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Morrissey unveils Meltdown line-up


Story: Jack Foley

THE Libertines, Nancy Sinatra and The Ordinary Boys are among the names to have been announced for this year’s Morrissey-curated Meltdown Festival, which takes place in June.

The annual event, which has previously been curated by David Bowie and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, always provides an excellent showcase for some of the emerging and less well-known acts on the world circuit, taking in music, film and literary events.

Morrissey’s line-up is no exception, with plenty of dates to look out for, taking place at the South Bank Centre, in London, between June 11 and 27.

Highlights include performances from Sparks, who will be playing two of their classic albums in full, the recently reformed New York Dolls, as well as sets from confirmed supporting players, The Libertines and The Ordinary Boys.

Never one to shirk out of the limelight, Morrissey, himself, will be playing three nights, during which he will have the opportunity to showcase his new material, including the forthcoming single, Irish Blood, English Heart.

Ticket prices vary and can be purchased from the South Bank Centre Box Office, on 08703 808 300, from 9am on Friday April 30.

Further acts will be announced in the coming weeks but, for now, the bill is as follows:

l Morrissey, Royal Festival Hall (June 11, 25 and 26)

l Sparks perform 'Kimono My House' and 'Lil' Beethoven', Royal Festival Hall (RFH) (June 12)

l We Are All In The Gutter: An Evening with Oscar Wilde. Directed by Neil Bartlett with special guests, Queen Elizabeth Hall (June 13)

l Loudon Wainwright III (support: Damien Dempsey), QEH (June 15)

l New York Rock n Roll: The Films of Bob Gruen. (New York Dolls film premiere), QEH, (June 16)

l An Audience with Alan Bennett, QEH (June 17)

l Ennio Marchetto, Purcell Room (June 17, 18 and 19)

l New York Dolls (support: James Maker with Noko 440), RFH (June 18)

l Jane Birkin Arabesque (support: Ari Up plays the music of The Slits / James Maker With Noko 440), RFH (June 19)

l Nancy Sinatra, RFH (June 20)

l Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, presented by Morrissey, QEH (June 23 and 24)

l Gorecki Symphony No. 3 and Arvo Part: Tabula Rasa: London Sinfonietta with the Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs, RFH (June 27)

l Special guests also include The Libertines, Ordinary Boys, Cockney Rejects and Linder (dates/venues to be confirmed)

A golden pass, allowing entry to all shows, except Ennio Marchetto, is available on 08701 633 899 from 2pm, Thursday, April 29.

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