‘Iconic’ Grace Jones to curate Meltdown
This year’s guest curator for the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival is to be Grace Jones.
The controversial model, singer, songwriter, actor and producer will take charge of the longest-running artist-curated festival in the world for ten days in June, progamming across the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.
Predecessors have included David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Lee Scratch Perry, M.I.A, and Robert Smith, and Jones follows her former collaborator Nile Rodgers, who delivered Meltdown in 2019.
“Year after year, the festival continues to spread its colourful wings, allowing its curators to bring together an array of diverse talent not seen anywhere else” Jones said. “It’s about time I was asked to curate Meltdown darling, don’t you think?”
Bengi Ünsal, the Southbank’s head of contemporary music, added: “There’s no denying it: Grace Jones is unlike anybody else. She was the first artist who made me feel that I could express myself, be whatever I wanted to be, and not be afraid of what the world might say. She is one of the few living artists who can truly be described as iconic, with a relentlessly individualistic vision. I am truly honoured that she will share it with us for Meltdown 2020”.