Massive Attack today announced the line up for this year’s South Bank based Meltdown Festival. The Bristol trip-hop legends curate the festival running between 14 and 22 June. The festival each year give’s the chance for an established act to take over the entire South Bank site, totalling arond 21 acres, and present an arts festival taking in a range of media; music, art, film and performance. Previous curators in the festival’s 15 year history have included David Bowie, Morrissey, Elvis Costello, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Nick Cave.
Massive Attack have unveiled a line up that digs into their influences as well as promoting contemporaries. The highlights for me are two performances from the group themselves, on the opening and closing nights of the festival. Elsewhere, a double header of Gang of Four and Tom Tom Club is mouthwatering, as are sets by relative newcomers Elbow and Tunng. It is a diverse listing, featuring many genres that impact on Massive Attack’s work: punk, disco, cinematic soundtrack, reggae, hip hop and indie. Perhaps surprisingly, there are none of the rumoured performances from collaborators Liz Fraser’s Cocteau Twins, nor Tricky. Other vocalists such as Terry Callier and the incomparable Horace Andy appear on the bill, and will presumably line up with the curators for their shows.
The full line up (musically) is as follows:
14th June – Massive Attack / Gong
15th June – Yellow Magic Orchestra / Reggae Acoustic Songbook ft Horace Andy
16th June – Elbow & Fleet Foxes
17th June – Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack performed by Heritage Orchestra
18th June – Stiff Little Fingers / The Shortwave Set & Martina Topley Bird
19th June – Grace Jones / Future Sound Of Hip Hop ft Dalek & Cool Kids
20th June – Gang of Four & Tom Tom Club / Terry Callier & Aloe Blacc
21st June – Tunng & Leila
22nd June – Massive Attack / Saxon Sound System