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
Find out how the artist creates the intricate sculptures on display in HENI Project Space
Hear from three of the artists involved in Kiss My Genders in this roundtable discussion
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Take a first look at Kader Attia’s Hayward Gallery exhibition in this short video
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Read an interview with the artist and sculptor on his current Hayward Gallery roof commission
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Enjoy a unique view of the final pyramid rooflight's delivery to the gallery roof.
The new billboard art-work, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal, is installed at Hayward Gallery
The Infinite Mix presents UK premieres of audio-visual artworks by leading international artists
Bom Bom’s Dream (2016) follows the adventures of a Japanese dancer as she travels to Jamaica
This video promotes The Infinite Mix exhibition, presented by Hayward Gallery, in association with The Vinyl Factory.

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

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