Guy Garvey's Meltdown

In June 2016, Guy Garvey joined a pantheon of renowned festival directors including Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne.

The brilliant line-up included Robert Plant, Femi Kuti, Laura Marling, I Am Kloot, Nadine Shah, The Staves, Connan Mockasin, Lift To Experience, This Is The Kit, Nick Mulvey, K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, Guy Garvey, and more. There was a day dedicated to the refugee crisis, including a special concert on the Thames called The Boat We're In.

Much like my work on TV and radio I see this as the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some amazing new talent while recognising and celebrating the artists that have had an influence on the new sounds of today. Beyond that I want my Meltdown to be a party where everyone feels invited and everyone leaves having had the best night out.
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of artists from New Music Biennial 2019
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
A Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for the CHIC-est of Meltdowns
Enjoy the sarod players’ favourite music in these Spotify playlists
Listen to a chronological Spotify playlist of the revolutionary composer’s work
Enjoy this Spotify Playlist of tracks featuring samples from Nile Rodgers’ music
Enjoy a Spotify playlist packed with hits from the Meltdown curator’s remarkable back catalogue
Listen to a specially curated Spotify playlist from Sam Pillay
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019
Enjoy nine inspirational pieces of music from the jazz saxophonist in this Spotify playlist
The singer shares ten tracks she’s listening to right now in a special Spotify playlist
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019
Listen to a selection of tracks handpicked by Elheist, and a Bonnie Banane playlist
Listen to a playlist of music from MK ULTRA and the score it influenced
Listen to this specially curated playlist of ‘the father of South African jazz’
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlist from the former Mercury Prize nominee
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlists from Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall