15 JUN 2018 – 24 JUN 2018

Meltdown 2018 has been nominated Festival Of The Year in the 2019 Music Week Awards. 

Robert Smith curated the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival in its 25th year. Smith is the lead singer and principal songwriter of The Cure, and its only constant member since the group formed in 1978.

One of popular music’s defining bands, The Cure took the ‘alternative rock’ genre mainstream around the world and garnered numerous awards including a Brit Award for Best British Band, an MTV Icon Award, a Q Inspiration Award and NME’s Godlike Genius Award. Smith has also been presented with an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.

An iconic figure in his own right, Smith’s influence reaches across popular culture, film, art, and fashion.

His many collaborations include performing and recording with artists as varied as David Bowie, Billy Corgan, Blink 182, The Stranglers, Placebo, Crystal Castles, Faithless, Korn and 65daysofstatic.

Meltdown is one of the UK’s most anticipated music events each year, in which an iconic artist curates their own personal festival, revealing their interests and influences. Robert Smith follows in the footsteps of such legendary curators as Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Massive Attack, Ornette Coleman and 2017’s M.I.A.

I have finally figured out my Meltdown festival psychedelic puzzle… and it really is just like heaven… 10 delirious June days at London’s Southbank Centre await!
Robert Smith
Enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring artists from the festival
Listen to a Spotify playlist specially curated by the singer
Listen to this Spotify playlist and hear some of the big beasts of the instrument world
Listen to this Spotify playlist and step away from the bustle of everyday life
Have your finger on the pulse and be the very first to hear a brand new piece of music
Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist
If you are a romantic at heart listen to this Spotify playlist and stirs your inner emotions
The Austrian percussionist and composer shares a special Spotify playlist of his favourite artists
The Icelandic composer shares some of his favourite artists in this Spotify playlist
Watch a short video interview with the artist and hear a playlist of his work
Listen to the evolution of music from rhythm and blues to hip hop
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of artists from New Music Biennial 2019
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
A Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for the CHIC-est of Meltdowns
Enjoy the sarod players’ favourite music in these Spotify playlists
Listen to a chronological Spotify playlist of the revolutionary composer’s work
Enjoy this Spotify Playlist of tracks featuring samples from Nile Rodgers’ music
Enjoy a Spotify playlist packed with hits from the Meltdown curator’s remarkable back catalogue
Listen to a specially curated Spotify playlist from Sam Pillay
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019

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