Sounds, hopes and dreams with pg.lost and Jo Quail

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:58

Ahead of Robert Smith’s Meltdown - a ten day festival of music and more curated by The Cure frontman - here at Southbank Centre, we’ve been getting to know some of the acts on the frankly vast bill.

To do so, we asked a number of bands and performers to tell us what they’re listening to, what they’re looking forward to about Meltdown, and, if they were to curate the festival, who would be the first act they’d add to the bill?

Here, offering their answers are Mattias Bhatt, guitarist with Swedish instrumentalists pg.lost, and cellist and composer Jo Quail.

Mattias Bhatt, pg.lost

Swedish experimental instrumentalists pg.lost are a band of many directions. Their hybrid soundscapes are full of great melancholy, but there is also a healthy dose of crushing rock ‘n’ roll. Guitarist Mattias Bhatt (pictured, far right) tells us how he’s looking forward to being a part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Bohren & Der Club Of Gore and also my local Swedish favourites Edge of Sanity.

What are you looking forward to most about playing at Meltdown?

I’m looking forward to being part of an awesome list of bands and hopefully I’ll get the chance to see a few of them lay. I’m also looking forward to supporting my all-time favourites Deftones, and to having our own intimate headline show in Purcell Room. It’ll be a special one!

If you were the curator of Meltdown, who is the first act you'd add on to your bill, and why?

Iron Maiden because they’re always going to be the headliners of headliners. I’ve seen them seven times and they’ve never let me down.

pg.lost play their own intimate gig at Robert Smith’s Meltdown on Thursday 21 June, with support from Thought Forms.

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Cellist and composer Jo Quail

Jo Quail

Jo Quail is an internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist from London who is equally at home on stage solo or in collaboration. Jo is no stranger to our stages, but as she explains, Meltdown will be a very different prospect to her last performance here.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

I am listening to The Serpent by Myrkur literally right at this moment, but this morning my daughter and I had a breakfast festival of Golden Earring in the kitchen.

What are you looking forward to most about playing at Meltdown?

Meeting the two bands I am supporting, Low and Mono, and hearing and seeing them play. And playing this beautiful hall. I played here millions of years ago with the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra on a few occasions, but I've not been back since so I cannot wait to meet this stage.

If you were the curator of Meltdown, who is the first act you'd add on to your bill, and why?

I'd bring Mylene Farmer as I would love to see her perform a concert.

Jo Quail plays Robert Smith’s Meltdown as support for Low and Mono on Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 June respectively.

Mono at Meltdown  Low at Meltdown

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