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
Listen to the best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Hear music that has inspired this innovative composer and video maker
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Find out more about British composer Helen Grime and Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür
Catch up on the Oscar-winning actress discussing her autobiography In Pieces at London Literature Festival
Meet Dai Fujikura, Vito Žuraj and Oliver Christophe Leith
What music inspires this acclaimed contemporary composer?
What are the Herne Hill pop duo listening to right now?
Discover how the Israeli-American pianist got started – and how Meryl Streep inspires him
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
The Brazilian has gone from child prodigy to piano legend
Learn how this cross artform collaboration is being brought to life
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor on this season's programme
The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter on the unexpected influences of her grandparents' country
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
There is so much more to this Scottish writer than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
Listen to a discussion of family dynamics, memory and desire, from two Booker Prize-winning authors
Listen to two Booker Prize-winning writers discuss how historical fiction can shed light on our present
Listen to the novelists discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history
Discover more about this intriguing composer and musician
Watch an excerpt of Mahler’s dramatic work featuring acclaimed mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung
Discover works from this groundbreaking National Poetry Library exhibition
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
Get a unique look into Hayward Gallery history with this remarkable anthology
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
These two artists prove they still have plenty to offer
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
The comedian talks us through some of his favourite performances
Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.
Find out more about one of our new associate companies
Key change-makers and activists from our WOW festival share their tips

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