Morrissey has been appointed artistic director of the twelfth annual Meltdown Festival at London's South Bank Centre in June.

The Mancunian singer was the former frontman of celebrated eighties band The Smiths before he embarked on a successful solo career.

He has lived in California for the last ten years and rarely visits England.

Morrissey said: "For me, this is a privilege and I will rise to it. Curating Meltdown is a great opportunity for me to acknowledge some of the music and words that have excited me over the years. Some of you have Ipods, I have Meltdown."

His first album for seven years, 'You Are The Quarry', will be released by Attack! Records through Sanctuary on 17 May.

Previous Meltdown directors include Nick Cave, John Peel, Scott Walker and David Bowie.