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
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
The celebrated writer and performer discusses the roots of his new work, Prurience
The author, advertising consultant and expert on Generation M shares her thoughts.
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
Discover the most unusual performance the composer and musician has been part of
Composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin
The presenter talks about her book OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic Messed Up Life Can Be
The legendary activist talks about women, race and class in the post-Trump era
Listen to the Nigerian novelist speaking live at Southbank Centre's Women of the World 2017
Hear a panel discuss what challenges lie ahead for British women, post-Brexit

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