Meltdown 2008

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Meltdown is an annual festival held at the Southbank Centre in London, featuring a mix of music, art, performance and film. Each year the festival chooses an established music artist or act as director of the event and they pick the performers of their choosing. Previous Meltdown directors include: Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave and John Peel. The festival in 2008 was directed by Massive Attack from 14-22nd June, featuring the following groups / artists:

Massive Attack, Gong, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Reggae Acoustic Songbook, Princess Malachi, Elbow, Fleet Foxes, Vangelis, Stiff Little Fingers, Mark Stewart, The Maffia, Adrian Sherwood, The Shortwave Set, Martina Topley, Grace Jones, Dälek, The Cool Kids, Shape Of Broad Minds, Flying Lotus Bird, Gang Of Four, Tom Tom Club, Terry Callier, Aloe Blacc, Tunng, Leila, Saxon Sound System with Musclehead, Tippa Irie, Trevor Sax and Papa Levi, Silent Disco with guests DJs including Four Tet and Peaches.


From the Meltdown Festival website: "In 2008 one of the most influential groups of the past 20 years took control of Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival – the first time a band had done so in this prestigious festival’s 15 year history. Massive Attack’s era-defining music has provided the soundtrack for a generation. Their instinctive embrace of technology, groundbreaking use of live visuals and distinctly dystopian vision has had a pervasive influence on contemporary culture. The Meltdown programme for 2008 gave us a fascinating insight into the aesthetic, stylistic, thematic, political and musical influences that drives the band. Highlights included a very rare live appearance by mythic, proto-trance collective Gong; the first UK performance since 1980 by revered Japanese ‘technopop’ pioneers Yellow Magic Orchestra; the Reggae Acoustic Songbook, featuring unplugged performances by Johnny Clarke, Earl 16, Prince Malachai and Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy; live music from Mercury Music Award-winning band Elbow; peerless international diva Grace Jones and a unique performance by Heritage Orchestra of Vangelis’ majestic, glacial soundtrack to dystopian classic Blade Runner."


Meltdown Programme 2008



Massive Attack at Meltdown 06/08