South Bank London

Chaka Khan's Meltdown

Chaka Khan curates the 29th edition of the annual Meltdown festival at Southbank Centre.

Dates

14 Jun - 23 Jun 2024

Ticket Information

Tickets and programming will be announced in the spring

Location Info

Address
Southbank Centre, London, UK

The iconic singer and musician Chaka Khan brings her incredible voice and global influence to the 29th edition of Meltdown, the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival.

Celebrating 50 years of a pioneering career, Chaka Khan will be bringing her incredible voice and global influence to the Southbank Centre during the ten-day summer festival that includes dozens of concerts, parties and a host of free activations to look forward to.

Commenting on her curatorship, Khan said, ‘‘The Southbank Centre's about to light up! We're going to funk it up, rock every crowd, and touch every soul. It's a community celebration, an all-ages bash. Join us and immerse yourself in a world that's vibrant, diverse, and absolutely unforgettable.’

Free festival event highlights

In addition to scores of superb ticketed concerts, Chaka Khan's Meltdown features an eclectic lineup of free DJ parties on the Riverside Terrace across the two weekends of the festival (Fri from 6pm, Sat, Sun from 2pm), a special edition of the monthly new music showcase futuretense on Thu 20 June and Love What You Feel, an immersive yoga session from Adrienne Everett accompanied by live improvised classical piano by Karim Kamar (Wed 19 June at 7pm).

Chaka Khan's Meltdown live music highlights

CHAKA KHAN
Fri 14 Jun, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  | Tickets from £60
The incomparable curator of this year’s Meltdown festival celebrates 50 years of a pioneering career with a concert of her biggest hits – and ‘Ain’t Nobody’ does it better.

CHAKA KHAN & NU CIVILISATION ORCHESTRA
Sun 23 Jun, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £60 
For the finale of this year’s Meltdown festival, Khan brings her incredible voice and global influence to this concert alongside the uncategorisable Nu Civilisation Orchestra.

EMELI SANDÉ
Sat 15 Jun, 7:30pm Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £35
An icon of British singer-songwriting takes to the stage: emotional, honest and with a heartfelt pop sensibility, Emeli Sandé has a decade of hits to her name.

LES AMAZONES D’ AFRIQUE
Fri 14 Jun, 7:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer  |  Tickets £22.50
The diasporic female vocal collective brings a new, uncontainable, uncategorisable music and message from Africa for the world.

MASTER PEACE 
Sat 15 Jun, 7:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer  |  Tickets from £18.50
Master Peace brings his weird, wonderful and cacophonous musical world to the stage as part of this year’s Meltdown.

TODRICK HALL
Sun 16 Jun, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £35
Step into the world of storytelling sensation Todrick Hall, where talent, advocacy and unapologetic self-expression collide in an unforgettable performance.

RAHSAAN PATTERSON
Sun 16 Jun, 7:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall   |  Tickets from £35
Share a night of eclectic music with Rahsaan Patterson, who bridges the worlds of R&B, funk, jazz, gospel and electronica.

ANAIIS 
Sun 16 Jun, 7:45pm, Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall  |  Tickets from £20
Settle in for a stunning performance as anaiis shares unreleased music inspired by her travels to Brazil and featuring Meltdown’s very own choir.

SPEAKERS CORNER QUARTET & GUILDHALL SESSION ORCHESTRA
Mon 17 Jun, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £25
For 15 years, Raven Bush, Peter Bennie, Kwake Bass, and Biscuit have been the heartbeat of South London's music scene, uniting artists and audiences alike as the Speakers Corner Quartet. Coming together with the 35-piece Guildhall Session Orchestra, they present brand new compositions alongside orchestral reworks from their debut album.

AN EVENING WITH BRUCE HORNSBY 
Tue 18 Jun, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £30
Swing along to the rock-related sounds of the American singer-songwriter, a staple of the blues rock, country rock and folk rock scenes of the southern states.

MICA PARIS 
Wed 19 Jun, 7pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall   |  Tickets from £20
Join us for a powerhouse evening with Mica Paris, the vocalist whose career has taken her from a church choir to topping the charts.

INCOGNITO: 45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Wed 19 Jun, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £35
Celebrating their 45th anniversary, the acid-jazz, funk and soul collective bring their infectious grooves to life, with music from their latest album, Into You.

SIPHO.
Wed 19 Jun, 7:45pm, Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall  |  Tickets from £17.50 
The singer and songwriter takes us on a journey through the deepest parts of his inner world in this intimate, personal and powerful concert.

REUBEN JAMES 
Thu 20 June, 7:30pm Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall  |  Tickets from £20
Rising star British singer, songwriter and pianist Reuben James takes to the floor for an evening of soul, jazz and spellbinding songs.

LADY BLACKBIRD 
Thu 20 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £30
Soak up the soaring music and lyrics of Lady Blackbird, whose jazz-infused hits and soulful covers reflect her journey of taking flight.

JUDI JACKSON
Thu 20 June, 7:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall  |  Tickets from £25
With a voice that demands to be heard live, the rising-star jazz vocalist takes to the stage to spread love at this year's Meltdown.After winning vocalist of the year at the 2020 Jazz FM awards, Judi Jackson has continued to put her world-class talent in the spotlight, releasing her full-length debut album Grace in 2023.

BALIMAYA PROJECT 
Fri 21 June, 7:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer  |  Tickets from £25
Born from the fusion of West African rhythms and the vibrant sounds of London, feel the beat of the Balimaya Project in this multi-genre concert.

WAR
Fri 21 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall   |  Tickets from £35
Formed in 1969, the original street band fuses soulful sounds with a mission to spread a message of brotherhood and harmony.

MORCHEEBA
Sat 22 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall  |  Tickets from £30
Genre-mashing Morcheeba take on Meltdown with the band’s signature fusion of downbeat, chill, electro-pop and soul music. Audiences can expect songs from their new album Blackest Blue and more.

BIG JOANIE 
Sat 22 June, 7:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer |  Tickets from £15 
The iconic Black feminist punk band return to the Meltdown stage, merging the fury of 1990s riot grrrl with synth-heavy post punk.

HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR
Sun 23 June, 7pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall   |  Tickets from £30
Experience the fusion of the biggest house, gospel and garage tunes, brought together by the legendary House Gospel Choir.

PENG FEMME JAM 
Sun 23 June 7:45pm, Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall  |  Tickets from £10 
Make some music with the Peng Femme Jam, where female and non-binary musicians are given the spotlight to perform, jam and be their full selves.

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