Yoko Ono's Meltdown

Friday 14 June 2013 - Sunday 23 June 2013

In the 20th anniversary year of Meltdown, Yoko Ono curated a specially created series of events and unique collaborations.

Highlights included the long-awaited first show in five years from Siouxsie, the legendary Patti Smith and Iggy & The Stooges, as well as the first performance of the entire of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album.

There were also two weekends of talks and debates. Activism Weekend (15 and 16 June) featuring the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend (22 & 23 June) opened with Yoko Ono in conversation with Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Also at the festival, Peaches performed Yoko Ono’s seminal performance art piece, Cut Piece, therewere installations across the site and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to visit, running an intensive programme for groups of local young people on how to make music videos and reportage films.

As part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown our neighbours at the BFI (British Film Institute) also put together a selection of Yoko’s favourite films, including an exclusive screening of Battleship Potemkin with an introduction by the Pet Shop Boys, plus rarely seen films by John and Yoko.

You can catch up on many of the performances and talks from this year's Meltdown on Youtube and see photos on Flickr


Past Events

14 Jun 2013


Royal Festival Hall

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.

15 Jun 2013–16 Jun 2013

Activism Weekend

Purcell Room

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June The first of two weekends of talks, debates, films and performances, with special guests Guerilla Girls, the laun ...

16 Jun 2013

Immortal Technique

Royal Festival Hall

Rapper and activist Immortal Technique comes to Meltdown following his sold out show at The Electric in Brixton, London last year.