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David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival

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Issue 2467

The guest curator of this year’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre is music legend David Byrne.

He is best known for fronting new wave band Talking Heads. Their music refused to fit neatly into a single genre—as does this year’s festival line up. 

“It’s quite eclectic,” Byrne announces in the publicity. It ranges from flamenco to hip hop and punk.

Guatemalan artist Gaby Moreno, whose music blends soul and jazz, will appear. 

Byrne himself is set to play alongside Nigerian funk pioneer William Onyeabor. 

Rising singer songwriter Anna Calvi will be joined by a 12 piece choir. 

Alternatively try the drone metal of Sunn O))).

Meltdown also includes film showings with live music.

There will be a performance by Bianca Casady & the CIA.

Southbank Centre,
London SE1 8XX. 
17 August until 27 August


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