Chic legend Nile Rodgers has been confirmed as the curator of the 2019 Meltdown Festival, bringing an eclectic line-up of artists to London’s Southbank Centre this summer. Following in the footsteps of The Cure‘s Robert Smith, David Bowie and M.I.A, Rodgers will take over the prestigious venue from 3-11 August.
Across nine days, the star will put together a line-up of music, art and free events that reflects the sounds of his own legendary career. Although the specific line-up is yet to arrive, Rodgers promised that fans can expect a string of “incredible live performances.”
“To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true,” said Rodgers.
“Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, Pop, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning. It’s all about the groove and this August everyone in London will be dancing to incredible live performances!”
Bengi Ünsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre, said: “I am thrilled and honoured to welcome Nile Rodgers to Southbank Centre this August for the 26th Meltdown festival. Meltdown is the longest-running artist curated festival in the world and for 25 years has been celebrating those at the frontiers of music.
“It’s hard to overstate the impact that this year’s curator has had both as part of CHIC and as a solo producer on what we call popular music today. He is constantly creating and collaborating, and I can’t wait to see what he will create across our venues. One thing’s for certain: this will be the funkiest Meltdown yet.”
The festival comes after Rodgers & Chic released It’s About Time in September 2018 – their first album in 25 years.