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Massive Attack to curate Meltdown
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Massive Attack are best known for hits such as Teardrop
Trip-Hop group Massive Attack have been named artistic directors of the 15th Meltdown festival at London's Southbank Centre this June.

"We want this year's festival to have a strong political and visual element to it to reflect our influences and obsessions," the group said.

Previous curators include Morrissey, David Bowie and Jarvis Cocker.

The nine-day event, which started in 1993, includes concerts, DJ sets, talks, films, and visual arts.

Anti-war movement

"Our aim is to mix it up a bit by instigating collaborations that make sense and probably some that don't," said Massive Attack in a statement.

Since they emerged from Bristol's club scene in the late 1980s, the band have enjoyed a steady stream of hits such as Teardrop and Unfinished Sympathy.

Glenn Max, who is the producer of contemporary culture at the Southbank Centre said the group embodied "the promiscuous intermingling of late 20th-century music".

The band's core members, Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall, have worked with a wide range of artists including Tricky, Portishead, Sinead O'Connor, Madonna and Damon Albarn.

As well as making music, the band were also heavily involved in the anti-war movement in 2003, working closely with the Red Cross, the Stop The War Coalition and Oxfam.

Last year they played two benefit gigs for the Hoping Foundation.

The charity offers support to Palestinian children living in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.

The Meltdown festival takes place from 14 June.



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