Die geheimen Tagebücher von einer verderbten Existenz
Behind these gates you will hear my thoughts screaming like nerves under the sun and feel my emotion laughing to the empty ether. Welcome Dear Wanderer, make yourself at home. The road is long and tortuous and I hope you enjoy yourself.
Fraternally Yours, Poison Creeper
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Meltdown is literally our favourite music festival because it’s in London, indoors and you get to sit down. There’s even an interval! Up yours Eavis. This year’s curator is transgender torch singer from Chichester, Antony. And he’s come up trumps with a lineup that is already causing us extreme anxiety at the thought of not getting a ticket.
The highlights, as far as we’re concerned, are two shows from the former Cocteau Twins and Massive Attack singer of unimaginable beauty, Elizabeth Fraser. Not only will these be her first solo gigs ever, she’s promising Cocteaus material. Pinch us hard in the face, we must be dreaming.
Similar worthy of running outside and screaming loudly is Marc Almond performing his 1983 Torment and Toreros album in its entirety. Personally, we listened to this every single day and night of our early teenage years. It’s the one that has the extremely sweary and sleazy Catch A Fallen Star On It (that we learned by heart) plus some of his greatest songs and most show-stopping covers. It will be a moment. Several moments, even.
Elizabeth Fraser can be seen on August 6th and 7th, while Marc appears on the 9th.
Antony will also be buying plane tickets for the extraordinary (and terrifying) Diamanda Galás, living arty legend Laurie Anderson, wyrd sisters CocoRosie and performance artist Vaginal Davis (real name Vaginal Smith etc).
“I dreamed of assembling a constellation of courageous artists, all of whom have used their platforms as cultural producers to challenge us. They have exhibited a ferocity in their pursuit of beauty, and, falling like a guillotine behind it, justice.”
Which is coincidentally is also the mission statement of T4 on the Beach.
Can we please request that the lovely Southbank Centre please get some industrially strengthened servers so they don’t collapse under the pressure like they usually do on the first day of Meltdown going on sale? Thx
Here’s the full list of confirmed shows so far…
Diamanda Galás: The Hour Will Come
Wednesday 1 August, Royal Festival Hall, 8pm
Tickets: £30.00 £22.50
Planningtorock & Light Asylum
Wednesday 1 August, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7:30pm
Tickets £15 £10
Thursday 2 August, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7:30pm
Tickets: £15.00 £12.50
Laurie Anderson: Dirtday!
Friday 3 August, Royal Festival Hall, time tbc
Tickets: price tbc
Diamanda Galás: screening of Schrei 27 and lecture
Friday 3 August, Purcell Room, 7pm
CocoRosie: We Are On Fire
featuring Rajasthan Roots & TEZ
Saturday 4 August, Royal Festival Hall, 7:30pm
Tickets: £25 £20 £15
Albion – Hypnagogue – Ghost: Hallucinatory Queer British Paganism