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Siouxsie Sioux and Boy George among Yoko Ono's Meltdown line-up

Yoko Ono's Meltdown

Story by Jack Foley

SIOUXSIE Sioux, Iggy and The Stooges and Boy George are among the acts confirmed for Yoko Ono’s Meltdown.

Ono is curating the event at London’s Southbank Centre from June 14-23, 2013, which marks both the 20th anniversary of the festival and her 80th birthday.

The widow of John Lennon will also perform with the Plastic Ono Band, while other acts include Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Marianne Faithfull and comedian Reggie Watts.

Ono will dip into her back catalogue to kick off the event, with the singer also launching an extensive film programme she has put together, including rare footage of her and Lennon.

She commented: “It’s not only a great honour to curate Meltdown in its 20th year, it’s also a lot of fun to be able to invite many of my favourite performers, activists and favourite collaborators to join me.”

One of the highlights of her selections will see the first live appearance from punk icon Siouxsie for five years on June 15. She will be followed on stage by the Southbank Centre debut of New York-based Peruvian hip-hop artist Immortal Technique.

The Royal Festival Hall will witness the old and the new on June 20 when Iggy and the Stooges are supported by hotly-tipped all-girl punk group Savages, while further hot tickets include 1960s singer Faithfull teaming up with leading jazz guitarist Bill Frisell as well as performances from Peaches and Patti Smith.

The full line-up has yet to be unveiled. But thus far, it reads as follows…

YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND
Friday, June 14
Royal Festival Hall

Siouxsie
Saturday, June 15
Royal Festival Hall

Cibo Matto
Saturday, June 15
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Immortal Technique
Sunday, June 16
Royal Festival Hall

Reggie Watts plus Mac Lethal
Tuesday, June 18
Royal Festival Hall

Amadeus Leopold
Tuesday, June 18
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto
Wednesday, June 19
Royal Festival Hall

Thurston Moore
Wednesday, June 19
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Iggy and The Stooges plus Savages
Thursday, June 20
Royal Festival Hall

Body/Head ft. Ikue Mori plus Mystical Weapons
Thursday, June 20
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Deerhoof
Friday, June 21
Queen Elizabeth Hall

An Evening of Words and Music with Patti Smith
Friday, June 21
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell
Saturday, June 22
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Boy George
Sunday, June 23
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Double Fantasy Live With Special Guests
John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s final album performed live
Sunday, June 23
Royal Festival Hall

Plus…
- Activism and the Future: Two weekends of debate, workshops, films and performance
- Yoko Ono curates a special film programme at BFI including rare films by John and Yoko
- Yoko Ono’s Sky Piece to Jesus Christ
- …and much more to be announced

Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members at 10am on Tuesday, April 9. They are on sale to everyone from 10am on Thursday, April 11, 2013.