Robert Smith’s Meltdown


15 Jun 201824 Jun 2018

Robert Smith curates the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival in its 25th year. Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Tuesday 13 March and on sale to the general public on Thursday 15 March.

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.


Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Tuesday 13 March and on sale to the general public on Thursday 15 March. For your best chance to get tickets, become a Member now.


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!

Robert Smith ————————————————————————————-”



Listen to the acts of Robert Smith’s Meltdown

On 6 March, thousands of you flocked to our website in excitement as the first acts were announced for Robert Smith’s Meltdown. The 25th edition of our annual summer music festival, it already looks set to live up to the hype, with a host of massive names on Smith’s specially curated bill.

Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Libertines, The Psychedelic Furs, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, Placebo are among the many acts in line to take to the stage here at Southbank Centre in what’s set to be a pretty seismic June by the side of the Thames. And to get you in the mood, we’ve put together a special playlist featuring tracks from all of the artists announced thus far.

Grab your headphones and go in to get set for the sounds of our summer and yours.

Tickets for all of the acts confirmed for Meltdown go on sale to Southbank Centre members on 13 March, with general sale starting on 15 March. To be first in line for tickets to Meltdown, and all events at Southbank Centre, become a member today.

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