Nile Rodgers to curate Meltdown festival, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 15:23

Good times, these are indeed the good times, as we’re delighted to announce Nile Rodgers as curator of the 2019 Meltdown festival.

From 3 - 11 August, the celebrated composer, producer, arranger, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will take over Southbank Centre to bring his distinctive creative vision alive through nine days of gigs and performances across our venues.

This summer represents the 26th edition of Meltdown, our unique festival of live music on the banks of the River Thames, and the three-time Grammy Award-winning Rodgers follows in some remarkable and diverse curatorial footsteps. From British composer George Benjamin in 1993 to The Cure frontman Robert Smith last summer, via Yoko Ono and M.I.A., 25 world-changing artists have served as Meltdown’s curator, each delivering a festival in tune with their own musical vision.


To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true…. It’s all about the groove and this August everyone in London will be dancing to incredible live performances!
Nile Rodgers

Among music legends, Rodgers is truly exceptional. From co-founding slick disco pioneers CHIC with his late creative partner Bernard Edwards in 1970, to his own global success as a solo producer, he has contributed to records that have cumulatively sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, and has left an indelible signature on the sounds of today.

After over 50 years in the business, Rodgers continues to set sonic trends through his work with chart-topping artists such as Avicii, Sam Smith, Disclosure, and perhaps most notably Daft Punk; Rodgers having co-written and produced the French electronic duo’s global hit Get Lucky.


It’s hard to overstate the impact Nile Rodgers has had on what we call popular music today. He is constantly creating and collaborating, and I can’t wait to see what he will create across our venues. One thing’s for certain: this will be the funkiest Meltdown yet.
Bengi Ünsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre

Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown will take place across London’s Southbank Centre, 3-11 August, 2019. Details of the line-up will be announced in due course.

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