Matthew Herbert and Psapp for David Byrne’s Meltdown

Matthew HerbertMatthew Herbert and Anna Calvi are among the first acts confirmed as performers at David Byrne’s forthcoming Meltdown season at London’s Southbank.

Taking place 17-30 August, the festival is a celebration of the one time Talking Heads frontman, now respected author’s, suitably eclectic musical tastes.

Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, drone group Sunn O))) and British auteur Young Marble Giants are among the first wave of artists to be named on the bill.

Other highlights include a celebration of African funk star William Onyeabor’s music in Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor; and eight-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performing jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop.

Earlier in the year, David said: ‘This is going to be exciting! I plan to invite performers I’ve seen – and I do get out – and others I’ve missed or have dreamed of seeing. It’s going to be a bit of fun puzzle solving I imagine – seeing who’s interested, who is available and what venues at Southbank Centre are appropriate.’

He will also perform with actor and director Young Jean Lee and her band in the stage production We’re Gonna Die.

Previous Meltdowns have seen the likes of James Lavelle, Jarvis Cocker and Yoko Ono take on the role of event curator.

Visit the Meltdown website to find out more and how to get tickets.