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A Summer Meltdown with a reggae legend


By: Jack Foley

ONE of the coolest live events of the summer in the capital has to be the Meltdown series, at the Royal Festival Hall, fronted this year by the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

Featuring a heady mix of the known and the obscure, this year's Meltdown looks set to become one of June's hottest tickets, featuring the likes of Macy Gray, David Holmes and the Fun Lovin' Criminals among the enticing line-up.

Taking place from Sunday, June 8, until Monday, June 30, the tickets went on sale this week (May 1) and early booking is strongly advised.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry started out in the '60s as an arranger and engineer for Coxsone's Studio One, and has since become the foremost avant-reggae producer in the world.

His hard bumpity groove and use of African rhythms drew the absolute best from the best musicians of the classic mid- '70s, from the Wailers to the Heptones to Max Romeo and, of course, Bob Marley.

Though he has faded from the scene with the passage of time, he remains a hugely influential reggae master, and has enjoyed collaborations with The Beastie Boys (at a concert for Tibetan freedom) and the Mad Professor.

It is little wonder, therefore, that he has managed to amass such a wide cross-section of acts for his Meltdown. See opposite for dates and details....

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 - ALPHA BLONDY
SUPPORT: KINGPIN
RFH 7.30PM

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 - PUBLIC ENEMY
SUPPORT: DJ SET FROM LORD ASWOOD
RFH 8PM

WED, JUNE 11 - TORTOISE
WITH GUEST MIXERS LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY AND MAD PROFESSOR
RFH 7.30PM

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 - SLY & ROBBIE AND MICHAEL ROSE
SUPPORT: LIVE SET FROM HOWIE B
RFH 8PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 - THE SONGS OF BOB MARLEY & LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY - FEATURING SLY & ROBBIE AND MICHAEL ROSE
WITH GUEST VOCALISTS LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY, SKIN, NEVILLE STAPLES, RANKIN ROGER AND MANY MORE
RFH 8PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 - DUB POETRY EXPLOSION: MUTABARUKA, PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
QEH 7.45PM

MONDAY, JUNE 16 - TRICKY PLUS SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY
SUPPORT: MAD PROFESSOR
RFH 7.30PM

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 - MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD
SUPPORT: SUN RA ARKESTRA AND DJ SPOOKY
RFH 8PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 - LINTON KWESI JOHNSON AND THE DENNIS BOVELL DUB BAND
QEH 7.45PM

MONDAY, JUNE 23 - FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS
SUPPORT: STATESIDE HOMBRES
RFH 7.30PM
TICKETS LIMITED TO 4 PER PERSON & NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE.
BOX OFFICE: 020 7960 4242.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - LOVERS' ROCK: SUSAN CADOGAN, AISHA, SISTER AUDREY
QEH 7.45PM

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 - DAVID HOLMES' FREE ASSOCIATION
QEH 8PM

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 - MACY GRAY AND LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY
RFH 8PM
TICKETS LIMITED TO 4 PER PERSON & NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE.
BOX OFFICE: 020 7960 4242.

MONDAY, JUNE 30 - ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION AND OZOMATLI
RFH 7.30PM













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