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

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How the German composer’s influence extends from pop to present day electronic music
Leading figures from three decades of the Series share memorable stories from behind-the-scenes
Listen to a specially curated Spotify playlist from Sam Pillay
Enjoy fantastic shows, an amazing interactive installation, and free music fun
Discover more about one of the 21st century’s most consistently thrilling pianists
Read a special interview with the choreographer ahead of her return to London
How far will you go to win someone’s trust?
Enjoy a look back at classic live performances by ‘the finest living exponent of the sarod’.
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Take a look at all of our egg-cellent musical activities
For World Book Day, take a look at these books celebrating characters and stories often reduced to the margins
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
Is your favourite fictional feline on our list?
Find out more about the celebrated Russian pianist
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The quartet’s violist looks ahead to their Southbank Centre performance
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
Enjoy this scrumptious rhubarb-based chocolate tart recipe
Keep the kids entertained with fun, interactive events and performances
Find out more about the life of the legendary Italian pianist
The co-founder of CHIC is named as the curator of the 26th Meltdown festival
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019
Find out more about this sculpture
See live performances from artists including Actress, James Lavelle, Sergio Mendes, Virginia Wing, Amjad Ali Khan and more
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
Enjoy nine inspirational pieces of music from the jazz saxophonist in this Spotify playlist
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
From windows into our history, to great spaces to relax and unwind
IPS 2017/18

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A look into our archive at some of the pianist’s memorable London performances
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
Best friends Ross and Tom tell us how to make a vegan jackfruit pot pie
Discover more about the Canadian pianist and her British roots
The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
The singer shares ten tracks she’s listening to right now in a special Spotify playlist
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to a special podcast, recorded live at 2018’s London Literature Festival
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
The singer and writer introduces the Jewish composer
Hear music that has inspired this innovative composer and video maker
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Get a flavour of this year’s jam-packed programme
Discover more about this Italian rising star
Hear comedians including Dave Gorman, Maisie Adam and Glenn Moore answer questions on comedy
Take a look back at 2018 at Southbank Centre through some of our favourite instagram posts
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Take a look at our countdown of famous feature films shot here at Southbank Centre
Listen to the composer’s work, and discover more about its creation

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