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Patti Smith to Curate Meltdown Festival
Zach Vowell reports:
Thirty years after releasing the brainy counterpart to The Ramones, aka
Horses, Patti Smith has been recruited to curate the 2005 Meltdown Festival
held in London, and according to the festival's website, it appears the
punk rock poetess has not lost her sense of quality control. The festival
spans from June 11-26, and the performances will be split between the Royal
Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. First and foremost among her
inspired festival choices is her own performance of Horses in full,
alongside the album's producer John Cale. She will also play on during many
nights, on stage or on the same bill with many of the artists listed below.
And by no means does it end there. Smith will also share the stage with
Kevin Shields and Cat Power, and on June 18 she will perform alongside a
powerhouse group of female musicians under the banner "Songs of Innocence,
Protest Songs and Lullabies": Beth Orton, Kristin Hersh, Tori Amos, and
Sinead O'Connor. Some shows will be Smith-less, however, including
performances by Yoko Ono, Antony and the Johnsons, and Billy Bragg.
Television will appear on June 20 and 21 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Finally, the festival will wrap up on June 26 with a Jimi Hendrix tribute
conducted by none other than Patti Smith, joined by Jeff Beck and two
members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea and John Frusciante. Here's the
lineup so far:
06-11 Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ed Harcourt (QEH)
06-17 Yoko Ono (QEH), Rachid Taha (RFH)
06-18 Tori Amos, Beth Orton, Sinead O'Connor, Kristin Hersh, and Patti
Smith(RFH); Bill Bragg (QEH)
06-19 Patti Smith, Steve Earle (RFH)
06-20 Television (QEH)
06-21 Television (QEH)
06-22 The Coral Sea featuring Kevin Shields, Cat Power, and Patti Smith
06-24 Antony and the Johnsons (QEH)
06-25 Patti Smith performs Horses plus special guest John Cale (RFH)
06-26 Jeff Beck, Flea, John Frusciante, and Patti Smith (RFH)
* Meltdown Festival 2005: http://www.rfh.org.uk/meltdown
- On 8 May 2005 at 8:26, Carl Zimring wrote:
> <http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/05-05/06.shtml#melt>And closing this festival as well. An excellent line up
> Patti Smith to Curate Meltdown Festival
- --On Monday, May 9, 2005 1:14 PM +0100 Andy Benham <a.s.benham@...>
>> Patti Smith to Curate Meltdown FestivalIndeed. Does Yo La Tengo's appearance at a summer festival imply a new CD
> And closing this festival as well. An excellent line up
is coming? Or is this to hawk the compilation?
- On 9 May 2005 at 8:20, Carl Zimring wrote:
>No idea, probably the latter. I was very surprised to see the booking,
> --On Monday, May 9, 2005 1:14 PM +0100 Andy Benham <a.s.benham@...>
> >> Patti Smith to Curate Meltdown Festival
> > And closing this festival as well. An excellent line up
> > http://www.summersundae.com/
> Indeed. Does Yo La Tengo's appearance at a summer festival imply a new CD
> is coming? Or is this to hawk the compilation?
> Carl Z.
since they so rarely come to these shores.
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