Patti Smith's Meltdown: Update

By london_ken Last edited 146 months ago
Patti Smith's Meltdown: Update
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Those of you going to or considering going to Patti Smith's Meltdown, taking place from 11th to 26th June at the South Bank Centre, will be as interested as Londonist Music to hear that Eels have (has?) been added to the line-up. They/he will be playing the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 12th June. One day before that, to kick off the festival, will be The Brian Jonestown Massacre (nothing to do with the late, great cricket commentator Brian Johnstone's fondness for cakes, as Londonist first thought), along with Ed Harcourt.

For people interested in learning more about the roots of the current folk revival, 24th June is your day. There's a special appearance by Shirley Collins, who recorded a version of a song from which we presume The Eighteenth Day of May took their name. She'll be speaking about the nature of the ballad in folk music. If you're sneering at that, then firstly we'd ask you to open your minds a bit, and if that just makes you scoff then how would you feel if we said Johnny Marr and The Healers were part of the night which explores UK and US folk connections? This particular concert takes place at the Royal Festival Hall.

The Songs of Innocence (Lullabies, Poetry and Protest Songs for and about children) concert on 18th June looks like a cracking evening, with the current line-up now looking as follows: Yoko Ono, Sinead O'Connor, Tori Amos, Beth Orton, Kristin Hersh, Marianne Faithfull and Patti Smith herself.

Tickets for Patti Smith's Meltdown can be obtained from the Box Office (08703 808 300) or online.

There's so much quality in this festival we could go on forever but for the sake of brevity and our typing fingers, the line-up so far is below. You should check the website anyway, as some of these events may already be sold out.

Saturday 11th June at 7.45pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tickets: £14-£16

The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Ed Harcourt

Sunday 12th June at 7.45pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tickets: £17.50

Eels

Friday 17th June at 8.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tickets: £20-£22.50

Yoko Ono

Friday 17th June at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, Tickets: £17.50-£20

Rachid Taha with special guest appearance by Patti Smith

Saturday 18th June at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, Tickets: £22.50-£25

Songs of Innocence (Lullabies, Poetry and Protest Songs for and about children)

Featuring Yoko Ono, Sinead O'Conner, Tori Amos, Beth Orton, Kristin Hersh, Marianne Faithfull and Patti Smith

Saturday 18th June at 8.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, £15

Billy Bragg

Saturday 18th June at 8pm, Purcell Room, Tickets: £12.50

An Evening With Richard Hell – Richard Hell reads from his new novel Godlike as well as other writings.

Sunday 19th June at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, £22.50-£25

Steve Earle and Patti Smith

Monday 20th June and Tuesday 21st June at 7.45pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, £20-£22.50

Television

Wednesday 22nd June at 7.45pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tickets: £12.50-£15

The Coral Sea

Text: Patti Smith Music: Kevin Shields, Cat Power and Patti Smith

Thursday 23rd June at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, Tickets: £25-£30

Stand Bravely Brothers - A homage to Bertolt Brecht

Featuring Antony, Dresden Dolls, Marc Almond, The Finn Brothers, Martha Wainwright, London Sinfonietta, Patti Smith and more

Friday 24th June at 8.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tickets: £15-£17.50

Antony and the Johnsons

Friday 24th June, Royal Festival Hall – on sale soon

UK-US Folk Connections

Featuring Lenny Kaye, Johnny Marr & The Healers, Roy Harper, Robyn Hitchcock, Bert Jansch and more

Friday 24th June, RFH Ballroom – times to be advised

Tibetan Monks & Sacred Dances – Masked bonpo performed by Monks from the Monastery of Triten Norbutse

Saturday 25th June at 8.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tickets: £14-£16

Tinariwen

Saturday 25th June at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, Tickets: £15-£30

Patti Smith performs Horses

Plus the music of John Cale with special friends Flea, Nick Franglen, Terrie & Andy (The Ex), David Dramm / Dominik Blum / Marino Pliakas / Lucas Niggli - as the Meatgrinders!

Sunday 26th June at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, Tickets: £22.50-£27.50

Songs of Experience - the work of Jimi Hendrix and the music that inspired him

Featuring Jeff Beck, Flea, John Frusciante, Joanna Newsom, Patti Smith and more.

Last Updated 11 May 2005