The full, fully eclectic lineup is out for this year’s Meltdown Festival as curated by the ever-dynamic David Byrne. Highlights include Brian Eno; a screening of There Will Be Blood with live score accompaniment by the London Contemporary Orchestra; and Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor, an all-star band celebrating the music of the Nigerian funk pioneer, featuring Byrne himself.
The two-week extravaganza, hosted at London’s Southbank Centre, marks Meltdown’s 22nd year. Previous directors of this singular festival include Patti Smith, Ornette Coleman (may he rest in peace) and Elvis Costello. Byrne’s version, taking place 17-30 August, is a multimedia expression of his varied passions, from concerts by artists of all stripes, to large-scale art installations, to a workshop in flamenco dance and singing. While parts of the festival require tickets, there are also a number of free events, including a reading lounge at the Saison Poetry Library featuring 500 books from David Byrne’s personal collection.
Avid cyclist and author of 2010’s Bicycle Diaries, Byrne is also doing plenty to encourage attendees to bike to Meltdown. There will be a bicycle valet service for ticket-holders, as well as a “Bling ya Bike” workshop where participants’ bikes may be “cosmetically improved.”
Meltdown Festival will take place 17-30 August, 2015. Click here for tickets and more information. See David Byrne awkwardly introduce his iteration of the festival below, with the aid of a teleprompter and green screen.