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Elbow singer Guy Garvey to curate 2016 Meltdown festival

Elbow's Guy Garvey has been announced as the curator of next year's Meltdown festival.

The multi-genre art event is due to take place at London's Southbank Centre between June 10 and 19.

The singer follows in the footsteps of David Byrne, who helmed the festival in 2015.

Garvey commented: "I see this as the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some amazing new talent whilst recognising and celebrating the artists that have had an influence on the new sounds of today.

"Beyond that I want my Meltdown to be a party where everyone feels invited and everyone leaves having had the best night out."

Artistic director at Southbank Centre Jude Kelly added: "Guy Garvey's outright enthusiasm for sharing music and introducing new art and artists to the widest possible audience fits hand-and-glove with what Southbank Centres strives for across its festival programme.

"Guy is an exciting choice – his contagious energy and creative spark has inspired an avid following, not to mention critical acclaim – and is the perfect figure to continue the Meltdown legacy."

The annual festival began life in 1993 and its programme ranges from music to art.

Garvey meanwhile will release his first solo album 'Courting the Squall' on October 30.

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