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Grace Jones to curate Meltdown Festival 2020

Grace Jones

Story by Jack Foley

GRACE Jones has been announced as the curator for the 2020 Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.

Next year’s festival will run from June 12-21 and will see Jones, who has previously performed at the festival, join an illustrious list of past curators including the late David Bowie, Yoko Ono and Patti Smith.

The eccentric singer and performer will take over the curation from Nile Rogers, who created the event this summer.

Speaking about her role, Jones said: “I am honoured to be curating next year’s Meltdown festival. Year after year, the festival continues to spread its colourful wings, allowing its curators to bring together an array of diverse talent not seen anywhere else. It’s about time I was asked to curate Meltdown darling, don’t you think?!”

Bengi Ünsal, Head of Contemporary Music at Southbank Centre, added: “Meltdown offers an unparalleled window into the minds of the greatest musical influencers of our age. There’s no denying it: Grace Jones is unlike anybody else.

“She was the first artist who made me feel that I could express myself, be whatever I wanted to be, and not be afraid of what the world might say. She is one of the few living artists who can truly be described as iconic, with a relentlessly individualistic vision. I am truly honoured that she will share it with us for Meltdown 2020.”