We were already totally stoked (as the kids say) about this year’s Meltdown festival, curated by former Talking Head, prolific artist and good egg David Byrne. Today the next wave of the line-up is revealed, and we’ve got an exclusive look at some of the nifty additions to the bill. Stand by for apes, bikes and Eno – here are six extra reasons to head down to Meltdown.
1. Mr Byrne wants you to borrow his books.
The Meltdown curator is lending his huge collection of 500 music-related books to Southbank Centre’s Saison Poetry Library.
2. The music line-up just got even better.
The bill now includes Guatemalan soul star Gaby Moreno and slinky Afro-pop singer Sinkane.
3. There are some cool film events.
Jonny Greenwood and London Contemporary Orchestra accompany ‘There Will Be Blood’, the BBC Concert Orchestra soundtrack ‘Planet of the Apes’ and director Sam Green presents his ‘live documentary’ ‘The Measure of All Things’.
4. You can sing with stars.
Petra Haden is the queen of acapella, so the fact that she’s leading a free singing class fills us with joy. So does a riverside busking sesh with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble: all musicians welcome.
5. Brian Eno is involved.
The ambient wizard has made a new sound installation that’ll run throughout the festival on level five of the Royal Festival Hall.
6. Cyclists will be VIPs.
Two-wheeled Meltdown guests will be able to spruce up their steeds at Bling Your Bike sessions. Anyone arriving at the festival by bike will also be able to park on special stands designed by David Byrne or entrust their rides to a bicycle valet, so there’s no need to worry about cycle killers (fa-fa-fa-faa…). James Manning
Here’s the full line-up for David Byrne’s Meltdown, which is at Southbank Centre between August 17 and 30.