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
See who’s joining us at this year’s festival and Poetry International
Take the chance to hear from authors, writers and publishers in a series of intimate short talks
Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Introducing an award-winning author with an increasingly global following
Take a look at the packed line-up coming to Southbank Centre later this year
Introducing the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
Big name star after big name star; take a look at the cast of the new television series
Get up to speed on the author’s two LA Quartet series.
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
Find out more about the much-hyped debut novelist
How the authors’ respective latest novels explore the boundaries from artificial intelligence
Discover the six authors and books in contention for this year’s prize
Weather taken a turn for the worse? Curl up and enjoy these eggstra special reads
Listen to the best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
For World Book Day, take a look at these books celebrating characters and stories often reduced to the margins
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
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
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Listen to Sue Perkins discuss her book East of Croydon
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
Catch up on the Oscar-winning actress discussing her autobiography In Pieces at London Literature Festival
Writer and activist Soraya Chemaly considers six myths about anger and gender
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
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
Read an extract from Churchwell’s new book, Behold, America
The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
How an increase in prizes is helping bring through more diverse voices
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story
What, or indeed who, is behind the popularity of Chinese sci-fi?
Enjoy eight stand-out musical collaborations featuring The Who frontman
Discover the actors bringing the classic epic poem to life
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
Discover the writer known as the 'Chinese Tolkein'
From Sybil to Forrest Gump, take a look back at some of the actress’ most iconic performances
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
From André Aciman to Xia Jia; a look at the books our literature team enjoyed this month
Breaking down myths on the refugee crisis, the inspiration for Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Read a short-story, written in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Get inspiration for your next novel or poetry collection from our literary experts
Listen to the second episode of our monthly podcast, as we discuss writing and the novel.
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
See what’s coming up in our packed poetry programme
Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction

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