‘Mental Health And The Music Industry’ Event to Replace Frightened Rabbit at Meltdown Fest

Musicians 'speaking out in the media and in their songs about struggles with mental health'

With the music world still reeling from the tragic loss of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, London’s Meltdown Festival will host a “Mental Health and the Music Industry” panel in lieu of the band’s perviously scheduled June 19 appearance.

Hutchison was found dead at a South Queensferry marina in May, days after he was last seen at the nearby Dakota Hotel.

The festival, which is curated by The Cure’s Robert Smith, will do its part to focus on mental wellness in the industry.

“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,” reads a statement from the Southbank Centre.

More info, via Southbank Centre:

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.

Meltdown Festival started on June 15 and runs until June 24 at the Southbank Centre. Artists playing the festival include My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, the Cure, Mogwai, Death Cab For Cutie, and more.

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