Category: Meltdown

NILE RODGERS interview – Evening Standard, 2 Aug 2019

You could accuse Nile Rodgers of being a name dropper, but given the circles in which he has moved for over four decades, I’m not sure he could hold a conversation any other way. From founding Chic, producing David Bowie and playing on Daft Punk’s biggest hit, the 66-year-old guitarist has got starry connections to spare, which makes him the… Read more →

LIFT TO EXPERIENCE, Royal Festival Hall Meltdown Festival – Evening Standard, 13 June 2016

The world has not obviously been clamouring for more Biblical, apocalyptic, Texan post-rock in the 15 years since Lift to Experience last shared a stage. But the trio’s reformation was still a noisy little coup for Guy Garvey on his first night of Meltdown festival curation. Singer-guitarist Josh T Pearson, bassist Josh Browning and drummer Andy Young finished before they’d… Read more →

MELTDOWN FESTIVAL: YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS, Royal Festival Hall – Evening Standard, 28 Aug 2015

Reuniting for sporadic gigs since 2007, Cardiff’s Young Marble Giants were always unlikely candidates for a lucrative nostalgia tour. The trio seemed shocked even to have made it as far as the Festival Hall, at the behest of this year’s Meltdown curator David Byrne. “Somebody pinch me,” said chief songwriter Stuart Moxham as he slipped onto the wide stage. His… Read more →

JAMES LAVELLE’S MELTDOWN: UNKLE, Royal Festival Hall – Evening Standard, 16 June 2014

The most anonymous curator in the Meltdown festival’s 21-year history was barely at his own gig. James Lavelle, picked to fill the giant shoes of past directors including David Bowie, Morrissey and Yoko Ono, was of cult interest in the Nineties, turning his Mo’Wax record label into something of a lifestyle brand and discovering the sampling skills of DJ Shadow.… Read more →

MARC ALMOND, Meltdown, Royal Festival Hall – Evening Standard, 10 Aug 2012

Introducing Marc Almond’s performance of his 1983 release Torment and Toreros, Antony Hegarty gave the impression that he would have been happy if the Meltdown festival he has curated had consisted of just this night. It is “the one record that changed my life for ever,” he said. Released under the Marc and the Mambas name, it stood out as… Read more →