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
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian
The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Read our rapid-fire interview with the two-time Booker Prize-winning author
Get to know Nordic Noir in our short interview with the Finnish crime writer
Watch the author talk you through his bookshelves in this first episode of our new video series
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
J. K. Rowling launches The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults
What was it that made Salome such a scandal?
Southbank Centre hosts the UK’s largest gathering of the world’s poets
Why are the inequalities in the way mentally ill people are treated?

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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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