Christine and the Queens has been confirmed as curator for the 2023 Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre.
Meltdown is the longest-running artist-curated festival in the world, with previous curators including Jarvis Cocker, M.I.A. and Nile Rodgers. Christine and the Queens is set to join the star-studded list for the edition of the festival set to run from Friday 9th June to Sunday 18th June 2023. He will also be the youngest ever curator of Meltdown.
The event includes ten days of music, arts and culture across the stages of the Southbank Centre, alongside free outdoor gigs, performances and activities across both weekends. The announcement comes as Christine and the Queens prepares to perform at his sold out headline special at the Royal Festival Hall as new persona Redcar.
Speaking about curating 2023’s Meltdown festival, Christine and the Queens says: “What an honour to be picked by the fantastical teams of the Meltdown festival to be a curator this year! It’s a tough thing to be a curator.”
“I will actually pick musicians that have some gut-wrenching quality, and I wish for all of us to stroll around in those ten days being rejuvenated by artistic gestures. Discoveries. The time Meltdown takes is quite exquisite, the abundance feels appropriately generous too. We need this for ourselves, art in the city, art for the citizen, collective catharsis, a wonderful purge of the soul. I hope you’ll enjoy this glorious edition and again, long live poetry that burns and musicians crazy and brave enough to keep going – they are shaping the emotions of the future. Let’s thank them all!”
The first names on the lineup are set to be announced in Spring 2023.