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.
The Light In The Piazza’s Set and Props Designer on bringing Florence to the stage
Watch a short introduction to the award-winning musical
Enjoy a preview trailer of the eccentric and scandalous show before its UK premiere
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
George from Forced Entertainment tells us about appearing in That Night Follows Day
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall