Guy Garvey, lead singer of elbow, 6 Music DJ, presenter of BBC iPlayer’s Music Box with Guy Garvey and latterly solo artist, curates the 23rd Meltdown.
A long-term admirer of the event, with elbow having first been invited to perform at Meltdown by Massive Attack in 2008, Guy joins a pantheon of renowned festival directors including Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and, most recently, David Byrne.
‘Much like my work on TV and radio I see this as the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some amazing new talent while recognising and celebrating the artists that have had an influence on the new sounds of today. Beyond that I want my Meltdown to be a party where everyone feels invited and everyone leaves having had the best night out.’
As well as fronting elbow for 21 years, winning BRIT Awards, Ivor Novellos and the Mercury Prize along the way – not to mention an honorary degree from the University of Manchester and a lifetime achievement award from the Radio Academy – Guy has long been a champion of undiscovered artists. elbow have consistently used the special guest slot on their tours to introduce new bands from around the world, and Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on 6 Music has continued that tradition, attracting sizeable audiences keen to broaden their musical palette with emerging artists and overlooked gems.
Music Box with Guy Garvey, which launched in the summer of 2015, was the result of a personal crusade. Guy wanted to create a programme that focused on new musicians and the influences that were instrumental in their development – he lobbied the BBC for years before he was finally allowed to exploit their musical archives for the show.The 23rd Meltdown looks set to bring this remarkable energy and passion for music to the stages of Southbank Centre.
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