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Meltdown Festival: five must-see gigs

Posted at 1:01 pm, June 13, 2013 in Music & Nightlife

Whatever you think of Yoko Ono, you can’t deny that she has impeccable taste in music. She’s curating the Southbank Centre’s annual Meltdown Festival this year, and she’s picked some of the world’s best acts to headline shows. Some of them – including Iggy And The Stooges, Patti Smith and Siouxsie – are already sold out, but there are still some incredible Meltdown gigs with plenty of tickets still available. Don’t miss out on these…

Cibo Matto

Fans of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ take note: Buffy and Xander once slowdanced to this band at Sunnydale hangout The Bronze. Making their first UK appearance for 15 years, Cibo Matto are two eccentric Japanese women who create airy, trip-hoppy, brilliantly bonkers alt pop. Still not sold? Their name means ‘crazy food’ in Italian.

Silent Disco

You probably know the concept – rave in silence thanks to radio-linked headphones – but have you ever partied under the stars on the Thamesside terrace of the Royal Festival Hall? A brilliantly eclectic DJ line-up includes Peaches, designer Pam Hogg, Neneh Cherry (pictured) and Jonathan Ross. Get your silent disco tickets for just £9 here.


Porno-pop provocateur Peaches is all over Meltdown this year. As well as performing Yoko Ono’s ‘Cut Piece’ – in which the audience shreds the artist’s clothes – she’ll be cranking out her gloriously vulgar electroclash grooves live on stage. Get ready to fuck the pain away all over again.

Amadéus Leopold

Leopold is the only person ever to have performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto wearing denim cut-offs and a rainbow-flag cape. His dramatic stage presence, prodigious talent, flamboyant costumes and love of performance art and Madonna mean he’s not exactly your average fiddler.

Bo Ningen

The bad news: Iggy And The Stooges’ Meltdown show has sold out. The good news: show up later the same night and you can see psychedelic punks Bo Ningen, one of the best live bands in London, start a rock ’n’ roll riot worthy of Iggy himself. The even better news: it won’t cost you a penny.

For details of all of this year’s Meltdown events, check out our guide to the festival.

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