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
Why does this Benedictine monk think religion has a place in schools?
A quick introduction to the sights and sounds of Alchemy festival
Amrita Riat offers an overview of the British Asian artists here at Alchemy
See a slideshow of festival highlights from Southbank Centre's China Changing
Lu Kemp, director of The Lounge discusses her research into older age for the production
Explore how new technologies are impacting our perceptions and experiences of death, with Professor Josh Cohen
Hear comedian, actor and writer Cariad Lloyd's thoughts on life and death
We caught up with Devorah Baum, author of Feeling Jewish and The Jewish Joke
Learn how to eat more sustainably by pickling your food
Fashion reuse charity TRAID is teaming up once again with other wonderful charities at Southbank Centre as part of the Charity Shop Emporium Weekend.
Involvement with Streetwise Opera and the Choir With No Name can be the first rung on a ladder of self-confidence.
Southbank Centre, along with People United, are aiming to inspire new acts of kindness during the first 10 days of December.
Charity shopping means shopping with a conscience, helping to reduce clothes waste and supporting a good cause at the same time. This is true compassion fashion shopping!
We all know that Christmas is traditionally the season of giving and goodwill. Headway East London stick by those principles all year round.
Simon Parkin and a panel of gaming experts, designers and writers discuss the male obsession with video games
A panel including poet Anthony Anaxagorou debate whether stop and search is effective.
Listen to audio highlights of Southbank Centre's Being a Man festival 2016
A candid talk with rapper-turned-actor Ashley Walters
What needs to be done to tackle the social stigma around male mental health?
Explore what society wants of dads and what sort of dads men want to be
Use our timeline to discover what our experts predict will take place over the century to come
Meet Maame Adjei, one of the stars of the most globally successful television series from Africa An African City
In recent years, disabled artists have grabbed the narrative from non-disabled hands
Our 2016 Being A Man festival asks what it means to be a hero in the modern world
Hip-hop artist Akala discusses men and sexual and racial taboos
Evidence, a dance company at Southbank Centre
Panel discussion about building on the legacy of London 2012 for women and sport
Tony Benn talks to activist and writer John Rees about the formation of the Labour Party
James Runcie chairs a panel to investigate what level of oppression is felt by gay men
Tony Benn discusses the founding of the Labour Party
An audio podcast on the fascinating history of the Moulin Rouge
The children from Imagine Children's Festival interviewed Wayne Hemingway about housing
For Imagine Children's Festival 2013 the kids are taking over!
Rachel Bowlby and Claire Armistead look at the early life and works of Virginia Woolf
Why do negative stereotypes of mental illness still persist?
China continues to exercise one of the most extensive and comprehensive Internet censorship policies
Frederick Taylor on German history and the rise of the extreme right
Speakers include Brian Dow, Sue Baker and Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind
What was the US doing in Hawaii? Why did the Japanese attack them there?
Panel discussion from History is Now exhibition at Hayward Gallery.
How our data shadows and digital dandruff can be used to track and record our activities online
A discussion about mental health care – how things have changed and where it’s heading
Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the Web
Michael Rosen talks about the importance of funny books for kids
What does love mean to you? Can it be found on dating apps or social networks?
The most exciting artists from South Asia and the UK gather at Alchemy
For many people, art makes it that little bit easier to be human
We speak to Brian Dow, the Director of External Affairs for Rethink Mental Illness
Artists inspire each other this month at Southbank Centre
Being a Man festival speaker, Tim Samuels answers our questions
One journey can change a life. One life can change the world! Dr Kiran Bedi is interviewed at WOW 2012

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