David Byrne to become BBC 6 Music DJ as part of weekend of shows devoted to him

Former Talking Heads singer's playlist includes Hot Chip and Dirty Projectors

David Byrne is to become a DJ on BBC Radio 6 Music for the first time, as part of a weekend of shows on the station celebrating his career.

The shows coincide with Byrne curating Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre in August. He will co-present Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show from the festival on August 21 from 10am, before making his debut as a DJ for the station with a two-hour show from 4pm on August 23.

Byrne’s show will include Hot Chip’s track ‘One Life Stand’, plus songs by William Onyeabor, Dirty Projectors and Spanish flamenco musician Enrique Morente. The weekend also features a three-hour interview with Byrne by Gilles Peterson on August 22 from 3pm.

Byrne said of the news: “I’m curating this show for 6 Music, I’m curating Meltdown. Curating is maybe an obnoxious word, it’s overused, or we think it’s overused. But there’s a certain truth to it, and the question is am I better than an algorithm or am I not? My place is to maybe give you some things you like and then some things that may surprise you and you’ve never heard before.

“It’s a lot of fun when you do these kind of things. You can introduce music and people will give you the benefit of the doubt and give it a listen, which is a little bit of what’s it’s about.”

The third show about Byrne over the weekend sees Stuart Maconie present a special of his ‘Freak Zone’ show devoted to Byrne and Brian Eno’s 1981 album ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ from 8pm on August 23.

Laverne said of the pair’s joint show: “What a privilege to have the great David Byrne co-present my 6 Music show. As he is curating Meltdown, who better to convey to our audience the meaning behind the line-up of talent and performances this year?”

Byrne’s Meltdown Festival runs at various venues in the Southbank Centre from August 17-30. It features gigs by Anna Calvi, Sunn O))), Psapp, Eliza McCarthy, Francois And The Atlas Mountains, Sinkane and Petra Haden. On August 19, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will perform a live score of the Coen Brothers’ film ‘There Will Be Blood’ with The London Contemporary Orchestra.