Nine Inch Nails, Placebo and The Libertines are among the stellar line-up of acts confirmed for the 2018 Meltdown Festival, which – as uDiscover Music previously reported – is being curated by The Cure’s Robert Smith.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Patti Smith, David Byrne, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker and most recently MIA, Smith will be hand-picking the acts heading to London’s Southbank Centre this June.
In addition to Nine Inch Nails, Placebo and The Libertines, Deftones, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, The Psychedelic Furs, The Church, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO and The Notwist have so far been announced for the 25th edition of the iconic London-based music festival, with more acts still to be confirmed.
Robert Smith said: “Curating this 25th Meltdown festival is a dream come true, a fantastic experience… 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.
“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 is also set to play a huge show with The Cure in Hyde Park this summer, marking 40 years since the release of the band’s first single, ‘Killing An Arab’. They’ll be performing alongside Interpol, Editors and many more. Renowned for their marathon, hit-packed, sprawling shows, this will mark The Cure’s first UK gig since their residency at London’s SSE Arena Wembley last winter.
The full list of Meltdown acts confirmed so far is as follows:
15 June: The Psychedelic Furs (with support from The Church)
15 June: 65daysofstatic
16 June: Placebo
16 June: The Notwist
17 June: The Libertines
17 June: Alcest
19 June: Manic Street Preachers (with support from The Anchoress)
20 June: Deftones
21 June: Mogwai (with support from Kathryn Joseph)
21 June: Kristin Hersh
22 June: Nine Inch Nails
22 June: MONO
23 June: My Bloody Valentine.
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