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!
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Listen to Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell and Terrance Hayes on modern America
With so much to choose from, here are a few festival highlights
The singer and journalist on the importance of music as a tool of protest
Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
Relive the year ABBA hit the UK, with our interactive timeline
Enjoy some of the highlights of last year’s festival, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Hanks
How concern over the acceptance of surveillance culture drove the creation of Proto-type Theater’s A Machine they’re Secretly Building
Enjoy an exclusive podcast, featuring readings and discussion on the life of the great politician, from a host of big names.
What chance do African nations have of thriving in the new global and political landscape?
Discover the capital’s Black History with historian Tony Warner
Award-winning author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast
Mohamed Sarrar, of Borderline, shares his experience of escaping Sudan as a refugee.
See how M.I.A.’s Meltdown got underway with an epic opening weekend of live music and more
Africa Utopia returns with a line-up of exciting musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora
Belief and Beyond Belief festival panellist Canon Rosie Harper considers the topic of assisted dying
BBC radio station Asian Network has been a key Alchemy collaborator throughout the festival’s history.
Will Brexit be good for women, or do they risk losing hard-won rights?
Discover the key messages and themes in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
Slavoj Žižek, Yanis Varoufakis and Julian Assange discuss Europe’s future

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See the band as they prepared to play Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival, in this video

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