French wonder Christine and the Queens recently released Redcar les adorables étoiles, an introduction to the next chapter in Chris Letissier's complex musical identity and the first in a series of albums released under the alias Redcar. Today, he was announced as the curator for London's Meltdown Festival that's happening on June 9 through June 18 at Southbank Centre. “Chris will be the youngest-ever curator of Meltdown in its 27-year history, an incredible testament to his international pop prowess," the centre's head of contemporary music Adem Holness said. "We are incredibly excited to be working with such an ambitious artist who, I am sure, will show us all what more Meltdown can be as a festival and a celebration.”
Chris follows in the footsteps of previous curators including The Cure’s Robert Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Jarvis Cocker. “I will actually pick musicians that have some gut-wrenching quality, and I wish for all of us to stroll around in those ten days being rejuvenated by artistic gestures," Chris shared. "Discoveries. The time Meltdown takes is quite exquisite, the abundance feels appropriately generous too. We need this for ourselves, art in the city, art for the citizen, collective catharsis, a wonderful purge of the soul. I hope you’ll enjoy this glorious edition and again, long live poetry that burns and musicians crazy and brave enough to keep going—they are shaping the emotions of the future. Let’s thank them all!”
See his announcement below, and keep up with festival updates here.