Grace Jones announced as Meltdown Festival’s next curator

Grace Jones © Kristian Sibast
© Kristian Sibast

The icon will curate the line-up for Meltdown Festival‘s 2020 edition.

Her curated programme is set to take place at London’s Southbank Centre on 12-21 June 2020. Jones joins the list of esteemed Meltdown curators, which includes David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Nick Cave and M.I.A. She takes the reins from former collaborator Nile Rodgers, who curated Meltdown’s 2019 line-up.

“I am honoured to be curating next year’s Meltdown festival,” Jones said in a statement. “Year after year, the festival continues to spread its colourful wings, allowing its curators to bring together an array of diverse talent not seen anywhere else. It’s about time I was asked to curate Meltdown darling, don’t you think?!”

Southbank Centre’s Head of Contemporary Music, Bengi Ünsal, added, “There’s no denying it: Grace Jones is unlike anybody else. She was the first artist who made me feel that I could express myself, be whatever I wanted to be, and not be afraid of what the world might say. She is one of the few living artists who can truly be described as iconic, with a relentlessly individualistic vision. I am truly honoured that she will share it with us for Meltdown 2020.”

Details of the line-up are expected to be announced early next year. Meltdown is the longest-running artist-led festival in the world. Each year, an artist is selected to host the event’s next instalment.