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Green Bar, Level 4
Two inspirational programmes based in the heart of Lambeth come together to explore the creative processes of music-making, following workshops le ...
The Clore Ballroom
ECCO is based in Kensal Rise, and introduces young string players to music from across the world.
White Room, Spirit Level
Music making workshops for carers and young children, with Early Years music specialist Michele Wolfson.
Blue Bar, Level 4
Become a member of the Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Going on a Journey
The OAE's popular series of events for the very youngest music-lovers returns to Southbank Centre.
A concert featuring current and past members of Tomorrow's Warriors.
The Front Room at QEH
A double bill of new and youthful line-ups that have emerged from the UK's hotbed of talent, Tomorrow's Warriors.
Central Bar Foyer
The amazing Year 10 Steel Pan Ensemble from Chestnut Grove School in Balham bring their mix of traditional and classical repertoire for steel drum ...
The Wyvil performers started learning to play the steel pans in September 2012 under the tuition of Anthony Facey.
Artistic Director Gary Crosby hosts a panel of past and present Warriors exploring the legacy and heritage of this amazing collective.
St Martin's-in-the-Fields High School for Girls has a rich history of gospel singing and currently runs four gospel choirs.
The inspiring In Harmony programmes across the UK presents a concert of their young performers.
Students from Chestnut Grove Steel Pans mentor and work alongside young steel pan players from Wyvil Primary School in an open rehearsal.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Children from In Harmony Nottingham and In Harmony Sage Gateshead present a short performance of music created during workshops led by animateur J ...
A presentation and performance by primary school children involved in Bromley Youth Music Trust's Band on the Run scheme, which delivers intensive ...
Pupils from Manorfield Primary School in Tower Hamlets join us for a day of singing workshops.
Big Phat Brass was formed in 2010 with players from the brass section of the Bromley Youth Concert Band.
Tower Bridge Primary School's Drum & Song ensemble is made up of exceptionally talented children aged eight to 11.
Our famous Real Food Market offers a range of fresh produce and a friendly atmosphere. Enjoy bread, cheese, coffee and cakes, as well as delicious ...
A 2-hour exploration of what the future could look like for European social action music education work inspired by Venezuela's legendary El Siste ...
Children from In Harmony programmes across the UK join together in a vocal workshop, led by Suzi Zumpe.
The Heathbrook School Orchestra started over 20 years ago and all children who play instruments are encouraged to join.
Level 5 Function Room
Members of Southbank Sinfonia bring chamber music rehearsals and coaching sessions to Nucleo, directed by David Corkhill
James Wharton, the UK's best-know gay soldier, headlines Polari, the LGBT literary salon
The London Wonderground
When 'Tubular Bells' was first performed live here at Southbank Centre in June 1973, it required more than 30 musicians.
Royal Festival Hall
To close the festival, Meltdown presents a unique performance of Double Fantasy - the last album to be written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono before ...
Following on from his very intimate performance at Antony's Meltdown, Boy George, universally recognised as one of our generation's most iconic ar ...
Yoko Ono's extraordinary performance piece features members of an orchestra who are wrapped in gauze as they perform.
Marianne Faithfull celebrates a remarkable 50-year career in the music business.
Taking direct inspiration from the instructions in Yoko Ono's books - Grapefruit and Acorn - be part of an instant public artwork.
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June
The second weekend features further events tackling politics and the environment with guests from around the world.
2005 Meltdown curator Patti Smith returns to Southbank Centre for a very intimate evening of poetry and music.
+ Verity Susman
Meltdown 2013 welcomes San Francisco noise band Deerhoof to Southbank Centre.
Catch the Southbank Centre debut of FutureAges, specially selected by Yoko Ono from an open call on Soundcloud to musicians wanting to play at the ...
Mashasha and Sam are two world-class musicians from Zimbabwe.
London-based Japanese punk band perform a free gig on The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall following the sold out Iggy & The Stooges show.
The omnipresent guitarist Earl Slick, whose most recent project was David Bowie's The Next Day, discusses his new book.
Iggy & The Stooges are back following their legendary show in 2007 at Jarvis Cocker’s Meltdown.
ft. Ikue Mori + Mystical Weapons
Body/Head, the experimental duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, are joined by legendary No Wave musician, Ikue Mori.
Thurston Moore comes to Meltdown, bringing with him a group of his favourite UK musicians for a night of improvised music.
Peaches Christ Superstar
Meltdown presents for the very first time in the UK Peaches Christ Superstar.
Meltdown is proud to present the only UK show this year from Oscar-nominated composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and German producer Alva Noto.
Experimental singer/producer Julianna Barwick brings her beautiful looping harmonies to Meltdown.
Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improvisor, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances
The talented, avant-pop violinist Amadéus Leopold arrives at Meltdown ahead of the release of his debut album and having gained fans including Mad ...
View the Hayward Gallery's latest exhibition away from the crowds and enjoy a private tour.
+ Viv Albertine
Due to high public demand, we're happy to announce an extra Siouxsie show.
Rapper and activist Immortal Technique comes to Meltdown following his sold out show at The Electric in Brixton, London last year.
Yoko Ono's famous performance piece is performed by Peaches.
The ever-popular headphone party that is Silent Disco provides the after-show entertainment each Saturday night at Meltdown
Yoko Ono's Meltdown marks the return of Siouxsie and her band - her first live outing for five years and the only UK show this year.
+ Woodpecker Wooliams
Japanese band Cibo Matto return to the UK for the first time in nearly 15 years for Yoko Ono's Meltdown.
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June
The first of two weekends of talks, debates, films and performances, with special guests Guerilla Girls, the laun ...
One of the most daring artists of our time, Meltdown curator Yoko Ono kicks off the festival with a rare performance by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band.
These musicians are the winners of the 2013 GIT Award, aka the 'Scouse Mercury'.
Katy Carr and her band the Aviators perform songs from her acclaimed 2012 album Paszport.
A conversation with the artist George Widener Widener employs a rich mix of numbers, calendars, numerology, historical data, population statistics ...
An opportunity to hear artist Paul Laffoley, whose practice has been defined as 'the conversion of mysticism into mechanics'.
presents Nek Chand Saini
Alternative Guide to the Universe explores the work of self-taught artists and architects, fringe physicists and visionary inventors, all of whom ...
Come and hear a free live recording of a new BBC 4 series.
Ex-music hall star Ida Barr sings her own brand of artificial hip-hop R'n'B these days.
Saxophone trio Partikel draw influence from African and Latin American music.
Gabrielle Ducomble brings her beguiling blend of Parisian-style jazz and tango to Southbank Centre.
+ Nick Mulvey
Lou Doillon may not carry her mother Jane Birkin's surname but she's clearly inherited her family's musical sensibility.
Join us at the launch event of a poetry publication featuring poems that were dropped from the sky onto London last year, with readings by some of ...
Circa are quite simply one of the world's great contemporary circus companies.
Hear finalists of the 2013 ROSL Annual Music Competition battle it out for first prize.
London: A History in Verse
A whistle-stop tour of six centuries of poetry about London.
Explore more about our roots, architecture and some memorable moments in our 60 year history on this guided tour.
Poems are peppering the site at Southbank Centre this summer with our London Lines project
The launch of a new novel, The Professor of Truth, loosely based on the Lockerbie bombing
The late-night cabaret show returns to London.
Cabaret's strangest, spangliest brother/sister duo return to the London Wonderground with their rock'n'roll band for one night only.
New poems to make you question your relationship with the capital – whether you're a lifelong Londoner or one who's just here for the day.
London Swing Dance Society presents a night of scintillating jazz, hot jive and cool swing featuring a live band, lindy hop class and vintage danc ...
JP Morgan Pavilion
Sylvain Tesson, France's 'most brilliant travel writer' (L'Express), put himself in isolation in a Siberian cabin for six months.
Shlomo is a world record-breaking human beatboxer, which means he can make all kinds of music using just his mouth and a microphone.
Blood, Beauty and the Borgias
Acclaimed novelist Sarah Dunant discusses blood, beauty, power, corruption, sex and poison with leading historian Lisa Jardine.
DJ Monski Mouse brings her high-energy smash-hit parents' and children's dance event for under-fives to the Spiegeltent
Rupert Everett, one of the leading actors of his generation, discusses his career and his best-selling memoirs.
Mark Boyle and Richard Glover
Mark Boyle has lived completely without money in England for over two and a half years.
Following their sell-out smash at the Edinburgh Fringe (garnering no fewer than seven five-star reviews), puppetry's Balkan bad boys Boris & S ...
In addition to our normal Real Food Market, you can find some of the most creative, quality-driven vendors offering great street food on the river ...
Our famous Real Food Market offers a range of fresh produce, including bread, cheese and cakes, as well as delicious street food from all around t ...
Members' Bar - level 6
A rare opportunity to learn about illustration from artists Kai and Sunny, who have worked with everyone from Alexander McQueen to author David Mi ...
Melvyn Bragg launches his new novel Grace and Mary at the London Literature Festival.
The world premiere of this silent-disco-cinematic-live-action extravaganza
Miss Behave's Social Club and Pleasure Aid is back by popular demand! Hilarious acts! Games! Prizes! Dirty blues disco! Welcome to the playground ...
Top Secret Comedy: For Your Eyes Only
A rare chance to become a member of the most secretive comedy club in the world at the HQ, a night of intrigue packed with the cream of exciting u ...
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof
The Nest Collective have rooted out some of the finest folk musicians in London for this event.
Join hundreds of choirs to mark the opening of our summer-long Festival of Neighbourhood