Today London’s Southbank Centre have announced that the guest curator of this years Meltdown festival is none other than Funk legend and multi-talented maestro, Nile Rodgers. He’s produced, performed and written with more legends than my remaining word count can accommodate (Bowie, Madonna and Daft Punk to name a few) while turning out the hits with disco discoverers, CHIC. Add it all up and the man has 500 million album and 75 million single sales worldwide that he’s contributed to.
This August, Rodgers will be joining a list of 25 influential artists from the first, British composer George Benjamin, to last year’s, Robert Smith, who’ve all had their turn at curating the Meltdown festival which takes place right in the heart of London. By all accounts, he’s thrilled to join the list saying “To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true”.
The Southbank Centre are thrilled too with their Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, Bengi Ünsal, saying “I am thrilled and honoured to welcome Nile Rodgers to Southbank Centre this August for the 26th Meltdown festival. Meltdown is the longest-running artist-curated festival in the world and for 25 years has been celebrating those at the frontiers of music. It’s hard to overstate the impact that this year’s curator has had both as part of CHIC and as a solo producer on what we call popular music today. He is constantly creating and collaborating, and I can’t wait to see what he will create across our venues. One thing’s for certain: this will be the funkiest Meltdown yet.”
The festival runs between the 3rd and the 11th this August with tickets going on sale through the Southbank Centre’s website on April 11th.