The Southbank Centre is a constant source of inspiration with the expertly curated array of performances, festivals, exhibitions and more that are held across their various venues. As the space is closed for the foreseeable future, Southbank Centre’s Head of Contemporary Music Bengi Ünsal has made a stunning playlist for us to enjoy in the meantime.

Although Meltdown has sadly been postponed we can still look forward to Grace Jones’ takeover next summer and hopefully some other shows later this year. For now, you can still get your creative, cultural fix over on the Southbank Centre’s blog. As with many creative spaces, the Southbank Centre relies on people’s support so if you can donate to help them keep going then please do get involved here.

Speaking on Meltdown Bengi says: “We were delighted to be able to quickly reschedule the entirety of Grace Jones’ Meltdown festival to June 2021 completely intact, with the iconic curator in place and every one of the announced acts confirmed for next year. We’d like to give the biggest thanks to Grace Jones, all the artists on the line-up and their hard working teams, without whom this would not have been possible. The safety of our staff, artists and visitors is our top priority at this time and although we are disappointed Meltdown won’t go ahead this year, we feel this is the best course of action for such a big festival. We look forward to Grace Jones’ Meltdown in 2021 which we are sure will be one to remember!”


“This lockdown made me a bit nostalgic and melancholic, so with the exception of a couple of mad moments, here is my usual mood explained with the help of these 22 tracks.”

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