IT'S GREAT WHEN YOU CURATE!

The former curators of the Meltdown Festival are approached to take part in the London Royal Festival Hall 50th anniversary celebrations...

JOHN PEEL, SCOTT WALKER, NICK CAVE and ELVIS COSTELLO are among the previous curators of the MELTDOWN FESTIVAL approached to take part in a special concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LONDON ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, NME.COM can reveal.

The Royal Festival Hall will be 50 years old in May 2001, and to mark the occasion the venue will host a series of special concerts and events. Although details are currently still sketchy, part of the series will be a concert "involving all the previous Meltdown directors".

A spokesperson for the Festival Hall told NME.COM that although "nothing is finalised at this stage", that "all the curators have agreed in principle to do something and everybody's ready to go".

Meltdown takes place annually at the Festival Hall, and started life as a classical event. Each year a prominent or influential member the music world is approached to curate the event, and as time has progressed, the festival has become more rock-oriented. Last year saw performances from Radiohead and Blur at the festival, which was curated by Scott Walker.

Other events to celebrate the 50th anniversary include a weekend of South African music, an organ recital, and on May 3, the actual birthday, a Gala concert to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Grade I listed building.

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