The Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist's orchestral piece will be performed at James Lavelle's Meltdown festival
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist is hosting the European premiere of his orchestral piece, which is to be performed by 45 musicians at James Lavelle’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre. The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, Gemma Thompson of Savages, Romeo Stodart of the Magic Numbers and Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally will appear alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase as well as Seye from Damon Albarn’s backing band at the show.
The show takes place on June 20. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs musician plays guitar and conducts the work, which is made up of 41 acoustic and electric strings, as well as drums and synth. String arranger Gillian Rivers and a group of young players from the nearby Southbank Sinfonia will also take part.
Speaking to NME in the new issue of the magazine, which is out tomorrow (June 4) and available digitally, Zinner says that the reason the show had not yet been performed in the UK – it debuted in 2011 in New York – is because of logistics. “It’s a gargantuan project to organise,” he explained. He also speaks about working with Deap Vally on their second album in the piece at the Sonic Ranch studio in Texas, where Yeah Yeah Yeahs recorded their last album ‘Mosquito’. Zinner says the duo’s new album will not see a radical reinvention of their blues rock sound. “They’re great at it, why fuck with that?” he said.
The festival will take place from June 13-22 at London’s Southbank Centre. Chrissie Hynde will play her first five show in five years at the event and Neneh Cherry, ESG, Chrissie Hynde and Goldie will also appear at the Mo’ Wax founder’s festival. Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra wiill play the electronic musician’s 1995 album ‘Timeless’. Mark Lanegan’s only European date will take place as part of Meltdown, while DJ Harvey, Grandmaster Flash, James Holden, Rosie Lowe, Glass Animals, Trentemøller, Jeff Mills and A Guy Called Gerald will also perform and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme will play a solo acoustic set.
Additionally, Tom Vek will present the first London outing of his new collaboration with Olga Bell from Dirty Projectors, while Lavelle will reunite with DJ Shadow for a one-off DJ show at Fire in Vauxhall on June 14 – the first time they have DJed on the same bill since 1998. Lavelle’s UNKLE project will also play a one-off show at the Royal Festival Hall with a number of special guests.