Think Aloud podcast - Meltdown: backstage pass

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 14:07

Think Aloud is our new monthly podcast in which we meet with the people shaping arts and culture today, sharing their stories, thoughts and ideas. In this first episode Harriet Fitch Little, Think Aloud presenter, journalist and all-round arts enthusiast, goes behind the scenes the prestigious Meltdown festival, to find out what it takes to get 82 bands and performers onto six stages over the course of only ten days. This year, Meltdown celebrates its 25th anniversary, and tasked with curating this milestone edition of the festival was lead singer of The Cure, Robert Smith.

Harriet is joined in conversation by Bengi Unsal, Southbank Centre’s Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, and the festival’s producer, Rhodri Jones. They reveal the musical links between The Cure and contemporary cello, what it really means to ‘curate’ a festival - and why The Libertines almost didn't make it to the stage.

Meltdown: Backstage pass by Southbank Centre: Think Aloud

He is very curious, and because he's worked with a lot of musicians he has this huge amazing musical world. And he has been here at previous Meltdowns as an audience member, so he knows about the festival... It was an easy choice
Bengi Unsal on selecting Robert Smith as curator of Meltdown

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