Sunn O))) and Matthew Herbert head into Meltdown


Former Talking Heads front man and renowned solo artist David Byrne curates the 22nd edition of the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival which begins today and runs until 30 August, following other high profile names who have also curated the event such as David Bowie, Ornette Coleman, Yoko Ono, Robert Wyatt and Ray Davies.

With a typically diverse line up of experimental and cutting edge artists appearing this year, Byrne has selected three jazz and noise related artists including the earth-quaking improv drone-meisters Sunn O))), who bring their sonic wall of noise to the Royal Festival Hall on 18 August.

The bill also features the hip-hop fuelled heavy horn-led grooves of Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (QEH, 20 Aug), and the welcome return of genre-splicing big band composer and sample innovator Matthew Herbert who will perform jazz-charged house music from his latest album The Shakes. Herbert appears with his new band that includes jazz keyboardist Sam Crowe, singers Ade Omotayo and Rahel DebebeDessalegne and a small brass section.

– Mike Flynn

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