Meltdown festival bill revealed

Jarvis Cocker curated event announced

Jarvis Cocker has announced some acts for his Meltdown festival this summer.

Iggy & the Stooges, Motorhead, The Jesus And Mary Chain and The 13th Floor Elevators are amongst the first additions to the event which takes place on the London South Bank between June 16-24.

Cocker told The Observer: “It’s pretty amazing to be able to programme a whole week like this, to get some of your heroes on and get to meet those people as well. Obviously it’s a slight ego trip for me. I’m very proud to be able to present it, but I don’t want it to just be all me, me, me; ‘This is what I like’. I really want to find ways of getting the audience as involved as I possibly can.


“Some of it is my favourite things, or things that have had a formative effect on me. At the moment I’m interested in quite loud things. Meltdown starts off with Motorhead, something people probably wouldn’t associate with me. The first concert I ever played with Pulp was in Rotherham in July 1980. We didn’t have many songs of our own so we covered a Motorhead cover version of a Motown song called ‘Leaving Here’.”

The full listings are:

Motörhead Royal Festival Hall (June 16)

Melanie Queen Elizabeth Hall (16)

Gonzales Purcell Room (16)

Northern Soul Night Ballroom Floor (16)


Forest Of No Return: Hal Willner presents the Vintage Disney Songbook

Featuring Jarvis Cocker plus very special guests Royal Festival Hall (17)

KPM Allstars Queen Elizabeth Hall (17)

Roky Erickson Royal Festival Hall (18)

SUNN O))) Queen Elizabeth Hall (18)

Saint Etienne presents Turntable Cafe Ballroom Floor (18)

Devo Royal Festival Hall (19)

Forced Entertainment: Bloody Mess Queen Elizabeth Hall (19)

Matthew Glamorre Ballroom Floor (19)

Iggy & the Stooges Royal Festival Hall (20)

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra Queen Elizabeth Hall (20)

Jarvis in conversation with Don Letts Purcell Room (20)

Don Letts DJ Set Ballroom Floor (20)

John Barry & The London Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Festival Hall (21)

Cornershop / Jeffery Lewis & The Meteorites Queen Elizabeth Hall (21)

The Jesus & Mary Chain Royal Festival Hall (22)

Optimo DJs Ballroom Floor (22)

Jarvis Cocker Royal Festival Hall (23)

Lost Ladies of Folk Queen Elizabeth Hall (23)

Desperate Sound System Ballroom Floor(23)

Tickets for Meltdown go on sale at 9am, this Thursday (May 3).

To check ticket availability and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS.