Musical, fashion and cultural icon Grace Jones has been selected as curator for the 2020 edition of Meltdown, held at London's Southbank Centre in June.
Jones said in a press release: "I am honoured to be curating next year’s Meltdown festival. Year after year, the festival continues to spread its colourful wings, allowing its curators to bring together an array of diverse talent not seen anywhere else. It’s about time I was asked to curate Meltdown darling, don’t you think?!"
Jones, who turned 71 earlier this year, has performed at a previous edition in 2007, when Jarvis Cocker was at the helm. She will be the sixth woman to curate the festival since it began in 1993, following other stars such as Patti Smith and Yoko Ono.
Born in Jamaica, Grace Jones moved to New York with her mother when she was 12. Initially building herself an acting career, she moved onto modelling and eventually music, becoming a major influence to artists such as Björk and Lady Gaga with her wild fashion and larger-than-life personality.
The festival originally started as a classical music festival, however has changed over the years, widening its scope – the curator's role choosing diverse talent to showcase over the nine-day festival.
Meltdown 2020 will return to the Southbank Festival on the 12-21 June 2020, with the line up being released early in the year. Join our waiting list for updates.