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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Yoko Ono to present Meltdown Festival

29th January 2013

Yoko Ono will present this year's Meltdown Festival in London.

The Southbank will host the annual event, which is one of the main highlights of the capital's extensive music calendar.

Having taking place for more than two decades, the Meltdown Festival is ideal for music fans planning central London hotels getaways in June.

Past curators have included David Bowie, Lee Scratch Perry, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Jarvis Cocker, and Massive Attack but this year Ono will take the reins as she celebrates her 80th birthday.

The festival will last 12 days and will focus on Ono's key interests of environmentalism, feminism and peace. It is expected that a number of top names as well as up-and-coming stars could be on the festival bill.

"I am deeply honoured to curate the world-famous Meltdown Festival. In doing so I am aware of the great tradition of experimentalism mixed with classicism that has made the festival such an enduring part of the British arts landscape," said Ono.

"I am now starting to approach names from all over the world, some of whom you will know and some who might be new to your world. Let the fun begin."

Meltdown will also include a number of film screenings, photography and art exhibitions. The festival will take place from June 14th to 23rd and details of all artists taking part will be confirmed at a later date. Tickets will then be made available online and from the Southbank Centre box office.

The Southbank Centre is located in on the Thames riverside between Golden Jubilee and Waterloo Bridges and is a short walk from London Waterloo London Underground and mainline stations.


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