Broken Bells, Rufus Wainwright for Richard Thompson’s Meltdown festival

Bill includes tribute to Wainwright's mum Kate McGarrigle

Broken Bells have announced that they are set to play at Richard Thompson‘s Meltdown festival in London this June.

The band, made up of producer Danger Mouse and The ShinsJames Mercer, will play the capital’s Southbank Centre on June 21.

Other performances on the bill, curated by Thompson, include a collaboration evening in tribute to folk singer Kate McGarrigle (June 12), who died in January.


Called a ‘Celebration of Kate McGarrigle’, the evening will see McGarrigle‘s children Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright plus Lisa Hannigan, Emmylou Harris, Anna McGarrigle, Jenni Muldaur, Beth Orton and Linda Ronstadt perform onstage together. Thompson will also appear alongside his son Teddy and former wife Linda.

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The line-up for this year’s Meltdown, which runs throughout June, is:

Broken Bells
Eliza Carthy
Martin Carthy
Clare and The Reasons
Codeine Velvet Club
Elvis Costello
Boris Grebenshikov
Lisa Hannigan
Neil Hannon
Emmylou Harris
John Etheridge
Fishermen’s Friends
Joe Henry
The Kominas
Bettye LaVette
Anna McGarrigle
Field Music
Paolo Nutini
Beth Orton
Judith Owen
Tom Robinson
Linda Ronstadt (TBC)
Harry Shearer
Martin Simpson
Emily Smith
Seasick Steve
Al Thawra
Danny Thompson
Kami Thompson
Teddy Thompson
Martha Wainwright
Loudon Wainwright III
Rufus Wainwright
Krystle Warren

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