Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Femi Kuti and Lift to Experience: the first names for this year's Meltdown have been announced

Guy Garvey, lead singer of the band Elbow, will present this year’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre, London. He follows the likes of David Byrne, James Lavelle, Yoko Ono and Ornette Coleman.

The 10-day festival, now in its 23rd year, will include a diverse range of artists, such as afrobeat leader Femi Kuti, singer/songwriter Laura Marling, psyche-pop pioneer Connan Mockasin, and American rock band Lift to Experience, who play their first show in 15 years.

Guy Garvey’s Meltdown will also include “The Boat We’re In” – a day dedicated to addressing the European refugee crisis named – which will culminate in an all-star concert led by Robert Plant, former frontman of Led Zeppelin.

When speaking about the festival, Garvey said, “I've not overthought it. I've put together a bill I'd love to see and I've made sure there’s something for everyone. All time greats that have never been far from the cutting edge, to brand new talent worthy of more attention and some reunions I never thought I'd see. There’s plenty more still to announce but currently, alongside the music, we’ve got poetry and a ton of interactive events, and there is an overarching theme – boats.”