David Bowie has been selected as the curator for this year’s edition of the U.K.’s two-week long arts festival Meltdown. Staged on London’s South Bank at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Purcell Room, the event, featuring myriad music, theater and art exhibitions, runs from June 14-30. An announcement on this year’s performers will be made in the coming weeks.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to contribute to Meltdown,” Bowie said in a statement. “I hope some of the ideas we come up with for performances and artists will transpire, for if they do they will hopefully make this an inspiring and fun festival.” Bowie also said he was disappointed that he couldn’t participate in the 2000 edition of the event, which was curated by Scott Walker.
Last year’s Meltdown, curated by veteran art rocker Robert Wyatt, featured performances from such artists as Elvis Costello, Mark Eitzel, Tricky, David Gilmour, and Baaba Maal. According to Bowie’s official Web site, Meltdown will mark the first time in more than 30 years that the artist has been involved in an event on London’s South Bank.
As previously reported, Bowie recently ended his relationship with Virgin Records to focus on his own imprint, ISO Records. The label will release Bowie’s upcoming album, which he is currently recording with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. A spokesperson says the album will be released by year’s end. The artist will also appear Feb. 22 at the annual Tibet House Benefit at New York’s Carnegie Hall.