“I expect this to be one of the most exciting weeks of my life,” said Nile Rodgers, curator of the 26th Meltdown, as we sat down with him on the eve of the 2019 festival. His expectations would not be found wanting.
For nine days straight, Southbank Centre rocked, danced and discoed to an incredible breadth of live music from all corners of the globe. And throughout it all you couldn’t go more than ten feet without bumping into Rodgers himself.
The curator personally introduced every one of his headline performers, in each of our three venues, on every single night. From the guitar rock of Johnny Marr to the funk-infused Malian soul of Songhoy Blues; the South American dance-pop of Anitta to the haunting electronica of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, Rodgers could be found championing each and every one of the performers on his remarkable bill.
And when not waiting in the wings, Rodgers was right there on stage - kicking off the festival in emphatic style with Chic and a special Studio 54 night, or joining Dave Stewart in an all-star line-up to present Eurythmics Songbook. It was a truly memorable Meltdown; one of the most exciting weeks in the life of Southbank Centre, let alone that of the festival’s curator.
Sadly Meltdown festival is over for this year, but that’s not the end of live music at Southbank Centre. Throughout the year we present live contemporary music gigs and performances that blur genre boundaries and showcase the best new sounds from across the globe.