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Grace Jones announced as curator for Meltdown Festival 2020

06 November 2019, 11:13 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Grace Jones has been announced as the curator for next year's Meltdown Festival in London.

Following on from last year's Meltdown Festival curated by funk legend Nile Rodgers, Grace Jones has been confirmed as the curator for next year's festival that takes place at London's Southbank Centre.

Previous curators include The Cure's Robert Smith in 2018, and M.I.A. in 2017, and other years hosted by Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, and more.

Jones says of her curator role for next year's event, "I am honoured to be curating next year’s Meltdown festival. Year after year, the festival continues to spread its colourful wings, allowing its curators to bring together an array of diverse talent not seen anywhere else. It’s about time I was asked to curate Meltdown darling, don’t you think?!"

The festival will be hosted over nine days between Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Purcell Room. As well as live music, Meltdown Festival will see a mixture of art and free events.

Bengi Ünsal, the Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre adds, "Meltdown offers an unparalleled window into the minds of the greatest musical influencers of our age. There’s no denying it: Grace Jones is unlike anybody else. She was the first artist who made me feel that I could express myself, be whatever I wanted to be, and not be afraid of what the world might say. She is one of the few living artists who can truly be described as iconic, with a relentlessly individualistic vision. I am truly honoured that she will share it with us for Meltdown 2020."

Next year's Meltdown Festival takes place at London's Southbank Centre from 12-21 June 2020. Find out more.
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