Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2013, the 20th anniversary year of Meltdown, Yoko Ono curated a specially created series of events and unique collaborations.Highlights included the long-awaited first show in five years from Siouxsie, the legendary Patti Smith and Iggy & The Stooges, as well as the first performance of the entire of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album.

There were also two weekends of talks and debates. Activism Weekend  featuring the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend opened with Yoko Ono in conversation with Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Also at the festival, Peaches performed Yoko Ono’s seminal performance art piece, Cut Piece, therewere installations across the site and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to visit, running an intensive programme for groups of local young people on how to make music videos and reportage films.

As part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown our neighbours at the BFI (British Film Institute) also put together a selection of Yoko’s favourite films, including an exclusive screening of Battleship Potemkin with an introduction by the Pet Shop Boys, plus rarely seen films by John and Yoko.

Just some of the highlights of the year ahead, as chosen by our senior programmers
The bass player picks out six of his favourite tracks for a special Spotify playlist
The pair of musicians discuss collaborating musically with AI and ML in this fascinating interview
Jonas Bjerre from the Danish band Mew, discusses their iconic album
Look ahead to a memorable night celebrating a musical legacy
Listen to some of the Australian rock musician’s most memorable tracks.
Meet the man behind East London jazz champions Total Refreshment Centre
The iconic star of music and fashion is named curator of the festival’s 27the edition
Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music of the Meltdown 2020 curator
Listen to the Suede frontman discuss his latest book with Miranda Sawyer in this special podcast.
TRC’s Lex Blondin curates this special Spotify playlist
The young jazz starlett talks inspiration and gratitude
Electro-pop’s Pi Ja Ma shares a Spotify playlist of her current inspirations
Head of Contemporary Music, Bengi Unsal, looks ahead to Ólafur Arnalds’ takeover
Enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring artists from the festival
Listen to a Spotify playlist specially curated by the singer
Get to know the grime MC ahead of his Southbank Centre gig
How many of these artists have you seen perform here?
The BAFTA-winning composer looks ahead to his new festival

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