And yes, we are having a meltdown.
Is it too early to start looking forward to festival season? Model, singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and all-round goddess, Grace Jones, has been announced as the curator of next year’s Meltdown Festival, and it’s fair to say we’re excited.
The Jamaican-American beauty will be in charge of selecting all of the artists on the line-up for the festival, which will take place at the Southbank Centre across July 12-21. This annual series of London gigs, the longest-running artist-curated music festival in town, reaches its 27th year in 2020.
It’s unlikely that we would trust such an unique and carefully curated line-up in the hands of many other 71-year-olds, but given that it is… well, Grace Jones, we can’t think of anyone with much better taste!
The music, film and fashion icon is one of the most recognised figures of contemporary culture, starting as one of the first black supermodels in the early 1970s, and her bold image made her a muse to artists and designers – ranging from Issey Miyake and Thierry Mugler, all the way to Andy Warhol.
Jones’ back catalogue features a string of acclaimed albums including Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm. Her fearless attitude of individuality and self-expression has had a remarkable influence on so many artists, from Björk to Lady Gaga. Though the star may be into the second decade of receiving her free bus pass, she continues to perform globally, captivating audiences with her superb talent, extravagant outfits and wild performances.
It’s fair to say she’s about as excited about helming Meltdown as we are to see it:
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There’s no word on who’ll be performing at Meltdown yet, but we can expect unique performances from global names, and one-off collaborations from artists who inspire, or have been inspired by, this international icon. Jones will have the creative freedom to bring who she likes to the line-up, and she is expected to reveal her choices early next year.
Having said that, this isn’t Jones’ first experience with Meltdown. In 2007, she curated an all-star line-up of Nick Cave, Shane MacGowan, Pete Doherty and Jarvis Cocker to sing Disney songs as part of the Cocker’s curation, which stood as the perfect embodiment of the festival’s reputation for delivering once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences. 😍 Last year, disco funk legend Nile Rodger was in charge, inviting acts such as Thundercat, KOKOROKO and Alfa Mist to take part in the festival.
“I am honoured to be curating next year’s Meltdown festival. Year after year, the festival continues to spread its colourful wings, allowing its curators to bring together an array of diverse talent not seen anywhere else. It’s about time I was asked to curate Meltdown darling, don’t you think?!”
Yes Grace, we do, and we can’t wait to see what a beautiful festival you create for us at Meltdown 2020. Calling all slaves to the rhythm, it’s time to pull up to the bumper baby!
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Also published on Medium.