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
Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Take a look at the packed line-up coming to Southbank Centre later this year
Introducing the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
Discover the actors bringing the classic epic poem to life
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Get inspiration for your next novel or poetry collection from our literary experts
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Find out which literary luminaries are on this year’s bill
See what’s coming up in our packed poetry programme
Enjoy fantastic fiction and powerful prose selected by literary experts.

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