Cultural attractions at Meltdown Festival 2016


Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

One of the cultural highlights of the London calendar, Meltdown Festival is renowned for offering an innovative and interesting line-up of some of the best musicians and acts from around the world, and 2016 promises to be another great year.

Now in its 23rd year, the annual event is organised by a shining light from the field of music, with this year’s honour going to the lead singer of Indie rockers Elbow and 6 Music DJ and presenter Guy Garvey.

Amazing artists at Meltdown Festival 2016

Previous curators of this special attraction have included such famous names as David Bowie, Morrissey, John  Peel, Elvis Costello and many more besides. It is therefore with great pleasure that the organisers are adding the lead singer of one of the UK’s most iconic bands of the last 20 years to this prestigious list in 2016.

Ahead of this year’s showcase, Garvey commented: “Much like my work on TV and radio I see this as the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some amazing new talent while 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.”

The full line-up of acts at this year’s festival is yet to be announced, but full details will soon be released via the official Southbank centre website.

When is the festival on?

Running from June 10th to 19th, this year’s festival will be championing both new and established artists, with a full complement of groundbreaking and popular acts to keep visitors entertained during their time in London.

Underground travel to Meltdown Festival 2016

Festivalgoers hoping to take the stress out of their travel arrangements might like to consider planning their journey via the famous London Underground network. This extensive system of underground rail lines serves every part of the English capital and makes travelling around the city a breeze. Stations located in close proximity to the festival venue include:

  • Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern, Waterloo & City lines): 6 minutes’ travel time on foot
  • Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines): 10 minutes
  • Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines): 13 minutes
  • Southwark (Jubilee line): 13 minutes
  • Lambeth North (Bakerloo line): 13 minutes
  • Charing Cross Underground (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 14 minutes
  • Temple (Circle and District lines): 14 minutes

Meanwhile, visitors to the area can also make use of overground rail services from the nearby stations of Waterloo, London Waterloo East and Charing Cross. Full details of all public transport services for the area can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.

Nearby parking for drivers

Anyone planning to hire a car and drive during their time in the English capital can make use of a wide range of parking facilities in the vicinity of the Southbank Centre. Visitors can pre-book their stay in many instances, with local parking options including:

  • Doon Street Car Park (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot)
  • National Theatre Car Park (0.1 miles, two minutes)
  • Hungerford Bridge Car Park (400 ft, two minutes)
  • Cornwall Road Car Park (0.3 miles, five minutes)
  • Leake Court Car Park (0.2 miles, four minutes)
  • APCOA Waterloo Station Car Park (0.2 miles, four minutes)
  • Waterloo C Car Park (0.6 miles, 11 minutes)
  • Baynard House Car Park (one mile, 21 minutes)
  • Coleshill Parkway (0.7 miles, 15 minutes)
  • Tolpuddle Street Car Park (0.6 miles, 14 minutes)

Motorists planning to drive to Meltdown Festival 2016 should be advised that traffic volumes in the centre of London can be high throughout the day, especially during the busy morning and evening rush hours.

It is therefore suggested that travellers plan their journey in advance to avoid these busy times, ensuring their travel to and from the festival is a s stress-free as possible.

Great attractions at Meltdown Festival 2016

It is not just a varied selection of great musical acts that make Meltdown Festival a fantastic option for London visitors looking for fun in the coming months, as there are a wide selection of other great sights to see and activities to enjoy at the Southbank Centre and the surrounding area.

A changing roster of exhibitions and showcases are available for Southbank guests, while the local area is chock-full of amazing attractions, including the world famous sites of the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the London Eye, Covent Garden, St Paul’s Cathedral and much, much more.