The line-up of artists and events for this summer's Meltdown Festival has been announced. The festival, curated by legendary folk-rock songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson, takes place at venues in London, beginning at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 11th June with Thompson's own Cabaret of Soul.
A vast range of events take place over the following five days including a tribute to the late, great Kate McGarrigle featuring Lisa Hannigan, Emmylou Harris, Anna McGarrigle, Linda Ronstadt, Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright amongst others (including Richard Thompson) on Saturday 12th June, also at the Royal Festival Hall.
Codeine Velvet Club
Other key dates to look out for are the Codeine Velvet Club at Queen Elizabeth Hall (12th June), Seasick Steve at the Royal Festival Hall (14th June) and Paolo Nutini, also at the Royal Festival Hall (15th June).
Legendary post-punk troubadour Elvis Costello plays the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 20th June with Kami Thompson whilst, three days prior, the Duckworth Lewis Method and The Leisure Society will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (17th June).
And that's only the half of it. Curator Richard Thompson is back in charge on Saturday 19th June at the Royal Festival Hall with a matinee performance of his 1000 Years of Popular Music followed by the Loud & Rich show in the evening where the man who wrote The Wall Of Death (from REM's 1994 Monster) joins Loudon Wainwright III on stage.
In addition to this embarrassment of riches, there are performances from Joe Henry, Raihan, Krystle Warren, Six Strings (John Etheridge, Martin Simpson and special guests), Field Music, the Villagers, Beausoleil, Ollabelle and Emily Smith, Broken Bells, Bettye LaVette, Taqwacore Punks (The Kominas, Al-Thawra, Fun-Da-Mental and Michael Muhammad Knight), Van Dyke Parks & Clare and The Reasons - all at either the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall or the Purcell Room at the QEH.
There's something for everybody in there, especially if you are one of those trying to avoid the football World Cup which takes place at the same time. As if that (and the aftermath of a general election) was not enough, there's even An Evening of Political Song on Thursday 17th June (Royal Festival Hall).
Tickets (from £15 - £40) are on sale now to Southbank Centre Members and available on general sale on Thursday 15th April at 10am.