CHIC legend follows in the footsteps of Robert Smith to put on shows that reflect his contribution to music
Cai Trefor
12:35 11th February 2019

Nile Rodgers has today announced that he will curate the next Meltdown Festival. The inarguably brilliant multi-day indoor festival held on Southbank, London will run from 3 - 11 August 2019.

The CHIC man will lap up the task of following in the footsteps of Robert Smith, who, last year, slayed his opportunity by bringing in the likes of Placebo, Deftones, and The Libertines - as well as performing with The Cure.

Rodgers is certainly capable of dialling in some big names himself, but no line-up has been announced yet.

Of being handed the role at Meltdown, which is reserved for the most esteemed music legends of all time, Rodgers said in a press release:

“To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true.

“Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning. It’s all about the groove and this August everyone in London will be dancing to incredible live performances!”

Bengi Ünsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre, added:"I am thrilled and honoured to welcome Nile Rodgers to Southbank Centre this August for the 26th Meltdown festival. Meltdown is the longest-running artist curated festival in the world and for 25 years has been celebrating those at the frontiers of music.

“It’s hard to overstate the impact that this year’s curator has had both as part of CHIC and as a solo producer on what we call popular music today. He is constantly creating and collaborating, and I can’t wait to see what he will create across our venues. One thing’s for certain: this will be the funkiest Meltdown yet.”

Stay tuned to Gigwise for line-up and Meltdown ticket updates.

Elsewhere, it was recently announced that Nile Rodgers will host a special BRIT Awards Viewing Party at London’s Historic The Ned on February 20, 2019. In addition to seeing the BRIT awards in luxury between 8 and 10pm, there will be an intimate CHIC performance. Tickets are here and proceeds go towards to BRIT School and We Are Family Foundation.

The band have been nominated for Brit Award for Best International Group.

For more affordable, less exclusive CHIC shows, the band will be performing at the below summer events:

08 Newmarket Nights (TICKETS)

26 Kendal Calling Festival (TICKETS)
28 Standon Calling Festival (TICKETS

Photo: Lily Resta