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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Go behind-the-scenes and listen to the best bits from our monthly curated event
The much-loved comedian and actor looks back at his remarkable career
Listen to the documentary-maker discuss his career on screen with comedian Adam Buxton
Listen to the comedian discuss her new book in this special podcast
Listen to Malorie Blackman discuss her latest novel Crossfire
Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Listen to the twelfth episode of our podcast series on the impact of Karlheinz Stockhausen on music
Listen to the best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
Listen to the eleventh episode of our podcast series as comedians and comedy writers talk politics
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
Listen to a special podcast, recorded live at 2018’s London Literature Festival
Hear comedians including Dave Gorman, Maisie Adam and Glenn Moore answer questions on comedy
The seventh episode of our monthly podcast looks ahead to 2019’s SoundState festival. Take a listen
Listen to Sue Perkins discuss her book East of Croydon
Listen to the sixth episode of our podcast series as we take a comedic turn
Listen to Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell and Terrance Hayes on modern America
Relive special moments from this year’s festival with these podcasts
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures with Akala and David Olusoga
Listen to The Who frontman discussing his new memoir in this special podcast
Listen to Anna Burns discuss her Man Booker award-winning novel, Milkman
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
Listen to the third episode of our monthly podcast, a preview of Unlimited
Listen to the second episode of our monthly podcast, as we discuss writing and the novel.
Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
Listen to the second episode of our literary podcast, recorded backstage at Man Booker 50
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
Go behind the scenes at Meltdown with the first episode of our new podcast series
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners
Listen to this explanatory podcast with architect Richard Battye
Listen to award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this great podcast from WOW 2018
Speakers including MPs Jo Swinson, Anna Soubry, Sophie Walker and Tulip Siddiq share their experiences
Hear from leading women in the creative industries creating change including Vanessa Kingori, Publishing Director at Vogue UK

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