15 – 24 JUN 2018

Meltdown 2018 was nominated for Music Week Awards' Festival of the Year and won the AIM Independent Music Awards' Act of Independence award. 

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
Find out about our free, open-air exhibition celebrating key workers
The writer and cultural historian reflects on a post-lockdown visit to the Hayward Gallery exhibition
Watch a short video introducing the Southbank Centre’s outdoor exhibition
Take a look at our outdoor exhibition Everyday Heroes, ahead of its opening
Hayward Gallery is reopening! Find out more about our exhibition celebrating trees and forests
Our exhibition reimagining how we think about trees and forests returns on 1 August
Find out about the artist behind our latest Hayward Gallery billboard
Join poet Holly Corfield Carr, exploring human and non-human ways of looking at and listening to trees
Hayward Gallery’s Marie-Charlotte Carrier explores how trees challenge our sense of time
Hear from the artist about how she created her huge, cinematic portrait of a spruce tree
See how the artist created her fairytale-like installation Forêt Palatine entirely from cardboard
The painter unpacks some of the themes and influences behind his work with writer Patrick Langley
Artists, writers and tree specialists introduce us to some leafy urban stalwarts
George Shaw discusses his painting, which features in the Hayward Gallery exhibition Among the Trees
Join Hayward Gallery Director, Ralph Rugoff, on a virtual tour of the exhibition
Find out how this artist uses natural materials to deal with big ideas and transform the way we think
Writer Paul Wood reveals the story behind the trees that line London’s streets
Listen to a Spotify playlist of tracks inspired by trees and forests
Hayward Gallery’s Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson offers his answer
Find out more about the artist’s exhibition at Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space

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