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This spring and summer, Southbank Centre presents a line-up of pioneering musical minds.  

In May, the Royal Festival Hall plays host to the world premiere of Actress x Stockhausen Sin {x} II - the latest large-scale work from contemporary electronic artist Actress and his artificial intelligence project, Young Paint. 

Pioneering musician and legendary queer-feminist icon Peaches will perform the exclusive UK premiere of There’s Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle - a vision of the past, present and future of queer feminism. 

Outspoken singer, songwriter and producer Planningtorock brings their atmospheric dance music and fearless synth-pop attitude to Queen Elizabeth Hall for the UK premiere of new album Powerhouse.

We have just announced the first confirmed acts for the 26th edition of Meltdown. This year’s festival is curated by Grammy Award-winning producer, composer, guitarist and CHIC co-founder, Nile Rodgers, and will run from 3 – 11 August.

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Beverley Knight, recording artist
7:30 pm
Thu 23 May 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 23 May 2019
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jazz & blues
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Come as you are for an evening of hits from the queen of UK soul, backed by a live orchestra
Chris Maddock Quartet

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
The saxophonist-led quartet combines the Hammond organ's charm with contemporary jazz flavours
Me and My Friends, band

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Fri 24 May 2019
6:00 pm | Fri 24 May 2019
gigs
folk & world
Gloriously danceable folk music with sun-drenched influences from Ghanaian highlife to Jamaican roots
Gloriously danceable folk music with sun-drenched influences from Ghanaian highlife to Jamaican...
Christy Moore with his guitar singing into a microphone
Various times
24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
Various times | 24 May 2019 - 25 May 2019
gigs
folk & world
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Hear the Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist performing songs from throughout his career
Marcus Miller, jazz composer and musician
7:30 pm
Sun 26 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 26 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Feel the force of the bass superstar's next-level jazz as he presents new album Laid Black
Melanie De Biasio, singer
7:30 pm
Tue 28 May 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 28 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
Bbymutha, rapper
10:30 pm
30 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
10:30 pm | 30 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
gigs
electronic
Get down with the lights down at this late-night gig with the rappers and DJ
Get down with the lights down at this late-night gig with the rappers and DJ
Fergus Ireland, double bassist

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 31 May 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 31 May 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Do you like your jazz inventive and compelling?
Do you like your jazz inventive and compelling?
Spiritland
10:00 pm
31 May 2019 - 1 Jun 2019
10:00 pm | 31 May 2019 - 1 Jun 2019
gigs
electronic
Put on your disco shoes for a party with the founders of seminal club night Low Life
Put on your disco shoes for a party with the founders of seminal club night Low Life
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
7:45 pm
Thu 06 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 06 Jun 2019
classical music
gigs
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards
Be dazzled at an evening of South Indian music and dance following the National Indian Arts Awards

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Powerhouse

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Charlotte Richardson
Planningtorock, musician
17 Jul
gigs
pop
Love, queerness, gender identities and survival – it’s Planningtorock’s empowering musical show

Melanie De Biasio

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Jerome Witz
Melanie De Biasio, singer
28 May
gigs
jazz & blues
Catch the jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist as she performs from her critically acclaimed album
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