O' what a wonderful festival. It takes place every year at Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank in London. In past years Morrissey, Scott Walker, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Bowie have picked the bills, this year, 30 years on from the release of 'Horses', Patti Smith, the legend, gets to pick the bill and what a bill it is, so far...
Friday 17th June:
Royal Festival Hall: Rachid Taha with special guest Patti Smith
Queen Elizabeth Hall: Yoko Ono
Saturday 18th June:
RFH: Songs of Innocence Protest Songs and Lullabies Feat. Patti Smith, Sinead O'Connor, Beth Orton, Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses)
QEH: Billy Bragg
Sunday 19th June:
RFH: Steve Earle & Patti Smith
Wednesday 22nd June:
QEH: The Coral Sea Feat. Patti Smith, Cat Power and Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
Thursday 23rd June:
RFH: Stand Bravely Brothers A homage to Berthold Brecht Feat. Patti Smith, Marc Almond, Neil & Tim Finn, Antony & The Johnsons, Dresden Dolls, London Sinfonietta
Friday 24th June:
QEH: Antony & The Johnsons
Saturday 25th June:
RFH: Patti Smith performs Horses With special guest John Cale
Sunday 26th June:
RFH: 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...
Many more events and names to be announced in coming weeks. Tickets are going onsale on Thursday 5th May at 9am. Box Office number will be 08703 808 300. The event usually sells out pretty darn quick, so get yo shi' together. rfh.org.uk/meltdown
DiScuss: Who else do you think Patti will ask to play? Will you be there? What's your favourite Patti song? Anyone see her at St Giles? What a show that was...