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
The amazing story behind one of the most iconic disco anthems
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
Watch a short introduction to the award-winning musical
Gavin Plumley, series advisor, introduces the Orchestra’s new colourful series
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Enjoy a preview trailer of the eccentric and scandalous show before its UK premiere
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Get a look ahead to Circus 1903’s return
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
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
The OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
The Italian classical pianist introduces this unique instrument
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
The OAE’s Cecelia Bruggemeyer introduces this remarkable instrument
Get a look at the mind-altering effects of the latest must see Hayward Gallery exhibition in our preview video
Watch the trailer for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s 2018/19 season
Classical musician Eberhard Spree takes us on a short musical tour of the city
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Double-bassist Eberhard Spree gives an introduction to Leipzig’s world-famous orchestra
Watch the remarkable short film from BAFTA-winning director, Kieran Evans, here
Hear how The Cure’s legendary frontman put together his festival this exclusive video interview
Try your hand(s) at the LPO’s Rite of Spring clap-along game
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
Knocks, socks and schnapps; find out what goes on in the wings
Watch the fourth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the third in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the second in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the first in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
See the band as they prepared to play Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival, in this video
See the American singer-songwriter talk about performing and Robert Smith
Hear from the band’s Barry Burns and Stuart Braithwaite and watch gig footage from their performance at Meltdown
See footage from the cellist’s appearance at Meltdown as she explains her distinctive sound
Hear from YONAKA lead singer Theresa Jarvis in this video recorded at Robert Smith's Meltdown
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
Love, murder and a platoon of ghostly knights – get to know Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in one minute
Watch Deftones’ Chino Moreno get a first look at Royal Festival Hall
Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career
Discover the turbulent relationship between Sergei Prokofiev and the Soviet regime
Watch a series of short video interviews with the famed guitarist and composer
Watch this illuminating video interview with the celebrated Korean composer

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall