Grace Jones was due to curate the 2020 Meltdown Festival event at London's Southbank Centre, and had already announced the likes of Solange, Peaches, Jimmy Cliff, The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra, Skunk Anansie, Baaba Maal, Lee Scratch Perry with Adrian Sherwood, and more as performers.
The festival was due to take place across nine days between Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Purcell Room. As well as live music, Meltdown Festival hosts a mixture of art and free events.
Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the closure of Southbank Centre, this year's festival that was expected to take place from 12-21 June has been cancelled until next year.
We’re sad to announce that Grace Jones' Meltdown festival will not take place this year as we’re currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis. However we’re really pleased to tell you that we've rescheduled this year’s festival for June 2021. All ticket holders will be emailed. pic.twitter.com/O3w4azFHMc— Meltdown Festival (@meltdownfest) April 6, 2020
Meltdown Festival 2021 will still be curated by Grace Jones. She says, "Regretfully my Meltdown festival this year must be rescheduled to June 2021 due to the coronavirus. I am gravely disappointed, but also delighted to be working with the amazing Southbank Centre team who have been able to successfully move the festival dates, along with all of our incredible lineup. Stay safe, stay home and see you next year!"