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Lee Scratch Perry Curate's London's Meltdown Festival

Author: Jonty Adderley (
Saturday, February 22, 2003
Jamaican reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry has been named as the curator for this year's Meltdown Festival, taking place at the South Bank's Royal Festival Hall, in what's an imaginative choice for the annual 10 day event.

Each year the Meltdown festival offers a guest director the chance to produce his or her own fantasy festival, mixing artists and artforms, reflecting their own personal passions and interests (as the event's producers put it) and with Perry being one of reggae's most influential and notoriously nonconformist pioneers, this year's line-up is likely to be fantastic.

"Hello folks, lovely peoples of 2003. I am looking far-word to this festivity," said Perry on the forthcoming event.

"We will celebrate with the music-makers from all over the world. Melting down sweet songs and evil beats. Love from the Open Door."

Previous curators have included David Bowie, John Peel and Elvis Costello.