Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon Are Playing Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Fest, But Not Together
Plus, Iggy and the Stooges, Savages, Patti Smith, Deerhoof, Reggie Watts, Siouxsie Sioux
Iggy and the Stooges, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Savages, and more will all take the stage at this year’s Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival. The annual showcase’s upcoming 20th installment will be held at London’s Southbank Centre and run from June 14 to 23.
Other artists booked to perform: Ono’s own Plastic Ono Band, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Deerhoof, Cibo Matto, Immortal Technique, Boy George, Marianne Faithful, comedian Reggie Watts, and Kim Gordon’s Body/Head project. The now-separated Gordon and Moore have worked with Ono previously, releasing the collaborative album YOKOKIMTHURSTON in 2012.
The final night of Meltdown 2013 will feature a live performance of 1980’s Double Fantasy, the final record Ono and John Lennon released together (the LP came out just three weeks before Lennon’s murder). According to the festival’s website, that show will boast several “special guests.”
The Guardian reports that Sean Lennon is expected to appear onstage, alongside Cibo Matto, who are scheduled to play on June 15; Peaches will reportedly take part in several events throughout the residency, including a presentation of “Cut Piece,” one of Ono’s most well-known performance art pieces.
Meltdown’s 20th edition will also include film screenings and a “silent disco,” whatever that means. The cinema portion is expected to highlight rare films by Ono and the late John Lennon, as well as a showing of the 1925 silent classic Battleship Potemkin, which will be paired with the Pet Shop Boys’ accompanying 2004 score.
Tickets go on sale for Southbank Centre members on April 9 at 10 a.m. Passes become available for the general public on April 11 at 10 a.m.