Part of Grace Jones' Meltdown

** James Murphy is unable to join Despacio this weekend due to a family emergency. We send him all our best wishes. We're pleased to say that the party will go on as planned with David and Stephen Dewaele taking to the decks from 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday. **

A collaboration between James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records) and David and Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax), Despacio’s bespoke soundsystem envelops the crowd in amazing sound for a vinyl-only experience like no other.

The trio are behind the decks for two days at Meltdown festival, in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall. It's a much more intimate venue than usual, yet still surrounded by 50,000 watts of power.

Despacio is powered by McIntosh and Jordan Acoustics.

As founder and principal of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy has created four of the most acclaimed albums of the millennium – including the recent number one American Dream.

He is also founder of the DFA label, a producer and remixer, and as a DJ, has toured the globe headlining festivals and clubs the world over.

Brothers David and Stephen Dewaele are famous worldwide under their alias Soulwax.

Musical pioneers, they remixed their own album Any Minute Now into Nite Versions. In 2011 they tore up the rule book again with the creation and curation of Radio Soulwax as a live touring event, an app and an online radio station.

The best sound system in the world, and the greatest party you've ever been to
It's quite difficult to get across how amazing Despacio really is

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age restriction
For ages 18+ only.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

Event information
Please note that entry for ticket collection and wristband exchange is via Southbank Centre Square Doors only.

Last entry is at 1.30am and the event is due to finish at approximately 3.30am.
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ID and bag checks are in place on entry. We have a zero tolerance drugs policy across all of our venues at Southbank Centre.

Please note that smoke, haze, strobe and flashing light effects may be used during this performance.