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
What are the Herne Hill pop duo listening to right now?
The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter on the unexpected influences of her grandparents' country
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
Discover more about this intriguing composer and musician
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
How do you explain a ‘multi-sensory encounter of shifting sound and light’?
An exclusive interview with violinist Leonidas Kavakos
An utterly remarkable percussion solo from a true master -Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Peaches talks to music journalist Jude Rogers about social and political activism
Billy Bragg travels down to Guy Marsh Prison, Dorset getting guitars into prisons
An audio podcast on the legend that is Duke Ellington
How does Shankar's music continue to resonate today?
Performed by Southbank Gamelan Players. Recorded by Richard Van Nairn
The most exciting artists from South Asia and the UK gather at Alchemy
Artists inspire each other this month at Southbank Centre

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