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.
Listen to Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell and Terrance Hayes on modern America
Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
Enjoy some of the highlights of last year’s festival, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Hanks
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?
Award-winning author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast
Rachel Bowlby and Claire Armistead look at the early life and works of Virginia Woolf

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall