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Morrissey to host arts festival
Morrissey on Top of the Pops
Morrissey will put on "music and words that have excited me"
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has been made artistic director of the this year's Meltdown festival, to be held at London's South Bank Centre in June.

The singer will put together his own programme of music and arts - but the line-up is yet to be confirmed.

"For me, this is a privilege and I will rise to it," Morrissey said. "Some of you have iPods, I have Meltdown."

Previous artists to curate the annual event have included David Bowie, Elvis Costello and Nick Cave.

Meltdown prides itself on being a "cutting edge" festival of film, dance and performance as well as music, put together by a different figure every year.

Understand

"Curating Meltdown is a great opportunity for me to acknowledge some of the music and words that have excited me over the years," Morrissey said.

The South Bank Centre's Glenn Max said Morrissey understood "exactly what Meltdown is about and how to make it his own".

"Morrissey's commitment to accurately representing himself and his favourite artists will guide this festival forward this year," he said.

As singer and songwriter with The Smiths, Morrissey led one of the most influential British bands of the last two decades.

He has recently stepped up his solo work, making a new album and selling out 16,000 tickets in 90 minutes for a forthcoming concert in Manchester.




SEE ALSO:
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05 Jun 03  |  Entertainment
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13 May 03  |  Entertainment
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