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 a short video introducing the Southbank Centre’s outdoor exhibition
Our exhibition reimagining how we think about trees and forests returns on 1 August
Watch a moving performance in tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all victims of racial injustice
Watch highlights from the comedian and musician’s 2012 performance
Enjoy this remarkable performance piece, filmed here at Southbank Centre in 2018
How will Coronavirus affect the climate crisis, and what lessons can we learn from it?
Hayward Gallery’s Marie-Charlotte Carrier explores how trees challenge our sense of time
Hear from the artist about how she created her huge, cinematic portrait of a spruce tree
See how the artist created her fairytale-like installation Forêt Palatine entirely from cardboard
Celebrate the legendary musician and composer with archive footage and the words of Anoushka Shankar
Join Hayward Gallery Director, Ralph Rugoff, on a virtual tour of the exhibition
Find out how this artist uses natural materials to deal with big ideas and transform the way we think
Hayward Gallery’s Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson offers his answer
Actors Liadán Dunlea and Fra Fee read 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' by Gearóid Mac Lochlain
The artist joins the Hayward Gallery director to discuss her work and recent exhibition
Find out how the artist’s early works shaped her style
The choreographer introduces her new show in this video
A look at the exhibition from Katy Hessel, the woman behind Instagram account, Great Women Artists
Find out about the artist’s use of the contrast between black and white
Find out about the importance of colour in the artist’s dazzling paintings.
Nicholas Hlobo introduces his work and discusses his use of materials in this short video
Nile Rodgers talks about his Meltdown festival in this exclusive video
The legendary singer and guitarist talks Chic, Nile Rodgers and Royal Festival Hall
Watch Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson talk about performing at the festival
Watch the American musician and producer in this video
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
The artist introduces his HENI Project Space exhibition in this short video 
The amazing story behind one of the most iconic disco anthems
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
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work, in this short video
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
Hear how The Cure’s legendary frontman put together his festival this exclusive video interview
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
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 Deftones’ Chino Moreno get a first look at Royal Festival Hall
Enjoy a unique and in-depth insight into the photographer’s work in this video
Watch Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Laura Bates and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in discussion, in this video from WOW 2018
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Watch highlights from the comedian’s entertaining appearance at Being A Man festival
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
The author takes us on a fascinating tour of his book shelves
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
See exclusive behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s Meltdown performance
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
The legendary activist talks about women, race and class in the post-Trump era
Caitlin Moran talks about new book, Moranifesto
Why bother saving the arts? In an era of cuts, is 'arts' a dirty word?
Relive this remarkable concert from Meltdown 2015 in full
Watch a preview of the company’s show Popcorn Machine
The leading exponent of historical horn playing on this unique instrument

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