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First acts for Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown 2019


The world Premiere of the Eurythmics Songbook, James Murphy and 2ManyDJs’ Despacio, Thundercat and a recreation of New York’s famous club Studio 54 will form part of Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

The 26th edition of the festival of contemporary music and culture will run from Saturday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 11th with further shows from Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Anitta, SOPHIE, Songhoy Blues, Alfa Mist, Durand Jones & The Indications, KOKOROKO and Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things.

Meltdown is the longest-running artist-curated festival in the world, this year curated by Grammy Award-winning producer, composer, guitarist, CHIC co-founder Nile Rodgers. Events include collaborations and worldwide one-offs.

Nile Rodgers said: “It’s an honour for me to step into the shoes of David Bowie, Patti Smith, Ornette Coleman, Robert Smith and so many more to curate nine nights of amazing music for the people of London on its glorious South Bank. This is my home from home and it’s given me so much love and this is my way of giving back. My prime motivation was to present incredible music from all walks of life that would make everybody dance.

“From CHIC to KOKOROKO and our special Studio 54 night to my boy David A. Stewart and the Eurythmics Songbook, Songhoy Blues, Despacio and the full incredible lineup, we are going to dance, dance, dance from 3 - 11 August.”

Bengi Unsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, Southbank Centre, said: “We are truly honoured to have the legendary Nile Rodgers taking the reigns of Meltdown this year, and thrilled to be able to make his dream a reality here at Southbank Centre. I’m so excited to share his lineup with the world! With new, legendary, diverse, experimental and international talent, it promises something to enjoy - and something to discover for everyone this summer.”

The festival opens on Saturday, August 3rd with Nile Rodgers & CHIC playing the Royal Festival Hall before a night of disco culture as Southbank Centre recreates Studio 54 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer featuring ‘Jellybean’ Benitez. Rodgers has also asked David A. Stewart to put together an all-star band and vocalists to perform Eurythmics Songbook - the greatest songs by one of his favourite bands on Friday, August 9th).

Further shows will come from Thundercat (Sunday, August 4th), KOKOROKO (Monday, August 5th), Anitta (Tuesday, August 6th), Durand Jones & The Indications (Tuesday, August 6th), Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein perform the Music Of Stranger Things (Wednesday August, 7th), Alfa Mist (Wednesday, August 7th), Despacio (Friday 9th & Saturday, august 10th), SOPHIE (Saturday, August 10th) and Songhoy Blues (Sunday, August 11th).

Tckets will go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Monday, May 13th and to the general public on Tuesday, May 14th. For tickets and details go to southbankcentre.co.uk.

Image by Britt Lloyd.

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