Grace Jones has been confirmed as the curator for Meltdown Festival 2020. The 27th edition of the event will again be held at London's Southbank Centre.
The legendary singer, songwriter and actress has worked in everything from industrial and reggae to new wave and post punk, having moved in circles with the likes of late Ibiza icon Tony Pike and New York artist Keith Haring. Suffice to say, she's well placed to select the acts at an event that prides itself on variety, vision and scope.
"Year after year, this 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?"
"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," said Bengi Ünsal, Head of Contemporary Music at Southbank Centre.
This will be the second time Jones has been involved in the showcase. She first appeared in 2007 as a performer, taking part in a choir singing Disney songs with Nick Cave, Shane MacGowan, Pete Doherty and Jarvis Cocker.
Previous curators have included M.I.A., David Byrne and Yoko Ono, with 2019's instalment overseen by Nile Rodgers, who unveiled long-awaited new music with his celebrated Chic outfit the last year.
The next edition of Meltdown Festival runs from 12th - 21st June 2020. Head to the Southbank Centre website for full details.