Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2014, 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  featuring the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend 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.

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Folk & World
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:59
Yep, change your life. Here's your guide to what promises to be an unforgettable 10 days
Electronic
Rock & Pop
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:39
Soulwax and grime superstar Giggs are among the newly added acts
Urban
Gigs
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 17:18
Dive into M.I.A.'s Meltdown with our playlist, featuring tracks from all the names taking the stage
Electronic
Rock & Pop
Mon, 02/06/2017 - 17:52
Rapper, producer, director and visual artist M.I.A. will curate the 24th Meltdown festival in 2017
Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:10
Guy Garvey’s Meltdown festival 2016
Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:48
A highlight of David Byrne's Meltdown in 2015, Atomic Bomb!
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch Cibo Matto's entire set
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch Keaton Henson perform Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us?
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination

9 Jun 2017

Gigs
Electronic
7:30 pm, 9 Jun 2017
The award-winning trio test our building’s structure with a show especially created for Meltdown

10 Jun 2017

Man conducting drum line

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Gigs
Folk & World
2:00 pm, 10 Jun 2017
Get in the carnival spirit with a day of free music and dancing
Gigs
Electronic
9:30 pm, 10 Jun 2017
Dance music maestros Soulwax bring their incredible energy to Meltdown

Free

Gigs
Urban
10:30 pm, 10 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
Rapper Afrikan Boy takes centre stage for a late night Meltdown party

11 Jun 2017

crowd and singer outdoors

Free

Gigs
Urban
1:00 pm, 11 Jun 2017
Join London's top DJs pumping out tunes in a free day-long party
Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 11 Jun 2017
Get ready for African sounds and danceable beats as French rapper MHD plays a one-off show for Meltdown

12 Jun 2017

Leonard Cohen at the Arena in Geneva

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Gigs
Folk & World
6:30 pm, 12 Jun 2017
Are songwriters the true poets of our age?
Gigs
Urban
8:00 pm, 12 Jun 2017
South London’s Giggs brings creative wordplay to his grime and hip-hop set at Meltdown

14 Jun 2017

Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 14 Jun 2017
Atmospheric and alternative hip-hop hit Meltdown with Swedish rapper Yung Lean
Man singing on stage

Free

Gigs
Urban
9:30 pm, 14 Jun 2017
Live our your rap fantasy with the UK's original Hip-Hop Karaoke

15 Jun 2017

Gigs
Folk & World
7:30 pm, 15 Jun 2017
Jamaica’s Dexta Daps and I Wayne bring reggae and dancehall to Meltdown

16 Jun 2017

Gigs
Electronic
8:00 pm, 16 Jun 2017
Get ready for lo-res electronic noise and pop hooks with Crystal Castles
Gigs
Urban
10:00 pm, 16 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
Atlanta and London underground music culture melds in a two-hour rave with Awful Records

17 Jun 2017

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Gigs
Folk & World
1:00 pm, 17 Jun 2017
Come along for a day of outdoor entertainment from the UK's South Asian communities
Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 17 Jun 2017
See Brooklyn rapper Young M.A. and Vancouver’s Tommy Genesis in a double-bill night of undeniable hip-hop
Gigs
Electronic
10:30 pm, 17 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Positive party vibes and riot grrrl rap await with queer pioneers Mykki Blanco and JD Samson

18 Jun 2017

Man reading at microphone

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
2:00 pm, 18 Jun 2017
Enjoy bands with stories from around the world as we enjoy Refugee Week
Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 18 Jun 2017
Meltdown curator M.I.A. closes the festival with a special Royal Festival Hall performance