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Richard Thompson is 2010 Meltdown Festival director

Richard Thompson

Story by Jack Foley

RICHARD Thompson has been announced as Director of the 2010 Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 guitarists of all time and the recipient of both an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting and the 2006 BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Thompson first emerged in 1967 as a founding member of British folk-rock innovators Fairport Convention.

He then carved out an extremely successful solo career and established himself as one of the leading singer-songwriters of his generation.

Over his career he has collaborated with Linda and Teddy Thompson, Nick Drake, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Loudon Wainwright III, David Byrne and director Werner Herzog amongst others.

He follows in the footsteps of past Meltdown directors Ornette Coleman, David Bowie, Morrissey and other luminaries, curating a festival that will take place across the 21-acre Southbank Centre site and reflecting the diversity of his career and enduring influence.

Richard Thompson’s Meltdown takes place in June and the full line-up will be announced shortly.