Last music written by John Lennon to be performed at Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown festival

10:39 05 April 2013

Yoko Ono is curating Meltdown. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Yoko Ono is curating Meltdown. File picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The last music written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released just weeks before Lennon’s death, will be performed for the first time at a London festival.

Double Fantasy, released three weeks before the former Beatle was shot dead, will be performed at the Meltdown festival at Southbank Centre.

Ono is curating this year’s Meltdown festival, which takes place from June 14 to June 23.

Performers at the event include Siouxsie, Peaches, Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull and Iggy and the Stooges.

Ono said: “It’s not only a great honour to curate Meltdown in its 20th year, it’s also a lot of fun to be able to invite many of my favourite performers, activists and favourite collaborators to join me”.

The festival opens with Ono performing with her YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, and the launch of an extensive film programme at the BFI, curated by Ono and including rare films by her and Lennon.

Also at the BFI, Eisenstein’s classic film, Battleship Potemkin, will be screened for the first time with the recorded Pet Shop Boys/Dresdner Sinfoniker soundtrack written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.

Previous Meltdown director Smith will return to Southbank Centre for an Evening of Music and Words on June 21, while Faithfull will take to the stage on June 22 with leading Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.

Ono has invited Boy George for a very special appearance at this year’s Meltdown, at the QEH on June 23.

Tickets to Meltdown go on sale to Southbank Centre members at 10am on April 9, and on general sale at 10am on April 11.

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