By: Spacelab Research Staff
The 2008 Meltdown Festival has named Massive Attack as its Artistic Directors to curate this year's festival. Massive Attack will play, and they're promising 30 other shows, installations and films during the nine day event.
In a recent post on the newly reformed Massive attack web site, Robert Del Naja said" Meltdown is a beautiful daydream-drawing up a list of the artists you would most love to be with in the same place with during one week in summer. plans are being hatched every minute. We will try and bring a very visual element to the party as well as a social/political depth.What follows is a couple of months of ducking and dodging line up questions,closing in on a firm album shape and hassling and haranguing super icons and peers to perform.. legend to agent-'massive who?'"
Past curators have included Patti Smith, John Peel, Nick Cave, and Mr. David Bowie himself. Massive Attack sits in pretty esteemed company to be assigned the duty of curating the festival.
This will be the 15th Meltdown Festival, which takes place in Southbank Centre in London for 'nine days of concerts, DJ sets, talks, films, and visual art.' The full lineup will be announced soon.
The Meltdown announcement reads:
"Ever since emerging out of the Bristol club scene in the late 1980s, Massive Attack have always been musical innovators, pushing barriers forward with every release and working with a wide range of collaborators including Tricky, Portishead, Liz Fraser, Sinead O’Connor, Mos Def and Damon Albarn."
Maybe this means they'll be releasing their long-awaited, much anticipated, waiting to be celebrated album soon?
Massive Attack are also promising more festival appearances this summer, to be announced shortly.
In other Massive Attack news, Robert Del Naja and Neil Davidge have been hard at work on film scores for thre upcoming projects. In Prison My Whole Life, Trouble The Water, and Battle In Seattle. Trouble The Water won the Grand Jury Prize at the recent Sundance Film Festival, and all three films will be released in 2008.