KEEPING UP WITH THE SMITHS

The US punk icon gets some heavyweight help in London...

More names have been added to the swelling line-up for Patti Smith’s MELTDOWN FESTIVAL.

The annual season at London’s South Bank Centre will this year be curated by the punk icon to mark 30 years since the release of her seminal work ‘Horses’. Patti Smith performs the album in full on June 25 at the Royal Festival Hall.

Patti Smith’s peers Television play two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on June 20-21. Meanwhile, the punk reunion will also see former Voidods leader Richard Hell, who retired from music in 1984, reading from his new novel ‘Godlike’ on June 18.

Elsewhere, Tori Amos and Patti Smith join Patti Smith, Beth Orton, O’Sinead Connor, Joanna Newsom and Kristin Hersh on the ‘Songs Of Innocence: Protest Song and Lullabies’ line-up at the Royal Festival Hall on June 18.

That evening’s Jimi Hendrix-themed counterpoint, ‘Songs Of Experience’ will now feature Eels alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and John Frusciante.

The festival is opened on June 11 by The Brian Jonestown Massacre and [/a], while [a] play June 12, both at the QEH.

Tickets are available now via the South Bank Centre Box Office on 08703 808 300 or online at [url=]www.rfh.org.uk/meltdown.