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
Watch a short video introducing the Southbank Centre’s outdoor exhibition
Our exhibition reimagining how we think about trees and forests returns on 1 August
Watch a moving performance in tribute to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all victims of racial injustice
Watch highlights from the comedian and musician’s 2012 performance
Enjoy this remarkable performance piece, filmed here at Southbank Centre in 2018
How will Coronavirus affect the climate crisis, and what lessons can we learn from it?
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
Celebrate the legendary musician and composer with archive footage and the words of Anoushka Shankar
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
Hayward Gallery’s Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson offers his answer
Actors Liadán Dunlea and Fra Fee read 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' by Gearóid Mac Lochlain
The artist joins the Hayward Gallery director to discuss her work and recent exhibition
Find out how the artist’s early works shaped her style
The choreographer introduces her new show in this video
A look at the exhibition from Katy Hessel, the woman behind Instagram account, Great Women Artists
Find out about the artist’s use of the contrast between black and white

Pages

meltdown 2018 stories

story
Take a look at some of the best images from across the ten days of 2018’s Meltdown festival
video
See the band as they prepared to play Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival, in this video

watch videos from meltdown