Jarvis: Meltdown 2007


Jarvis Cocker curated the 2007 Meltdown festival.

Meltdown is an annual festival of music and visual art held at the Southbank Centre in London. Since its inception in 1993, the festival has been curated by a single person each year, usually a notable musician or composer.

  • Duration: 16 to 23 June 2007
  • Location: Southbank Centre, London - which includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room

''Cunts may be running the world but a cock will be controlling the South Bank for one week in June. Jarvis Branson Cocker is honoured, proud and excited to announce that he will be curating this year's Meltdown Festival. Your cultural life is in my hands. I can't wait."

Notes from your controller:


Culture should be a stimulant not a sedative.

Hide beneath the duvet in your plasma-screen, surround-sound, MP3-enabled crash-pad if you like, but we will find you and we shall awaken you. By combining things that shouldn't be combined, by viewing things from a different angle, by the use of extreme volume and sound frequencies — BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY — we shall rouse you from your slumber.

And you're going to love it.


Saturday 16 June

  • Motörhead plus Selfish Cunt (Royal Festival Hall)
  • Melanie plus Matthew Sawyer & The Ghosts (Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Gonzales featuring Mocky (Purcell Room)
  • Underage at Meltdown featuring Crawling King Snakes, Xxteens, Forty Fives, Le Volume Courbe, The Dodoz and Project Komakino. Plus DJ sets from Jarvis Cocker, She Set and Danilo (The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Missa Luba (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Naeve Northern Soul Session (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)

Sunday 17 June

  • Forest of no Return Hal Willner presents the vintage Disney songbook with Jarvis Cocker and very special guests (Royal Festival Hall)
  • KPM Allstars (Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • You're Gonna Miss Me (Purcell Room)
  • Meltdown on the Thames featuring Circulus, Littl'ans, They Came From the Stars I Saw Them (Festival Riverside Stage)

Monday 18 June

  • Roky Erickson and the Explosives plus Clinic (Royal Festival Hall)
  • SUNN 0))) plus Chrome Hoof (Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Saint Etienne present Turntable CafĂ© (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)

Tuesday 19 June

  • Devo plus Drumize (Scotch Egg Band) (Royal Festival Hall)
  • Forced Entertainment: Bloody Mess (Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Matthew Glamorre Presents Cut (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)

Wednesday 20 June

  • Iggy & the Stooges plus Scout Niblett (Royal Festival Hall)
  • Jerry Dammers' Spatial aka Orchestra (Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Jarvis in Conversation with Don Letts (Purcell Room)
  • Don Letts DJ set (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)

Thursday 21 June

  • The Music of John Barry The cinematic work of John Barry chosen by Jarvis Cocker (Royal Festival Hall)
  • Cornershop plus Jeffrey Lewis & the Meteorites (Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Beyond the Badlands (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Cornershop's post-show party featuring The Light Surgeons and DJ Ben Ayres (The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall)

Friday 22 June

  • The Jesus and Mary Chain plus The Pastels (Royal Festival Hall)
  • 1990s with DJ JD Twitch (Optimo) (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)

Saturday 23 June

  • Jarvis Cocker plus The Valerie Project (Royal Festival Hall)
  • Lost Ladies of Folk (Queen Elizabeth Hall)
  • Missa Luba (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Artery plus Desperate Sound System DJ set (Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)
  • The 17/Bill Drummond (Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall)

Throughout the festival

  • Jarvis Cocker's Subconscious featured a series of documentaries, programmes and oddities compiled by Jarvis Cocker, including:
    • Jarvis' own films made while he was at art college
    • Films by artists whose work Jarvis admires
    • The Outsider Art documentary series presented by Jarvis and originally shown on Channel 4 in 1999 (below the Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Baschet Brothers sound sculptures (displayed on the Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall)
  • Artworks by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Jeremy Deller, Alan Kane, and Chris Wilson
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