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.
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With so much to choose from, here are a few festival highlights
The singer and journalist on the importance of music as a tool of protest
Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
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Enjoy an exclusive podcast, featuring readings and discussion on the life of the great politician, from a host of big names.
What chance do African nations have of thriving in the new global and political landscape?
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Award-winning author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast
Mohamed Sarrar, of Borderline, shares his experience of escaping Sudan as a refugee.
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Africa Utopia returns with a line-up of exciting musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora
Belief and Beyond Belief festival panellist Canon Rosie Harper considers the topic of assisted dying
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Will Brexit be good for women, or do they risk losing hard-won rights?
Discover the key messages and themes in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
Slavoj Žižek, Yanis Varoufakis and Julian Assange discuss Europe’s future

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