hall
There are three additions to our Queen Elizabeth Hall Meltdown line-up, including the experimental London trio Kero Kero Bonito (pictured). Expect synth-pop clashing with Japanese rap and indie rock as they perform on 9 August. And on 11 August we welcome the raw energy of Swedish post-punk band Viagra Boys. Before both of those gigs, on 8 August, there’s the chance to hear from music industry heavyweights as Nile Rodgers is joined in conversation by his manager and business partner Merck Mercuriadis.
In Purcell Room
We’ve added five further gigs to the Purcell Room stage; the perfect place for intimate performance. On 4 August Franco-Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim (pictured) delivers English and Hebrew pop-folk; followed on 5 August by the impressive vocals and pop-soul attitude of anaïs.
Nigeria-born East London-based singer-songwriter Azekel joins us on 7 August with a personal confessional soulful sound. And on 9 August Purcell Room hosts the unique modern pop voice of the emotionally charged Nakhane. The quintet of new additions is wrapped up by transatlantic trio Radiant Children (11 August) and their blend of soul, funk, jazz and R&B.
Fantastic free events
To help set the mood of his festival Nile Rodgers has announced five big free outdoor parties, running each weekend until 1am. We begin with Disco Wonderland on 3 August – a free day-long disco to honour the curator’s own pioneering sound of the 1970s. On 4 August Meltdown Mardi Gras includes an outdoor procession, lindy hopping, dance-breaking moves and more disco classics with Kinetika Bloco and ZooNation Youth Company.
And The Beat Goes on (9 August) showcases Rodgers’ commitment to supporting new talent with an entire day of free performances from emerging artists. On 10 August House Mothers from the ballroom scenes in Paris and Berlin deliver an all-inclusive Mini Vogue Ball, celebrating the power of disco to bring people together.
And, on 11 August we take it back to where it all began for Rodgers, with a Ministry of Meltdown day of jazz. All of these events take place across Southbank Centre’s site, and will be free entry.