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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Read how the artist creates the intricate sculptures on display in HENI Project Space
It's set to get lively on our Riverside Terrace across July and August
Take a look at the packed line-up coming to Southbank Centre later this year
Find out more about Muholi’s self-portrait, part of their ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of artists from New Music Biennial 2019
Introducing the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Hear from three of the artists involved in Kiss My Genders in this roundtable discussion
See the bands and performers on their way to Meltdown festival 2019
Find out more about the first drag queen to run for president
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition
Find out more about Hlobo’s sculpture
The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer Natalia Osipova discusses her performance in The Mother
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
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
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
Discover the stars bringing the musical to life
Get to know the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor
Enjoy BBQ, burgers, refreshing juices, craft beer, cocktails and views over the Thames this summer
Big name star after big name star; take a look at the cast of the new television series
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
Get up to speed on the author’s two LA Quartet series.
Watch a short introduction to the award-winning musical
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Reasons to get out the house and join us down beside the Thames
A Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for the CHIC-est of Meltdowns
Find out who's on the bill for the 26th edition of Meltdown festival
Gavin Plumley, series advisor, introduces the Orchestra’s new colourful series
What became of Lennon’s Steinway and Chopin’s Pleyel?
Listen to the twelfth episode of our podcast series on the impact of Karlheinz Stockhausen on music
Pianist Tamara Stefanovich describes how it feels to be from a country that doesn’t exist
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
Enjoy the sarod players’ favourite music in these Spotify playlists
Listen to a chronological Spotify playlist of the revolutionary composer’s work
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Find out more about the much-hyped debut novelist
Whet your appetite with our round up of what’s on offer during the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
How the authors’ respective latest novels explore the boundaries from artificial intelligence
Enjoy this Spotify Playlist of tracks featuring samples from Nile Rodgers’ music
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Discover the six authors and books in contention for this year’s prize
The viola player speaks about the future of the ensemble
Weather taken a turn for the worse? Curl up and enjoy these eggstra special reads
Listen to the best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
Find out more about this video installation
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
Find out more about this sculpture
Listen to the eleventh episode of our podcast series as comedians and comedy writers talk politics
Get a look ahead to Circus 1903’s return
Take a first look at Kader Attia’s Hayward Gallery exhibition in this short video
Enjoy a Spotify playlist packed with hits from the Meltdown curator’s remarkable back catalogue
Find out more about this series of pieces
How the German composer’s influence extends from pop to present day electronic music
Leading figures from three decades of the Series share memorable stories from behind-the-scenes
Listen to a specially curated Spotify playlist from Sam Pillay
Enjoy fantastic shows, an amazing interactive installation, and free music fun
Discover more about one of the 21st century’s most consistently thrilling pianists
Read a special interview with the choreographer ahead of her return to London
How far will you go to win someone’s trust?
Enjoy a look back at classic live performances by ‘the finest living exponent of the sarod’.
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Take a look at all of our egg-cellent musical activities
For World Book Day, take a look at these books celebrating characters and stories often reduced to the margins
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
Is your favourite fictional feline on our list?
Find out more about the celebrated Russian pianist
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The quartet’s violist looks ahead to their Southbank Centre performance
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
Enjoy this scrumptious rhubarb-based chocolate tart recipe
Keep the kids entertained with fun, interactive events and performances
Find out more about the life of the legendary Italian pianist
The co-founder of CHIC is named as the curator of the 26th Meltdown festival
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019
Find out more about this sculpture
See live performances from artists including Actress, James Lavelle, Sergio Mendes, Virginia Wing, Amjad Ali Khan and more
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
Enjoy nine inspirational pieces of music from the jazz saxophonist in this Spotify playlist
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
From windows into our history, to great spaces to relax and unwind
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A look into our archive at some of the pianist’s memorable London performances
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
Best friends Ross and Tom tell us how to make a vegan jackfruit pot pie
Discover more about the Canadian pianist and her British roots
The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
The singer shares ten tracks she’s listening to right now in a special Spotify playlist
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to a special podcast, recorded live at 2018’s London Literature Festival
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
The singer and writer introduces the Jewish composer
Hear music that has inspired this innovative composer and video maker
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Get a flavour of this year’s jam-packed programme
Discover more about this Italian rising star
Hear comedians including Dave Gorman, Maisie Adam and Glenn Moore answer questions on comedy
Take a look back at 2018 at Southbank Centre through some of our favourite instagram posts
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Take a look at our countdown of famous feature films shot here at Southbank Centre
Listen to the composer’s work, and discover more about its creation
Find out more about one of the great violinists of the 21st century
See how puppetry is used to recreate the wonder of turn-of-the-century circus
Whether beginner or expert, come and enjoy fun free dance sessions with us
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
The seventh episode of our monthly podcast looks ahead to 2019’s SoundState festival. Take a listen
Assistant Curator Tarini Malik introduces Laine’s solo exhibition
The remarkable career of the man bringing his reimagining of Gershwin to Southbank Centre
Renée Fleming and Adam Guettel discuss their upcoming performance of the award-winning musical
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
All you need to know about the pianist ahead of his solo recital in the International Piano Series
Specially commissioned fiction by writer Ben Eastham, inspired by Emmanuelle Lainé’s exhibition
Take a look through 250 years of circus history with our interactive timeline
From David Sylvian to Peter Eötvös, discover the music that inspires this composer
Enjoy some great nights out at Southbank Centre in the run up to Christmas
The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
The performer talks to us about the family show, and relishing his own role in it
What music does the Slovenian composer love? We reveal all
The letter from Strauss that gave the Philharmonia Orchestra a notable world premiere
Senior Curator Cliff Lauson discusses the Hayward Gallery exhibition Space Shifters
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
Listen to Sue Perkins discuss her book East of Croydon
Tuesday 27 November is #GivingTuesday - a global day for giving and celebrating the extraordinary impact that people like you can make to causes that you care about.
The OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart
The writer and director explains the concept behind the performance
Great gifts including fashion, jewellery, books, games and much, much more
Answer a few questions and we’ll point you in the right direction
The violinist talks composers and coping with touring in this interview
Listen to the sixth episode of our podcast series as we take a comedic turn

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How a ground-breaking gig saw Pink Floyd banned from the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019
Celebrating the great Scottish poet's centenary year
Enjoy live music from artists including Louie Vega, James Lavelle’s UNKLE, Yann Tiersen and The Orb
Make the most of your family time this festive season
Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson on opportunities presented by touring the exhibition
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Listen to a selection of tracks handpicked by Elheist, and a Bonnie Banane playlist
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
Enjoy all your favourite festive winter warmers with us
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor discuss the legacy of the Czech composer
Enjoy champion cooking with a winning view
Listen to Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell and Terrance Hayes on modern America
Choreographer Rosie Kay shares her top tips

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall