April 30, 2005

Patti Smith's Meltdown Line-up - Special guest: John Cale

Patti Smith

The initial line-up for Patti Smith's Meltdown has been confirmed. This year's event takes place at the South Bank Centre in London between June 11-26.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Smith's seminal album Horses, and to celebrate the singer will perform the album in its entirety at the Royal Festival Hall on June 25. The album's producer John Cale is the evening's special guest.

Elsewhere in the festival Smith and Steve Earle will appear at the same venue on June 19.

The other events confirmed so far are:

  • Yoko Ono (Queen Elizabeth Hall, June 17)
  • Rachid Taha with special guest Patti Smith (Royal Festival Hall, 17)
  • Songs Of Innocence
    Protest Songs and Lullabies, Feat. Patti Smith, Beth Orton, Sinead O'Connor, Kristin Hersh plus more (Royal Festival Hall, 18)
  • Billy Bragg (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 18)
  • Steve Earle and Patti Smith (Royal Festival Hall, 19)
  • The Coral Sea 0 Text: Patti Smith Music: Patti Smith, Kevin Shields, Cat Power (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 22)
  • A homage to Bertolt Brecht
    Feat. Patti Smith, Antony, Dresdon Dolls, Marc Almond, Neil Finn, Tim Finn, London Sinfonietta and more (Royal Festival Hall, 23)
  • Antony And The Johnsons (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 24)
  • Patti Smith performs Horses with Special Guest John Cale (Royal Festival Hall, 25.)
  • Songs of Experience
    The work of Jimi Hendrix and the music that inspired him Feat. Patti Smith, Jeff Beck, Flea, John Frusciante and more (26)

Tickets for the shows go on sale on May 5 at 9am via the South Bank Centre Box Office on 08703 808 300 or online at www.rfh.org.uk/meltdown

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