Meltdown Festival 2013, with Yoko Ono and guests – Art for arts sake with thrills and surprises. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Meltdown festival in London. The festival is unusual in the way that it is the celebrities and artists who choose the line up.
This year Yoko Ono is to decide the Meltdown Festival 2013 line up, and will be performing herself with the Plastic Ono band. Previous master of ceremonies at this highly anticipated event, have been David Bowie, Ray Davies, Jarvis Cocker and Patti Smith.
The multi-venue Meltdown festival 2013 is to take place on June 14 – 23, 2013, and the performances will be held in the Queen Elizabeth hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The South Bank Centre could be considered as the head quarters of the Meltdown Festival and it is from here that you buy your tickets.
Part of the beauty of this particular event is that you can make the festival what you want it to be and buy only the tickets for the artists that you really want to see.
Offbeat experiences at the Meltdown festival
Jeff Buckley performed his last ever UK gig at the Meltdown Festival before he sadly passed on. The New York Dolls re-united to play at Meltdown, as did the Cocteau Twins after a fifteen- year absence from the music scene. Nick Cave, Grace Jones, and Pete Doherty sang Disney songs one year with Jarvis Cocker.
Yoko’s first wave of artists
Yoko certainly seems to be hitting the mark as an festival MC, as Siouxsie, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Boy George, Marianne Faithfull and Patti Smith are all confirmed to play. Yoko herself will curate an evening of films, some made by herself and John Lennon.
Hidden behind the many legendary performances at the Meltdown is an underlying theme and this year Yoko Ono will be dedicating the event to environmentalism, feminism and peace.
This year’s Meltdown Festival marks its 20th anniversary and there certainly promises to ten days of ‘not to be missed’ performances. You may well expect many of the artists to try new things, which may never be repeated, and that’s how it should be, art for arts sake with thrills and surprises.