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Meltdown 2005: Patti Smith line-up announced

Story: Jack Foley

FURTHER acts have been added to the line-up for Patti Smith's Meltdown, taking place across its venues from June 11-26, 2005, including performances by the legendary Brian Jonestown Massacre, as well as Eels.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre will be forever remembered as one of the most dynamic acts around following the acclaimed documentary DIG! (which pits them against the Dandy Warhols), while Eels have long been considered one of the great American bands of the moment.

Eclectic highlights already include: rebel alt-Country with STEVE EARLE; amp-bursting guitar glory from JEFF BECK plus FLEA and JOHN FRUSCIANTE of THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS in homage to JIMI HENDRIX; lullabies and protest songs in a nod to one of Britain’s most famous poets and visionaries, WILLIAM BLAKE, featuring BETH ORTON and SINEAD O’CONNOR; New York alt-rock godfathers TELEVISION; and innovative, uncompromising art with YOKO ONO.

2005 marks the 30th anniversary of Patti Smith's landmark album, Horses, a seminal recording that many believe changed rock music.

The Meltdown Director will perform the album in its entirety at the Royal Festival Hall on June 25, 2005.

While musical visionary, dark star of the Velvet Underground and producer of Horses, JOHN CALE, will be a very special guest for the evening, with a band that also features FLEA, members of Dutch anarcho-Punks, THE EX, and NICK FRANGLEN of LEMON JELLY.

Smith will also be pairing herself with fellow American firebrand, Steve Earle, the country rocker whose most recent album proclaims The Revolution Starts Now. The two of them will be sharing concerns about their nation’s political and social direction on Sunday, June 19.

Smith will be on hand to introduce and take part in most of the events, including her expansive homage to the work of Bertolt Brecht, one of the 20th century’s most influential men of the theatre.

For the concert at the RFH on June 23, which she has titled STAND BRAVELY BROTHERS, Smith has invited the LONDON SINFONIETTA (SBC’s resident contemporary music ensemble) and has so far confirmed MARC ALMOND, NEIL FINN, TIM FINN, DRESDEN DOLLS and man of the moment, Antony Hegarty of ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS.

The latter has also accepted Smith’s invitation to perform with his band at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on June 24, blending the most poignant lyrics with heartfelt delivery, following recent five-star reviews in the same space.

Another literary giant referenced by Smith as she assembles her fantasy festival is 18th century poet, visionary and artist William Blake.

For SONGS OF INNOCENCE at the RFH on June 18, Smith invites a range of diverse artists to come together to present lullabies and songs of protest.

Already confirmed are Beth Orton, Sinead O'Connor and Kristin Hersh, while Smith will perform her own musical interpretation of Blake’s poems about chimney sweeps.

For her SONGS OF EXPERIENCE at the RFH on June 26, Smith has conceived a night of celebration of the work of guitar genius Jimi Hendrix and the music that inspired him.

In addition to performance from Smith, confirmed so far is the legendary Jeff Beck, himself an inventor of techniques and sounds now common within the rock lexicon, as well as Flea and John Fruisciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This event will be the final performance in the Royal Festival Hall before that venue is closed for major refurbishment.

Tickets for these events go on sale on Thursday, May 5 at 9am from the South Bank Centre Box Office on 08703 808 300.

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The full line-up

Saturday, June 11:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre + Ed Harcourt play

Sunday June 12:

Friday, June 17:
RFH: Rachid Taha with special guest Patti Smith
QEH: Yoko Ono

Saturday, June 18:
Songs of Innocence Protest Songs and Lullabies Feat. Patti Smith, Sinead O'Connor, Beth Orton, Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses)
QEH: Billy Bragg
Purcell Room: An Evening with Richard Hell

Sunday, June 19:
Steve Earle & Patti Smith

Monday June 20 & 21:

Wednesday, June 22:
The Coral Sea Feat. Patti Smith, Cat Power and Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)

Thursday, June 23:
Stand Bravely Brothers A homage to Berthold Brecht Feat. Patti Smith, Marc Almond, Neil & Tim Finn, Antony & The Johnsons, Dresden Dolls, London Sinfonietta

Friday, June 24:
Antony & The Johnsons
RFH: UK-US Folk Connections featuring Lenny Kaye, Jonny Marr & The Healers, Roy Harper, Robyn Hitchcock and Bert Jansch (Royal Festival Hall)
RFH Ballroom: Tibetan Monks & Sacred Dances

Saturday, June 25:
Patti Smith performs Horses With special guest John Cale
QEH: Tinariwen

Sunday, June 26:
Songs Of Experience The work of Jimi Hendrix and the music that inspired him Feat. Patti Smith, Jeff Beck, Flea & John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and many more

RFH L2 Foyer (Dogleg Bay) An Exhibition of Patti Smith's photos

Many more events RFH to be announced

Tickets go onsale at 9am on Thursday, May 5
Box Office : 08703 808 300


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