NILE RODGERS WILL CURATE 2019 MELTDOWN FESTIVAL
Grammy-winning producer Nile Rodgers has been tapped to curate the 2019 edition of Meltdown Festival in London’s Southbank Centre. Rodgers is set to produce a “hand-picked line-up of show-stopping music, art and free events” for the annual Meltdown festival, a days-long event that gives prominent musicians the ability to book acts and events at U.K.’s largest multi-venue arts center throughout the last 25 years. “Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning,” Rodgers said.
QUINCY JONES TO CELEBRATE THREE MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUMS AT O2 ARENA
Legendary musician and producer Quincy Jones is joining an orchestra to recreate three Michael Jackson albums at the O2 Arena in London. For one night only, Jones and Jules Buckley will conduct the orchestra in performances of 1979’s Off the Wall, 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad back-to-back, with a number of special guests slated to join him on June 23. The evening will also include a brand new Quincy film where the producer discusses the making of the albums. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15.
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE HUGE SHOW FOR CANADA WEEK
The Rolling Stones are going big for their only stop in Canada on the band’s No Filter Tour, announcing a Canada Day weekend show an hour north of Toronto that organizers hope will attract nearly 70,000 fans. Produced by Republic Live, ‘Canada Rocks with The Rolling Stones’ will take place June 29 at the 600-acre Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, located in Oro-Medonte. “The Stones are the greatest rock and roll band in the world and this show will, without a doubt, put Burl’s Creek on the map as a world-class destination. ‘It’s Only Rock and Roll’ but, for us it’s history in the making at Burl’s Creek,” said Eva Dunford, co-founder, Republic Live.