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

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Introducing the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Find out more about Muholi’s self-portrait, part of their ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness
Hear from three of the artists involved in Kiss My Genders in this roundtable discussion
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition
See the bands and performers on their way to Meltdown festival 2019
Find out more about the first drag queen to run for president
Find out more about Hlobo’s sculpture
The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer Natalia Osipova discusses her performance in The Mother
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
The Light In The Piazza’s Set and Props Designer on bringing Florence to the stage
The amazing story behind one of the most iconic disco anthems
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
Discover the stars bringing the musical to life
Get to know the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new Principal Conductor
Enjoy BBQ, burgers, refreshing juices, craft beer, cocktails and views over the Thames this summer
Big name star after big name star; take a look at the cast of the new television series
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
Get up to speed on the author’s two LA Quartet series.
Watch a short introduction to the award-winning musical
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Reasons to get out the house and join us down beside the Thames
A Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for the CHIC-est of Meltdowns
Find out who's on the bill for the 26th edition of Meltdown festival
Gavin Plumley, series advisor, introduces the Orchestra’s new colourful series
What became of Lennon’s Steinway and Chopin’s Pleyel?
Listen to the twelfth episode of our podcast series on the impact of Karlheinz Stockhausen on music
Pianist Tamara Stefanovich describes how it feels to be from a country that doesn’t exist
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
Enjoy the sarod players’ favourite music in these Spotify playlists
Listen to a chronological Spotify playlist of the revolutionary composer’s work
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Find out more about the much-hyped debut novelist
Whet your appetite with our round up of what’s on offer during the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
How the authors’ respective latest novels explore the boundaries from artificial intelligence
Enjoy this Spotify Playlist of tracks featuring samples from Nile Rodgers’ music
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Discover the six authors and books in contention for this year’s prize
The viola player speaks about the future of the ensemble
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
Find out more about this video installation
Enjoy a preview trailer of the eccentric and scandalous show before its UK premiere
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Find out more about this sculpture
Listen to the eleventh episode of our podcast series as comedians and comedy writers talk politics
Get a look ahead to Circus 1903’s return
Take a first look at Kader Attia’s Hayward Gallery exhibition in this short video
Enjoy a Spotify playlist packed with hits from the Meltdown curator’s remarkable back catalogue
Find out more about this series of pieces
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
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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
Find out more about one of the great violinists of the 21st century
See how puppetry is used to recreate the wonder of turn-of-the-century circus
Whether beginner or expert, come and enjoy fun free dance sessions with us
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
The seventh episode of our monthly podcast looks ahead to 2019’s SoundState festival. Take a listen
Assistant Curator Tarini Malik introduces Laine’s solo exhibition
The remarkable career of the man bringing his reimagining of Gershwin to Southbank Centre

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