This year’s Meltdown Festival, curated by Robert Smith of The Cure, will tonight hold an event discussing mental health in the music industry during the time which would have been filled by Frightened Rabbit‘s headline performance.
Due to the tragic death of the band’s frontman Scott Hutchison last month in circumstances which are becoming all too common within the industry, Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal, musician and poet Dizraeli, Christine Brown of the music charity Help Musicians UK and clinical psychologist Dr. Jay Watts will instead partake in the seminar.
“The music industry has seen a number of devastating losses of life in recent years, and ever-increasing numbers of musicians are speaking out in the media and in their songs about struggles with mental health,” a statement reads.
“Musicians Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses) and Stefan Olsdal (Placebo), musician and poet Dizraeli, and Christine Brown, Director of External Affairs at leading music charity Help Musicians UK, discuss the current state of mental health in the music industry. The conversation is moderated by clinical psychologist Dr Jay Watts.”
“This special event replaces the cancelled Frightened Rabbit performance in Queen Elizabeth Hall on 19 June.”