15 JUN 2018 – 24 JUN 2018

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
Enjoy a Spotify playlist packed with hits from the Meltdown curator’s remarkable back catalogue
Listen to a specially curated Spotify playlist from Sam Pillay
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019
Enjoy nine inspirational pieces of music from the jazz saxophonist in this Spotify playlist
The singer shares ten tracks she’s listening to right now in a special Spotify playlist
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019
Listen to a selection of tracks handpicked by Elheist, and a Bonnie Banane playlist
Listen to a playlist of music from MK ULTRA and the score it influenced
Listen to this specially curated playlist of ‘the father of South African jazz’
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlist from the former Mercury Prize nominee
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlists from Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas
Listen to music from acts playing Southbank Centre in autumn in this Spotify playlist
Listen to this Spotify playlist curated by Dom Thomas of the psychedelic pop group
Luis Vasquez shares a selection of tracks inspired by Meltdown in this Spotify playlist
Listen to this Spotify playlist put together by founder member John Helps
Enjoy this atmospheric twelve track Spotify playlist from the hypnotic, electronic Italian band

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