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.

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Find out about one of Riley’s earliest black-and-white paintings
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The popular children’s author discusses his new book
The family-friendly interactive installation is back
The internationally bestselling author on the fascinating story of Lale Sokolov
Visitors the Hayward Gallery's 1971 exhibition of the works of Bridget Riley take in the art work.

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Find out about Bridget Riley’s long history with Hayward Gallery
Find out more about this influential artist, the subject of our major retrospective
How many of these artists have you seen perform here?
“Had I curated it in the wake of Brexit, Trump and Farage, there’s a chance it would have been a different book”
Listen to the documentary-maker discuss his career on screen with comedian Adam Buxton
We’ll help you keep the children entertained this autumn
The BAFTA-winning composer looks ahead to his new festival
Join us for a different listening experience away from the noise of everyday life
Listen to the comedian discuss her new book in this special podcast
Southbank Centre’s Ramatoulie Bobb looks ahead to her first classical music encounter
Take a look at the new trailer for this family favourite
Introducing the brilliant YA writers and authors appearing at Southbank Centre
Listen to this Spotify playlist and hear some of the big beasts of the instrument world
Author Jeffrey Boayke looks at the musical genre's impact on male identity.
Cardboard Citizens’ Beyoncé Meikle introduces their interactive theatre piece
Don’t worry about what to wear or when to clap; you’re there for the music
Listen to this Spotify playlist and step away from the bustle of everyday life
Listen to Malorie Blackman discuss her latest novel Crossfire
Put your money away and make the most of the South Bank
Find out why the classical composer loves to hear his music covered and remixed
Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
Have your finger on the pulse and be the very first to hear a brand new piece of music
The psychotherapist and author discusses her latest book in this interview
How did the Weimar era pave the way for the rise of Nazism? Find out more in this Philharmonia Orchestra video
Akala, Femi Kuti, Denise Lewis and more help us celebrate everything Africa
The composer and orchestrator talks about bringing his father’s work to life
Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
If you are a romantic at heart listen to this Spotify playlist and stirs your inner emotions
Whatever your era, see in the new year with us
What was it like to be a student at the Bauhaus? Find out more in this Philharmonia Orchestra video
Go deeper into the exhibition, How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s
Enjoy some of the distinctive documentary maker’s most memorable moments
Be the first to hear the next big thing
The Austrian percussionist and composer shares a special Spotify playlist of his favourite artists
Annette Isserlis and Kati Debretzeni explain the history behind the orchestra’s name in this video
Nicholas Hlobo introduces his work and discusses his use of materials in this short video
Get a recap of the author’s award-winning series
Tarini Malik and John Fleetwood discuss Thabiso Sekgala’s photographic legacy
The Icelandic composer shares some of his favourite artists in this Spotify playlist
Relive the festival through the lens of photographers and gig goers
We spoke to the Syrian-American singer ahead of her Southbank Centre gig
What’s it like to be a DIY queer feminist punk band in 2019?
Nile Rodgers talks about his Meltdown festival in this exclusive video
The poet on the importance of Picasso’s work and the challenge of responding to it
The legendary singer and guitarist talks Chic, Nile Rodgers and Royal Festival Hall
Join us for popular performances and free activities across the weekend
Watch Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson talk about performing at the festival
Watch the American musician and producer in this video
Take a look at some of the best social media moments from Meltdown so far
The pair discuss their portrait of Al-Kadhi’s drag persona in this short video
Watch a short video interview with the artist and hear a playlist of his work
Two artists from Kiss My Genders discuss figuration, abstraction, family and identity in this joint interview
A look at the remarkable journey of South African singer Nakhane
Get to know more about the two writers and former nurses
Ann Liebeck on how Havana and cabaret thrived on the eve of the Cuban revolution
Listen to the evolution of music from rhythm and blues to hip hop
Experience the film classic like never before with a live performance of Elmer Bernstein’s memorable score
The artist introduces his HENI Project Space exhibition in this short video 
We get to know the Queen of Brazilian pop

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall