Iconic cultural figures give insights into their tastes and influences at Southbank Centre's annual Meltdown festival.Since 1993 some of the world most distinguished musicians have been the guest directors of Meltdown have including David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, David Byrne and Guy Garvey.Be warned, it sells out fast - for your best chance to get tickets before they go on general sale... Become a Member

Meltdown has given seminal artists the chance to pick their favourite artists to play and exhibit their work at Southbank Centre. The New York Dolls reunited for Morrissey; Jeff Buckley played his final UK show at Elvis Costello's Meltdown; Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Pete Doherty sang Disney songs with Jarvis Cocker; Patti Smith performed Horses in full for her Meltdown.

This festival brings legendary artists to Southbank Centre for a very special week of one-off performances.

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meltdown stories

Watch Keaton Henson perform Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us?
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall

past meltdown festivals