Nile Rodgers to Curate 2019 Meltdown Festival


Rodgers stated it's "really a dream come true."

Three-time Grammy award winner Nile Rodgers introduced on Monday (Feb. 11) that he'll visitor curate this summer time’s Meltdown pageant in London’s Southbank Centre.

Rodgers is about to supply a “hand-picked line-up of show-stopping music, artwork and free occasions” for the annual Meltdown pageant, a days-long occasion that provides outstanding musicians the flexibility to e book acts and occasions at U.Ok.’s largest multi-venue arts heart all through the final 25 years.

“To have the ability to curate and produce 9 days of dwell music for the town of London, the U.Ok. and music fans visiting from all around the world is really a dream come true,” Rodgers stated in a press release.

The iconic guitarist gave an concept of what followers can anticipate from his lineup at Meltdown. “Anyone who is aware of my profession is aware of that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a task and you'll anticipate that to be mirrored within the performances we're planning,” he said. “It's all in regards to the groove and this August everybody in London shall be dancing to unbelievable dwell performances!"

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will take over Southbank Centre from Aug. three to 11 all through its phases, together with the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the rest of the 17-acre heart. Rodgers joins the ranks of earlier pageant curators reminiscent of David Bowie, Yoko Ono, M.I.A and The Cure.

Bengi Ünsal, the senior modern music programmer at Southbank Centre, stated in a press release that he's very excited to have the Chic frontman convey his skills to the world-famous stage.

"I'm thrilled and honoured to welcome Nile Rodgers to Southbank Centre this August for the 26th Meltdown pageant,” Ünsal said. “Meltdown is the longest-running artist curated pageant on the planet and for 25 years has been celebrating these on the frontiers of music. It's onerous to overstate the impression that this 12 months's curator has had each as a part of CHIC and as a solo producer on what we name standard music immediately. He is continually creating and collaborating, and I can't wait to see what he'll create throughout our venues. One factor's for sure: this would be the funkiest Meltdown but."

Rodgers’ decades-spanning profession has seen him collaborate with and produce a few of immediately’s most outstanding artists, together with Sam Smith, Disclosure and the late Avicii. He additionally appeared on 2014’s “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk’s hit single that includes Pharell Williams as co-writer.