U.K. alternative act Massive Attack will curate this year's Meltdown Festival at the London South Bank Centre.

The duo, comprising Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, has been invited to serve as artistic directors of the 2007 festival, which runs from June 14 to 22. Previous artistic directors include David Bowie, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Scott Walker and, last year, former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.

Massive Attack will curate nine days of concerts, DJ sets, talks, films, and visual art at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank. Although no performers are yet confirmed, the festival's artistic directors traditionally perform a headline set and often collaborate with other acts.

"It's an honor to host South Bank Centre's Meltdown festival and to be in such inspiring company as its previous curators," says Massive Attack in a statement issued today.

"In addition to the music, we want this year's festival to have a strong political and visual element to it to reflect our influences and obsessions. Our aim is to mix it up a bit by instigating collaborations that make sense and probably some that don't."

Jude Kelly, the South Bank Centre's artistic director, adds in the statement, "A globally recognized band with global issues at heart, the very name of this year's director has become a potent symbol of many things, not least an attitude that rejects over-corporatized culture in favor of a radical vision."

Massive Attack has recently played benefit gigs for the Hoping Foundation, a charity that aids Palestinian children living in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and throughout the Middle East. They are currently in the studio working on their fifth studio album, due for release in September.