Nile Rodgers curating Meltdown Festival 2019
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Nile Rodgers will curate this summer's Meltdown Festival.

The Chic superstar will bring his own eclectic lineup of stars to the Southbank Centre in London later this year from 3-11 August.

He said: "To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true.

"Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning.

"It's all about the groove and this August everyone in London will be dancing to incredible live performances!"

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Although the lineup for the event is yet to be announced, Rodgers is following in the footsteps of the likes of David Bowie, M.I.A and last year's curator, The Cure's Robert Smith.

Bengi Ünsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre, said: "I am thrilled and honoured to welcome Nile Rodgers to Southbank Centre this August for the 26th Meltdown festival. "Meltdown is the longest-running artist curated festival in the world and for 25 years has been celebrating those at the frontiers of music.

"It's hard to overstate the impact that this year's curator has had both as part of CHIC and as a solo producer on what we call popular music today. He is constantly creating and collaborating, and I can't wait to see what he will create across our venues. One thing's for certain: this will be the funkiest Meltdown yet."

The event has seen some incredible moments over the years, including Jeff Buckley playing his final UK show at Elvis Costello's festival in 1995, while 2007 host Jarvis Cocker was joined by an all-star cast featuring the likes of Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Pete Doherty as they belted out Disney songs.

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This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.


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