Anna Calvi, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth and more to play David Byrne’s Meltdown festival

The gig series will take place at London's Southbank throughout August

The first acts have been named for this year’s David Byrne-curated Meltdown Festival in London.

The annual event series is overseen by one figure each year and will celebrate its 22nd edition in the company of Talking Heads musician Byrne, with the likes of Anna Calvi, David Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors) and Sunn O))) announced. They will be joined by Matthew Herbert, Lonnie Holley, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, Zun Zun Egui, Young Marble Giants and more.

Meltdown 2015 takes place between August 17-28. The 2014 Meltdown was curated by James Lavelle while previous years have seen Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie and Yoko Ono involved.


See a announcement video and the full list of events below:

Estrella Morente – Royal Festival Hall (August 17)
Bianca Casady & The CIA – Queen Elizabeth Hall (17, 18)
Sunn O))) + Phurpa – Royal Festival Hall (18)
Psapp – Queen Elizabeth Hall (19)
Atomic Bomb – Royal Festival Hall (20)
Maria Rodés – Purcell Room (20)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Queen Elizabeth Hall (20)
Benjamin Clementine – Queen Elizabeth Hall (21)
Petra Haden – Purcell Room (21)
Carmen Consoli – Royal Festival Hall (21)
Anna Calvi – Queen Elizabeth Hall (22)
John Luther Adams: Across A Distance – Southbank Centre (23)
Matthew Herbert – Queen Elizabeth Hall (23)
Lonnie Holley – Queen Elizabeth Hall (24)
David Longstreth + Gabi – Royal Festival Hall (25)
Francois & The Atlas Mountains + Zun Zun Egui – Queen Elizabeth Hall (25)
Young Marble Giants – Royal Festival Hall (27)
Gob Squad: Western Society – Purcell Room (27)
Young Jean Lee: We’re Gonna Die – Queen Elizabeth Hall (30)

Following his time in Talking Heads, Byrne has enjoyed a succesful solo career and worked with Brian Eno, St Vincent, Morcheeba, Fatboy Slim, Paul Simon, Arcade Fire and Anna Calvi as well as dabbling in photographry, acting, and writing —most recently authoring his autobiographical explanation of music How Music Works.

Speaking about his involvement in Meltdown, Byrne said: “This is going to be exciting! I plan to invite performers I’ve seen – and I do get out – and others I’ve missed or have dreamed of seeing. It’s going to be a bit of fun puzzle-solving I imagine – seeing who’s interested, who is available and what venues at Southbank Centre are appropriate. I really hope to find things that take this beyond sit-down concerts as well – but of course I’m speaking way too early as I’m still working on my wish list. Hoping that I get to stay in the Room For London, on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof, for the whole time, but suspect that might expecting too much.”

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