Ray Davies to Curate Meltdown Festival in London

The Kinks’ frontman Ray Davies has been selected to curate the 18th annual Meltdown festival in London, which will take place from June 10 – June 19, 2011. Meltdown, which has been held at the Southbank Centre in London since its inception in 1993, has grown to be a highly successful event, sprawling across 21 acres and often spanning as long as two weeks.

One of the true elder statesmen of rock, Ray Davies has been influencing and inspiring artists and music-lovers all over the world for almost 50 years. As the principal songwriter for The Kinks, Ray Davies has penned literally dozens of hit songs, ranging from the proto-metal of “You Really Got Me” to the nostalgic “Waterloo Sunset,” and has also built a successful solo career for himself.

Jude Kelly, the venue’s artistic director, said this of Davies: “Enigmatic, provocative and literate – his razor-sharp observations on British society have coloured perceptions of ourselves for nearly 50 years.”

Davies commented, “My wish for Meltdown 2011 is that it will be a creative celebration through the decades. A bridge between the past present and future. I am thrilled to be asked to suggest what I hope will be a diverse program, particularly as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.”

Past Meltdowns have been curated by such luminaries as David Bowie, Nick Cave, Scott Walker, John Peel, Patti Smith and many more. Davies’ lineup for the festival will be announced in 2011.