Must See: Meltdown Festival, Southbank Centre, London SE1
Saturday 28 July 2012
And a Meltdown with a mission. Between his height and his heart-melting vibrato, Antony Hegarty stands out in any pop crowd, so it figures that he's reeled in a flavour-rich, leftfield haul as this year's curator, including electro explorer Planningtorock, freak-folkies CocoRosie, dramati-pop veteran Marc Almond, disco divas Hercules and Love Affair (with Antony and the great John Grant), and avant-royalty Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.
The higher calling is Antony's belief in "Future Feminism" as the answer to our eco-crises; events reflecting his passionately held convictions include the film Coral: ReKindling Venus and a women-only audience with the performance artist Marina Abramovic.
It's an impasioned, imaginative bill, and if anyone doubts its stand-out status in Meltdown history, the first full shows from the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser since 1998 will silence them, blissfully. Missions accomplished, surely.
(0844 875 0073; meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk) Wed to 12 Aug
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe the Stark may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 5 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
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