Grace Jones’ specially curated Meltdown Festival has been rescheduled for a second time and will now be taking place in 2022.
The festival, which takes place at the Southbank Centre in London, had initially been curated by Jones in 2020. However, after the coronavirus pandemic, it was first pushed back until June this year and has now been moved once more, with the run of events now set to take place next year.
Meltdown’s organisers have confirmed that social distancing restrictions not being relaxed until June 21st, at the earliest, will prevent them from starting the festival as they had hoped on June 11th.
Bengi Ünsal, the centre’s head of contemporary music, said: “The regulations around social distancing make postponement the best course of action for a festival of this scale, to ensure we can retain the roster of global artists we’ve got lined up and welcome all those who already hold tickets. We know it’s shaping up to be one of the most unforgettable Meltdown festivals ever and we can’t wait to share more names with you this Autumn.”
Jones is set to headline and curate the festival, which will now occur between June 10th and 19th, 2022. The line-up already includes illustrious names, including Solange, Peaches and Skunk Anansie – with many more still to be announced.
However, the festival’s rescheduled date 2022 means that neither Ladysmith Black Mambazo nor Jimmy Cliff will be able to appear next year as part of Meltdown. Although, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will still be performing in the capital at Queen Elizabeth Hall in October.