After last year’s Antony Hegarty-curated festival, featuring the likes of CocoRosie and Marina Abramovic, London’s Southbank Centre continues its feminist thread with icon Yoko Ono curating the program for Meltdown 2013. Running from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 23 artists to appear include Patti Smith, Siouxsie Sioux, Boy George and the Guerrilla Girls. The Let’s Start A Pussy Riot book, featuring creative responses from the likes of Robyn, Kara Walker and Bianca Casady will be launched during their ‘Activism’ weekend, which will also feature Peaches and Peggy Seeger in conversation, discussion with legendary fashion designer Katherine Hamnett and screening of The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique.
We’re most excited about seeing Peaches’ performance of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s experimental duo Body/Head with a special appearance by No Wave legend Ikue Mori, 90s cult rock band Cibo Matto and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Band on Friday. With any luck we’ll get a rendition of ‘Kiss, Kiss, Kiss’ from Ono’s 2007 release I’m a Witch with Peaches or, better yet, her cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Fireworks’, which you can see below. See the Meltdown website for more info.