Monday, 8 April 2013

Yoko melts

"Yoko Ono is a fascinating artist, as are the collaborators she is bringing from all over the world.

"She's an energetic and inspiring peace and environmental activist and a champion for women's rights. It's a privilege to have her curating Meltdown's 20th anniversary."
- Jude Kelly, artistic director at Southbank Centre

One of the highlights of this year's Meltdown Festival will be the first live appearance of punk icon Siouxsie for five years.

The Royal Festival Hall will witness the old and the new on 20 June when Iggy and the Stooges are supported by hotly tipped all-girl punk group Savages, while Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon will be performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with her latest incarnation Body/Head.

Elsewhere, 1960s singer Marianne Faithfull will team up with leading jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, while there will also be performances from Peaches, Patti Smith, Boy George and comedian Reggie Watts, with the full line-up yet to be confirmed.

Ono will bring down the curtain on the festival by joining a group of special guests for the first live performance of Double Fantasy - the last album recorded by her and Lennon, which was released just three weeks before the former Beatle's death in 1980.

I only wish I could afford tickets for all of it...

Read the whole article on the BBC

Yoko Ono's Meltdown is at the Southbank Centre from 14th - 23rd June 2013. Tickets go on sale to Southbank members tomorrow (9th April).

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