Antony's Meltdown at the Southbank Centre - Preview

Antony’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre – Preview

Antony’s Meltdown at the Southbank Centre premieres an ecclectic and eccentric world of music, performance art and visual spectacle.

Our highlights include Joey Arias who will channel Billie Holiday, CocoRosie, Hercules & Love Affair (in the gorgeous Priceless London Wonderground), Hal Willner and an incredible planetarium show by Lynette Wallworth.

Here’s our video rundown! Click here for the full programme or Listen to the Spotify Playlist here 

1. CocoRosie | 4 August | £25/20/15

Beautifully dark sisters CocoRosie are joined by Yasmine and Jessica 6.

2. Hercules & Love Affair | 6 August | £25

A rare chance to see H&LA with Antony on guest vocals in the sumptuous surroundings of the Priceless London Wonderground.

3. Joey Arias | 8 August | £20/15

Performance artist and cabaret singer Joey Arias is an icon of the underground New York scene. For this Meltdown show, Arias presents Strange Fruit, in which he channels legendary jazz and blues singer, Billie Holiday, adopting her onstage mannerisms and vocal style with startling accuracy.

4. Coral: ReKindling Venus | 12 August | 

Coral: ReKindling Venus is a groundbreaking immersive film for digital planetariums. It is the latest work by the extraordinary Australian artist Lynette Wallworth. Revealing the strange, rich and dramatic virtuosity of the ocean, the film freefalls through an unfamiliar constellation of underwater life, from flower anemones, and weedy sea dragons to fluorescent corals and sea angels. Melding with this spectacular watery portal is a haunting soundscape featuring Max Richter, Fennesz Sakamoto, Gurrumul, Tanya Tagaq Gillis and a new song written especially for the film by Antony and the Johnsons.

5. Hal Willner: Freedom Rides | 12 August | £40/32.50/25

The maverick music producer Hal Willner brings his singular genius for curating multi-artist concept shows to the music of the civil rights movement. An all-star cast including many surprise guests joins a mind-blowing band and choir to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, which integrated the interstate bus system and helped bring America’s and the world’s attention to the deprivations of the segregated South.

ps. If you’re looking for something completely dark & different try Diamanda Galás or the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.