David Byrne's Meltdown

David Byrne, the Oscar, Golden Globe, Obie and Drama Desk award-winning musician known for his eclectic collaborations, and as co-founder of seminal new wave band Talking Heads, curated the 22nd Meltdown. 

Byrne follows in the footsteps of previous directors that include Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono and Ray Davies.

As well as being the creative force behind Talking Heads, Byrne has forged a hugely successful solo career featuring eight albums that showcase his reputation for constant reinvention. His collaborators span the spectrum of popular music and include Brian Eno, St. Vincent, Morcheeba, Fatboy Slim, Paul Simon, Thievery Corporation, Arcade Fire and Anna Calvi.

In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist and composer, Byrne is a photographer, actor, artist and author – he has even penned an autobiographical explanation of musical form, How Music Works

I am beyond excited at how much of this has fallen into place. It’s quite eclectic and I hope there are some new discoveries for everyone – including me – in this edition of the festival.
David Byrne

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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

Free

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

Free

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

Free

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