Sunday, 25 May 2008

No more 1997 jokes: Massive Attack curate Meltdown Fest in London

This is probably old news to you if you either a) live in London or b) have had internet access in the past month. Well, for me it's a big, resounding, sometimes ambivalent "NO" to both those statements, so it's breaking news to me. And perhaps you're a shut-in like me, too, and are now totally awed by this information.

What's left of one of the few trip-hop bands that has withstood the test of time and being perpetually played on coffeeshop soundtracks, Massive Attack, is curating the Meltown Festival from June 13-22 at London's awesome Southbank Centre. Massive Attack is opening and closing the Meltdown, with performances from an extensive and stellar line-up including:

The Tom Tom Club, MC5, Primal Scream, Mark Stewart and the Mafia, Gang of Four, Stiff Little Fingers performing Inflammable Material ,Grace Jones, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Fleet Foxes, Johnny Clarke, Elbow, Dälek, the Yellow Magic Orchestra, Adrian Sherwood, Tunng, the Cool Kids, Horace Andy, the Shape of Broad Minds, Flying Lotus, Aloe Blacc, Martina Topley-Bird, Terry Callier, Leila, the Shortwave Set, and DJ sets from James Lavelle, Peaches and Four Tet's Kieran Hebden.

There's all that and more!! Like, Massive Attack will also be doing a live mix of the Heritage Orchestra's Blade Runner soundtrack and there will be art and stuff. OMG this thing is intense. You can find out more about the potentially bankrupting event HERE.

Rumor has it that Massive Attack will be putting out a new album later this year. In the meantime, they're playing a slew of shows across Europe and the UK.

06-09 Tallinn, Estonia - Saku Arena
06-11 St. Petersburg, Russia - Stereoleto Festival
06-14 London, England - Meltdown Festival
06-22 London, England - Meltdown Festival
06-28 Glastonbury, England - Glastonbury Festival
07-01 Cork, Ireland - Marquee
07-03 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Westerpark
07-04 Belfort, France - Eurockeenes Belfort
07-06 Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Open'er Festival
07-10 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Krizanke Monastery
07-11 Balaton Lake, Hungary - Balaton Sound Festival
07-13 Istanbul, Turkey - Parkorman
07-15 Athens, Greece - Fly Beyond Athens Festival
07-17 Naples, Italy - Carpisa Naepolis
07-18 Rome, Italy - Roma Rock Festival
07-19 Ravenna, Italy - Pala de Andre
07-20 Padova, Italy - Villa Pisani
07-22 Cascassonne, France - Festival de la Cite
07-23 Arles, France - Theatre Antique d/Arles
07-24 Fourvieres, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere
07-25 Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival
07-26 Cognac, France - Cognac Blues Passions Festival
08-06 Lokeren, Belgium - Lokerse Festival
08-09 Saalburg, Germany - Sonne Mond and Sterne Festival
08-15 Almeria, Spain - Ola Festival

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