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.
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
See footage from the cellist’s appearance at Meltdown as she explains her distinctive sound
Watch a series of short video interviews with the famed guitarist and composer
See the celebrated conductor discuss the work of her mentor Leonard Bernstein
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
Discover the key messages and themes in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
Watch concert goers at Southbank Centre have their pre-concert drink interrupted by an impromptu performance

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall