First acts confirmed for Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 16:43

The wait is over. After a month of speculation, anticipation and rumour, we can now announce the first acts of what’s shaping up to be a legendary Meltdown festival line-up. We’re delighted to confirm that Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, The Psychedelic Furs, The Church, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO, and The Notwist will all be appearing at the 25th edition of our iconic music festival, curated by Robert Smith - the first of many more acts to be announced.

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, curator, Meltdown festival 2018

Meltdown is famed for bringing to life the world of its director here on the banks of the River Thames. And this jubilee year will be no different, with Robert Smith scouring the globe to hand-pick some of his favourite bands, bringing together trailblazers and pioneers from the worlds of indie, pop, glam, industrial, shoegaze, post-rock, electro, metal and beyond. Seminal alternative rock group The Psychedelic Furs will open Smith’s Meltdown, delivering an opening night performance on Friday 15 June, with Placebo (Saturday 16 June) and The Libertines (Sunday 17 June) also appearing on the Royal Festival Hall stage on the festival’s first weekend.

Manic Street preachers play Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 19 June

Influential welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers return to Southbank Centre for the first time since 2008 on Tuesday 19 June, whilst Deftones fly in for their only UK show the following night. Glasgow rock stalwarts Mogwai also play a one-off Royal Festival Hall gig on Thursday 21 June, with Nine Inch Nails making their debut on the same stage a day later. And on Saturday 23 June shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine return to the Royal Festival Hall stage for their first UK show in five years.

Curating this 25th Meltdown festival is a dream come true, a fantastic experience
Robert Smith, curator, Meltdown festival 2018

Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival takes place across Southbank Centre from 15-24 June 2018, with performances in our 2,500 capacity Royal Festival Hall, and in our newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. More acts and dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months, so do stay tuned for further announcements.

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Robert Smith’s Meltdown takes place at Southbank Centre on 15-24 June 2018. Tickets are now on general sale, and are selling fast, with some shows sold out. Make sure you don't miss out.

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