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.
Pianist Tamara Stefanovich describes how it feels to be from a country that doesn’t exist
Choreographer Rosie Kay shares her top tips
Writer and activist Soraya Chemaly considers six myths about anger and gender
Comedian and performer Jess Thom breaks down common misconceptions about what it is to be disabled
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson on one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century
The celebrated composer, producer and tabla player shares some of his favourite music
The comedian talks us through some of his favourite performances
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
Author Jeffrey Boayke looks at the musical genre's impact on male identity.
In the first of our 'Six things...' series Julian Baggini muses on the notion of truth

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall