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6 Music to celebrate David Byrne as he Meltdowns

By | Published on Tuesday 4 August 2015

David Byrne

BBC Radio 6 Music has announced a stack of programmes to celebrate the man David Byrne as his edition of the Meltdown festival kicks off at London’s Southbank Centre later this month. Among other things, he will present a show for the station, will be interviewed by Gilles Peterson, and will join Lauren Laverne as she chats to acts performing at Meltdown this year.

Confirming the special programmes at the weekend, 6 Music Head of Programmes Paul Rodgers said: “It’s terrific for 6 Music to be able to celebrate the legacy and impact of such an important musical force as David Byrne. We are delighted he is making a show for 6 Music as his playlists are fascinating”.

Byrne himself added of his own special 6 show: “I’m curating this show for 6 Music, I’m curating Meltdown. Curating is maybe an obnoxious word, it’s overused, or we think it’s overused. But there’s a certain truth to it and the question is, am I better than an algorithm or am I not? My place is to maybe give you some things you like and then some things that may surprise you and you’ve never heard before. But it’s a lot of fun when you do these kind of things, you can introduce music and people will give you the benefit of the doubt and give it a listen, which is a little bit of what’s it’s about”.

So that’s all fun. Wonder if he’ll also find time to have another good moan about the lack of transparency in the digital music age? Hope so.