Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival is playing host to the likes of Trent Reznor’s industrial rock powerhouse Nine Inch Nails, shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine, and alternative-rock icons Deftones.

Richard Butler, The Psychedelic Furs (Belle Piec)

Taking place at Southbank Centre from 15th to 24th June 2018, this year’s 25th anniversary edition features some of the most influential names from the past 40 years of alternative music.

Smith, who this year celebrates four decades as The Cure’s mastermind, has curated a lineup that also includes alternative-rock favourites The Psychedelic Furs; indie-rock legends The Libertines; Welsh rock titans Manic Street Preachers; Glasgow rock pioneers Mogwai; and one of the defining alternative rock bands from the past 20 years, Placebo.

James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers (Kalpesh Patel)

The initial line-up announcement is rounded out by previous Smith collaborators 65daysofstatic; French post-metal band Alcest; Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress; Australian legends The Church; Throwing Muses creative leader Kristin Hersh; singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph; Japanese instrumental rockers MONO; and German indie band The Notwist.

Brian Molko of Placebo (Kalpesh Patel)

Curating this 25th Meltdown festival is a dream come true, a fantastic experience,” reveals Smith, “albeit getting 60 wonderful artists, including many of my all time favourites, to come together for 10 days in June is not without its challenges – as one of my predecessors noted, it is akin to figuring out a giant psychedelic puzzle…

“But as each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself – this is really happening… And the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world,” adds Smith.

The Libertines performing at Truck Festival 2017 (Simon Reed)

He follows legends like David Bowie, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, M.I.A., David Byrne, John Peel, and Massive Attack as curator of the longest running artist-curated music festival in the UK.

Robert Smith’s Meltdown is the first major festival to take over Southbank Centre’s newly reopened venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, following two years of redesign and refurbishment.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (Kalpesh Patel)

Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre members on 13th March and to everyone else on 15th March at www.southbankcentre.co.uk or 0203 879 9555.  

For more information visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/meltdown.

Robert Smith’s Meltdown Lineup
15th June: 65daysofstatic @ Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
15th June: The Psychedelic Furs + The Church @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
16th June: Placebo @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
16th June: The Notwist @ Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
17th June: The Libertines @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
17th June: Alcest @ Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
19th June: Manic Street Preachers + The Anchoress @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
20th June: Deftones @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
21st June: Mogwai + Kathryn Joseph @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
21st June: Kristin Hersh @ Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
22nd June: Nine Inch Nails @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
22nd June: MONO @ Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
23rd June: My Bloody Valentine @ Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall

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