Robert Smith on curating his Meltdown festival

The 2018 Meltdown festival was the 25th edition of our annual celebration of contemporary music. Such a sizable milestone deserves a suitably big name. Step forward Robert Smith.

In this exclusive video interview Smith discusses how he put the festival together, the thrill of discovering new music, and just how odd it is to be referred to as a legend.

ROBERT SMITH | Meltdown | Interview


I thought because it was the twenty-fifth Meltdown I’d aim big… and go for world famous artists
Robert Smith, curator of Meltdown festival 2018

Over ten sweltering June days, Robert Smith’s Meltdown brought tens of thousands of gig-goers and music fans thronging to our concert halls, night after night. They were rewarded with an incredible bill that featured 90 different artists, including such musical giants as Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, Deftones, Manic Street Preachers, The Libertines, Placebo, Death Cab For Cutie, Mogwai.


More than just Meltdown, Southbank Centre plays host to a huge number of live music gigs throughout the year. Upcoming performances this autumn include Lost Horizons, Whyte Horses Experience, Paul Weller and Moses Sumney.

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