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
In 2008 Massive Attack became the first band to curate the iconic festival
Relive Patti Smith’s 2005 Meltdown with tracks from the festival’s acts
Enjoy tracks from Meltdown festival’s past curators
Listen to music that explores complex human emotions, chosen by our Director of Music, Gillian Moore
Listen to visionary composers and performers in this Spotify playlist
Our Director of Music shares a playlist inspired by Hayward Gallery exhibition Among the Trees
Feel the joy with a playlist featuring some of the composer’s most brilliant works, including the well-known choral movement of his Ninth Symphony. 
Enjoy a 21 track Spotify playlist curated by our head of Contemporary Music, Bengi Unsal.
Be taken far beyond the confines of your home with this special Spotify playlist of Shankar’s music
Listen to some of the best up and coming artists with our music programmer, Lexy Morvaridi’s playlist
Celebrate the life and work of a giant among composers
Listen to a Spotify playlist of tracks inspired by trees and forests
Listen to the sound of our 2020/21 season
Get ready for Grace Jones’ Meltdown with this special Spotify playlist
A Spotify mixtape of tracks from artists the musician finds influential and inspiring
The Danish band’s lead singer picks out six of his favourite tracks
A Spotify playlist from innovative music duo Ed Handley and Andy Turner
The bass player picks out six of his favourite tracks for a special Spotify playlist
Listen to some of the Australian rock musician’s most memorable tracks.
Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music of the Meltdown festival curator

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