The event takes place in London in June...

MORRISSEY has been appointed Artistic Director of MELTDOWN 2004.

Meltdown takes place annually and started life as a classical event. Each year a prominent or influential member the music world is approached to curate, and as time has progressed the festival has become more rock orientated.

This year’s festival will take place between June 11-27 on the South Bank Centre in London.

The star, who is to release his first album in seven years ‘You Are The Quarry’ on May 17, is the twelfth artist who has accepted the invitation organise Meltdown since 1993.

Previous directors include Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, David Bowie and John Peel.

Speaking about the event, the singer said: “For me, this is a privilege and I will rise to it. Curating Meltdown is a great opportunity for me to acknowledge some of the music and words that have excited me over the years. Some of you have Ipods, I have Meltdown.”

The line-up will be announced shortly.