The full music line-up for this year’s Jarvis Cocker curated Meltdown festival have been announced.
The shows kick off at the newly refurbished Southbank Centre on June 16 with Motorhead and Selfish Cunt at the Royal Festival Hall.
Other shows thoughout the eight day festival include Iggy Pop & The Stooges, the newly reformed Jesus & Mary Chain and art-rockers Devo.
Meltdown will culminate with a headline performance from the former Pulp frontman and now acclaimed soloist.
Jarvis will also make appearances at various shows throughout the festival, including at a night singing dark Hal Willner reworkings from the ‘vintage Disney songbook’ with special guests still to be announced.
Jarvis commented on his selections for the multi-arts festival by saying: “Culture should be a stimulant not a sedative. Hide beneath the duvet in your plasma screen, surround-sound, MP3-enabled crash pad if you like, but we will find you and we will wake you up. By combining things that shouldn’t be combined, by looking at things from a different angle, by the use of extreme volume and frequencies – BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY- we shall rouse you from your slumber. And, you’re going to love it.”
The modern-day cultural icon continues: “I am eternally grateful to all the artists who have agreed to contribute to this Meltdown. They’re a disparate bunch, but they have one thing in common: they will make you think. Together we can make a week that you will remember for the rest of your life. Is that alright for yuz?”
Highlights of Meltdown will include cult-songwriter Melanie’s first UK show in 30 years as well as guitar hero Rory Erickson’s first ever British show on June 18.
Erickson was singer, songwriter and guitar player for the legendary Austin band The 13th Floor Elevators – the first rock ‘n’ roll band to describe their music as ‘psychedelic.’
Also John Barry will be making a very rare live appearance at the Royal Festival Hall – accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra – he will play a chosen selection of his film scores. Jarvis will join him for the iconic score to Bond film “On Her Majesties Secret Service.”
The festival will see a diverse range of other events taking place, including film screenings, video installations, and daily art documentaries.
Southbank Centre members will be able to buy tickets from this Wednesday (May 2) at 9am. Tickets go on general sale from this Thursday.
The Southbank Centre’s dedicated Meltdown telephone line is:
0871 663 2520
The Meltdown shows confirmed so far are:
+ support Selfish Cunt
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (June 16)
+ support Mathew Sawyer & the Ghosts
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm (16)
Gonzales featuring Mocky
Purcell Room, 7.30pm (16)
Forest Of No Return
Hal Willner presents the Vintage Disney Songbook
Featuring Jarvis Cocker plus very special guests
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (17)
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm (17)
+ support Clinic
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (18)
+ support Chrome Hoof
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm (18)
Saint Etienne presents Turntable Cafe
Ballroom Floor, post show, non ticketed (18)
+ support Drumize (Scotch Egg Band)
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (19)
Forced Entertainment: Bloody Mess
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm (19)
Ballroom Floor, post show, non ticketed (19)
Iggy & the Stooges
+ support Scout Niblett
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (20)
Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm (20)
Jarvis in conversation with Don Letts
Purcell Room, 6.30pm (20)
Don Letts DJ Set
Ballroom Floor, post show, non ticketed (2)
John Barry & The London Philharmonic Orchestra
The cinematic works of John Barry chosen by Jarvis Cocker
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (21)
Cornershop / Jeffery Lewis & The Meteorites
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm (21)
The Jesus & Mary Chain
+ support 1990s
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (22)
Optimo DJ’s – the Glasgow based club to host /DJ
Ballroom Floor, post show non ticketed (22)
+ support The Valerie Project
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm (23)
Lost Ladies of Folk
Featuring Bonnie Dobson, Wendy Flower and Susan Christie
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm (23)