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
Leading figures from three decades of the Series share memorable stories from behind-the-scenes
See how puppetry is used to recreate the wonder of turn-of-the-century circus
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
Discover what's new with the library’s online presence
Take a look at some of the first acts and events to grace our reopened venues
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
See exclusive behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s Meltdown performance
Pluto, one of our volunteer gardeners, tells us what Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden means to him.
Our fabulous Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden is now open for the summer
The conducting superstar delivers expert advice to five talented women conductors
Delve into the minds of two musical greats in this short film featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Join the conductor and pianist as they prepare to perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major at Edinburgh International Festival, 2015.
Christopher Nupen shares his films and memories of Jacqueline du Pre
Dan Zanes and Friends performed at Southbank Centre
A video exclusive from Gabby Young & Other Animals
These brilliant musicians perform music from the movies that made Clint Eastwood a star
BBC Earth give us a glimpse of Planet Earth with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Dan Zanes performs All Around The Kitchen
This major survey exhibition covered every period of Tracey Emin's career
Pipilotti Rist talks about her exhibition Eyeball Massage

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