Broken Bells, Elvis Costello lead Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival

Just yesterday we brought you news of Rufus Wainwrights’ planned tribute concert for his mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, at this summer’s Meltdown Festival. In the 24 hours of followed, the London based festival has unveiled its full 2010 and, wow, is there a whole lot of awesomeness involved.

Of course, the whole shindig was put together by the legendary Richard Thompson, who curated this year’s lineup. In addition to the McGarrigle tribute, which will see the likes of Thompson, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Beth Orton, and Linda Ronstadt come together to perform, the festival will also feature performances from the likes of Broken Bells, Elvis Costello, Field Music, Paolo Nutini, Villagers, and Seasick Steve. What’s more, also included will be he UK premiere of ‘Cabaret of Souls,’ an 80-minute song cycle composed by Thompson about a talent contest in hell that features a performance from Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer.

Meltdown Festival runs from June 11-21 at London’s Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Tickets will go on sale starting Thursday, April 15th. For a complete scheduled and more information, click here.


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