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Chaka Khan to curate Meltdown 2024 to have fun 50 years of music

The Southbank Centre has introduced that Chaka Khan would be the curator of Meltdown Competition 2024.

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Revealed right now (January 28), the announcement makes Khan the twenty ninth artist to curate the annual up to date music pageant, and can see her design this yr’s occasion.

Set to happen between Friday, June 14 and Sunday, June 23, Chaka Khan’s instalment of Meltdown comes as a celebration of her 50-year profession, and is about to see the famend singer convey her voice and world affect to London’s Southbank Centre through the 10 days.

“Get able to expertise the center and soul of Meltdown 2024, the place the magic of music meets the heat of group. I’m past excited to be part of this legacy, bringing everybody collectively, younger and previous, for a summer time celebration like no different,” Khan mentioned of her newly introduced curatorship in a press launch.

“This pageant isn’t nearly music, it’s a feast for all of your senses, a gathering of hearts and souls. The Southbank Centre’s about to gentle up! We’re going to funk it up, rock each crowd, and contact each soul. It’s a group celebration, an all-ages bash. Be part of us and immerse your self in a world that’s vibrant, numerous, and completely unforgettable.”

Chaka Khan, 2024
Chaka Khan, 2024. CREDIT: Jo Metson Scott

Adem Holness, Head of Modern Music at Southbank Centre additionally commented on the reveal, including: “Whoever mentioned ‘by no means meet your heroes’ clearly by no means met Chaka Khan. I’ve learnt how vital group, activism, love and care are to her so these concepts, together with good music, would be the basis of Meltdown.

“I can’t imagine we get to have fun 50 years of her legendary profession collectively. Think about ten nights of her fabulousness, depraved sense of humour and iconic genre-defying music unfold throughout the Southbank Centre. I personally can’t wait!”

The position of curator for the 2024 version of the up to date music pageant comes 45 years after the singer’s breakthrough eponymous debit ‘Chaka’ in 1978, and in gentle of 10 Grammy Wins and an induction into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame final yr. The primary listing of artists set to look on the 2024 instalment is about to be revealed in March.

Working yearly since 1993, Meltdown pageant has seen collaborations from a few of the most famous names in music – together with previous curators David Bowie, Robert Smith, Jarvis Cocker, Lou Reed, Jeff Beck and extra.

Christine and the Queens at Meltdown 2023
Christine and the Queens at Meltdown 2023. CREDIT: Pete Woodhead

It has additionally constructed a status for staging distinctive one-off performances over time. As an illustration, Patti Smith famously carried out her album ‘Horses’ in full for her curation of Meltdown, and Jeff Buckley performed his ultimate ever UK present at Elvis Costello’s version.

Elsewhere, The New York Dolls reunited at Morrissey’s curation, Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Pete Doherty sang Disney songs with Jarvis Cocker at one other version, and each Robert Smith’s (2018) and Grace Jones’ (2022) instalments had been nominated for Music Week Awards Competition of the 12 months.

Final yr’s version was curated by Christine And The Queens, and featured performances from Sigur Rós, Yemi Alade, Johnny Jewel, Warpaint, Lynks and extra.

In different Chaka Khan information, final month the singer revealed that she was leaving her days of touring behind to get pleasure from “this rich-ass life” and needed to spend extra time together with her household.

Earlier in 2023, the singer additionally teamed up with Bombay Bicycle Membership for the monitor ‘Tekken 2’, which frontman Jack Steadman mentioned he initially felt ‘embarrassed’ about recording.


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