The festival will take place from 3 to 11 August at London’s Southbank Centre.
Niles Rodgers has been tapped as the curator for Meltdown’s 26th edition, following in the footsteps of David Bowie, M.I.A., Massive Attack, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono. The festival takes place every summer, with a key figure in the music industry planning and executing the programme.
Rodgers has built a formidable career over multiple decades, forming the disco group CHIC with Bernard Edwards in 1970 and going on to produce chart-topping records for David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross.
Whilst the line-up is yet to be announced, in a press release Rodgers hinted about what audiences might be able to expect from his programming. “Anyone who knows my career knows that funk, disco, jazz, soul, classical, pop, new wave, R&B, fusion, punk rock, afrobeat, electronic and dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning,” he says. “It’s all about the groove and this August everyone in London will be dancing to incredible live performances!” [sic]
Meltdown tickets will go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on 9 April and to the general public on 11 April 2019. To prepare yourself for the festival’s upcoming edition, read Crack Magazine’s coverage of Meltdown 2017.