Last week we brought you the line-up for this year’s Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre, and an interview with super-cool curator David Byrne in which he picked the bits of the programme that he’s most excited about. Tickets for the series go on sale tomorrow (Friday May 8) at 10am, so here’s a quick run-down of the events at Meltdown 2015 that we reckon will sell out fastest.
An all-star band including David Byrne sings the songs of cult Nigerian disco producer William Onyeabor. We can’t recommend this show highly enough.
Instead of playing the bigger Royal Festival Hall, double-Mercury-nominated London singer-songwriter Calvi is performing a special intimate show in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a 12-piece choir.
David Byrne loves a good brass band, and for Meltdown he’s booked one of the best out there: the eight Cohran brothers from Chicago. These guys are basically the Jacksons of brassy funk.
Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson’s droning doom metal project are a forbidding prospect, but they’ve got legions of fans and haven’t played in London for ages. Expect tickets to fly for this, which should be one of the most intense gigs at Meltdown.
Another David Byrne cameo: he’ll be singing and narrating in the London premiere of Young Jean Lee’s acclaimed musical theatre piece. If you loved ‘Here Lies Love’, don’t miss this.
Don’t believe us? Listen to David Byrne below instead:
Tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow – check out the full Meltdown line-up and book tickets.