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
Amrita Riat offers an overview of the British Asian artists here at Alchemy
Hip-hop artist Akala discusses men and sexual and racial taboos
J. K. Rowling launches The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults
Tony Benn talks to activist and writer John Rees about the formation of the Labour Party
Sir Tim Berners-Lee appeared in conversation with Professor Richard Susskind OBE
Edna Adan gives a keynote on why she built her country’s first maternity hospital
Tony Benn discusses the founding of the Labour Party
The children from Imagine Children's Festival interviewed Wayne Hemingway about housing
For Imagine Children's Festival 2013 the kids are taking over!
The children at Imagine Festival interview writer Frank Cottrell Boyce
Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the Web
Find out about European composers in America
Hear about the influence of Picasso's Guernica
Why are the inequalities in the way mentally ill people are treated?
Hear the story of a suicidal man and the good samaritan who saved him
Rob Delaney talks about mental health, addiction and recovery
We speak to Brian Dow, the Director of External Affairs for Rethink Mental Illness

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