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Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown 2007: Motorhead and Jesus & Mary Chain on bill

Jesus & Mary Chain

Story by Jack Foley

JARVIS Cocker has unveiled the line-up for this year’s Meltdown on London’s Southbank Centre between June 16 and 23, including performances by Motorhead and the newly reformed Jesus & Mary Chain (pictured).

The diverse bill ranges from rock gods Iggy & the Stooges and Motörhead, returning heroes The Jesus And Mary Chain, and the first ever UK performance by Roky Erickson.

Add to that art-rock legends Devo, the hypnotic intensity of SUNN O))), the sublime film music of John Barry, the life-affirming pop of Cornershop, and Hal Willner’s ode to the vintage Disney Songbook and you have something truly special.

Says Jarvis: “Culture should be a stimulant not a sedative. Hide beneath the duvet in your plasma screen, surround-sound, MP3-enabled crash pad if you like, but we will find you and we will wake you up.

“By combining things that shouldn’t be combined, by looking at things from a different angle, by the use of extreme volume and frequencies – by any means necessary – we shall rouse you from your slumber. And, you’re going to love it.

“I am eternally grateful to all the artists who have agreed to contribute to this Meltdown. They’re a disparate bunch, but they have one thing in common: they will make you think. Together we can make a week that you will remember for the rest of your life. Is that alright for yuz?”

The full line-up is…

Saturday, June 16
Motörhead + support Selfish Cunt
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £35, £30, £25

Melanie + support Mathew Sawyer & the Ghosts
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Tickets £22.50, £20

Gonzales featuring Mocky
Purcell Room, 7.30pm
Tickets £10

Northern Soul Night – tbc
Ballroom Floor, post-show
non ticketed

Sunday, June 17
Forest Of No Return
Hal Willner presents the Vintage Disney Songbook featuring Jarvis Cocker plus very special guests
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £27.50 / £22.50

KPM Allstars
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Tickets £18.50, £16

Monday, June 18
Roky Erickson + support Clinic
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £25, £20

SUNN O))) + support Chrome Hoof
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Tickets £15, £12.50

Saint Etienne presents Turntable Cafe
Ballroom Floor, post show
non ticketed

Tuesday, June 19
Devo + support DRUMIZE (SCOTCH EGG BAND)
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £45, £30

Forced Entertainment: Bloody Mess
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Tickets £17.50, £15

Matthew Glamorre
Ballroom Floor, post show
non ticketed

Wednesday, June 20
Iggy & the Stooges + support Scout Niblett
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £32.50, £30

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Tickets TBC

Jarvis in conversation with Don Letts
Purcell Room, 6.30pm
Tickets £5

Don Letts DJ Set
Ballroom Floor, post show
non ticketed

Thursday, June 21
John Barry & The London Philharmonic Orchestra
The cinematic works of John Barry chosen by Jarvis Cocker
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £55, £45, £35, £25

Cornershop / Jeffery Lewis & The Meteorites
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Tickets £15

Friday, June 22
The Jesus & Mary Chain + support 1990s
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £27.50, £22.50

Optimo DJ’s – the Glasgow based club to host /DJ
Ballroom Floor, post show
non ticketed

Saturday, June 23
Jarvis Cocker + support The Valerie Project
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £27.50, £22.50

Lost Ladies of Folk featuring Bonnie Dobson, Wendy Flower and Susan Christie
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm
Tickets £17.50, £15

Desperate Sound System and more to be announced
Ballroom Floor, post show
non ticketed

Advance tickets will go on sale to Southbank Centre members at 9am on Wednesday, May 2 and on general sale at 9am on Thursday, May 3. Meltdown number is: 0871 663 2520.

Programme updates will be posted on Southbank Centre website. The Observer is the Media Partner of Meltdown 2007.

Editor’s note: On Sunday, June 10 (10.45pm) Jarvis Cocker will be the subject of ITV1’s The South Bank Show.

Melvyn Bragg meets the charismatic former front man of Pulp to talk about songwriting, politics, his ambivalent attitude towards fame and what he likes about his new life in France.

The musician Scott Walker also gives a rare interview about Jarvis as a songwriter.

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