Meltdown Festival 2009

This year’s Meltdown Festival on the South Bank is looking better and better. I already have tickets to three shows, but more great artists keep being added.

The festival is curated this year by Ornette Coleman, a free jazz legend whose seminal release came in 1959 – the same year as Miles Davis’s. I’ve yet to listen to Ornette Coleman’s work, but he is the principle inspiration behind one of my favourite bands, The Bad Plus, and his selection of musicians for the Meltdown is awesome.

We’re going to see Yoko Ono (with Cornelius), Charlie Haden (with The Bad Plus) and Ornette Coleman himself. Bring it right on!

And if money were no object I’d also go and see James Blood Ulmer, The Roots, Led Bid, Acoustic Ladyland and Bobby McFerrin!

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