Grace Jones onstage at Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in June 2007.
Mark Mawston recalls, "I was hoping that the chance I’d been given of photographing Grace in a rare UK appearance wouldn’t disappoint. It didn’t. Grace was one of the many national treasures, industry legends, heartthrobs, and bright young things who took to the stage for the now near-legendary Forest Of No Return Disney night as part of Jarvis Cockers Meltdown on the Southbank in 2007.
Although she was mid-line up, Grace was easily one of (if not the) most memorable acts of the night, even though one group consisted of Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty, Shane Magowan, and Nick Cave! A mini stage was placed on the one in front of us and as she mounted it, air canisters within the mini stage inflated her rather wonderful costume as she sang, giving the impression she was flying. The dress took on the look of parachute silk descending to earth with her attached to it, as it rippled along with the music. It was simply wonderful.
This shot appeared in the Observer Music Magazine as well as on the front page of The Telegraph a year or so later to celebrate her 60th birthday (the full page pics had my shot of Grace at 60, Madonna at 50, and Kylie at 40 all celebrating milestones at the same time). The picture, as well as the performance, showed that Grace had lost none of her showmanship or ability to surprise, which may be why she has been invited to host her own Meltdown festival, delayed after two years after the pandemic, in June 2022 and I was very happy that this picture was used to promote that fact in the initial press releases by the Royal Festival Hall.
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