Live, and in conversation

Boy George is the latest addition to Meltdown as the Southbank event gets under way.

Curated by Antony Hegarty, this year's Meltdown looks quite special. The New York based artist has curated a wide ranging bill, which includes everyone from iconic songwriters - step forward, Lou Reed - to left field visual artists.

Swiftly getting under way, the line up for Meltdown has just received a new addition. One time Culture Club icon turned DJ and raconteur, Boy George is set to appear at the London festival.

Long associated with Antony - the pair duetted for the Mercury award winning album 'I Am A Bird Now' - Boy George plans to make two appearances at the event. Firstly, Antony will probe the singer about his life and work, allowing the pair to wax lyrical about their idiosyncratic approaches to songwriting.

Elsewhere, Boy George is planning to perform an unplugged set which will include both established classics and new material.

Here's a quick quote from Antony: "I am really looking forward to the next two weeks! Come and see my heroine Selda Bagçan with me on the 2nd! And Hal Willner's Freedom Rides is going to be utterly beautiful".

Alongside music, fans can expect attention to fall on visual arts. "I have spent the last two weeks editing a magazine which features art, poetry, photography, and interviews from all this Meltdown's participants, and it will be available at the Southbank during the festival. I feel honoured and privileged to be a part of these proceedings, appearing amongst so many artists that I adore.”

Meltdown runs between August 1st - 12th. 'Boy George: in Conversation and Performance' takes place on August 8th.

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