Patti Smith To Headline Meltdown Festival

Patti Smith will headline this summer’s Meltdown Festival at London’s South Bank Centre, which will run from June 11-26. The event will be highlighted by a complete performance of her acclaimed 1976 album “Horses” on June 25 at Royal Festival Hall, on a bill that will also feature the set’s producer, John Cale.

Smith will perform with several of the acts throughout the event, including Sinead O’Connor, Beth Orton and Kristin Hersh on June 18 under the billing “Songs of Innocence, Protest Songs and Lullabies.” She will also join My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields and Cat Power for a June 22 show at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (May 5) via the event’s official Web site.

The only other live activity on Smith’s schedule comes Sunday (May 1), when she will revisit New York’s CBGB, the club at the center of the ’70s punk explosion she led with the Ramones, Television and Blondie, among others.

Here is the Meltdown festival lineup:

June 17: Rachid Taha, Patti Smith (Royal Festival Hall); Yoko Ono (Queen Elizabeth Hall)

June 18: Patti Smith, Sinead O’Connor, Beth Orton, Kristin Hersh (RFH); Billy Bragg (QEH)

June 19: Steve Earle and Patti Smith (RFH)

June 22: Patti Smith, Cat Power, Kevin Shields (QEH)

June 23: Bertolt Brecht tribute with Patti Smith, Marc Almond, Neil and Tim Finn, Antony & the Johnsons, Dresden Dolls, London Sinfonietta (RFH)

June 24: Antony & the Johnsons (QEH)

June 25: “Horses” performance with Patti Smith and John Cale (RFH)

June 26: Jimi Hendrix tribute with Patti Smith, Jeff Beck, Flea, John Frusciante (RFH)


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