Featuring an iconic artist curating their own wish-list lineup, Meltdown is one of the world’s most anticipated music events each year. Previous curators includePatti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Massive Attack, Ornette Coleman, and M.I.A. This year, it’s The Cure’s Robert Smith’s turn.
“I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown Festival. More than 30 of my all time favourite artists – some of the most exciting, inspirational, intense and influential performers of the last 40 years – will make sure this 10-night extravaganza at London’s Southbank Centre is the must-see event of the summer!” Smith said.
First held in 1993, Meltdown initially took a contemporary classical direction, featuring composers George Benjamin and Louis Andriess as curators in its early years. In 1998 curator John Peel challenged this path, showcasing contemporary and cult indie acts that marked a major shift in direction for the festival which unfolds in London’s Southbank Centre over a week, one concert per night.
Given the festival’s illustrious pedigree and its intimate format, it’s easy to see why it inspires awe and reverence, even for those who curate it. “As each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself – this is really happening,” said Smith of the announcement, “and the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!”
Royal Festival Hall
June 15 – Psychedelic Furs & The Church
June 16 – Placebo
June 17 – The Libertines
June 19 – Manic Street Preachers
June 20 – Deftones
June 21 – Mogwai & Kathryn Joseph
June 22 – Nine Inch Nails
June 23 – My Bloody Valentine
Queen Elizabeth Hall
June 15 – 65daysofstatic
June 16 – The Notwist
June 17 – Alcest
June 21 – Kristin Hersh
June 22 – Mono