Preview ~ Meltdown Festival 2018

By Destiny Crawford-Corri

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This year Robert Smith, the lead singer of the legendary band The Cure, is set to curate Meltdown’s 25th Festival; it’ll be running from the 18th – 24th June 2018. Meltdown Festival is one of the longest artist curated music festival taking place across Southbank Centre’s site.

This year Robert Smith has carefully handpicked some of his favourite bands from across the world to perform at the festival. The genres are so diverse and include: indie, post rock, metal, glam, industrial, electro and many more. Today Meltdown has announced a huge range of acts that will be performing rare live performances and one off shows.

Meltdown acts announced today:

  • The Psychedelic Furs– the alternative rockers will be opening the festival at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 15th June with support from Australian band The Churches. Previous Robert Smith collaborators 65daysofstatic will be playing the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
  • Placebo – they’re known for their alternative rock music which has been around for the last 20 years and will be performing an intimate show on Saturday 16th June. Electronic rock fusion from indie band The Notwist are palying the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
  • The indie rock legends The Libertines are making their Royal Festival Hall debut on Sunday 17th June. I personally can’t wait for this show, I’m so excited. French post metal band Alcest will be playing the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the same day.
  • The Manic Street Preachers  will be playing the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 19th June for the first time since 2008 following the release  of their 13th studio album; they will be supported by The Anchoress.
  • Deftones will be taking to the stage for their only UK show in 2018 on Wednesday 20th June.
  • Glasgow rock pioneers Mogwai are palying a one off show on Thursday 21st June with support from singer songwriter Kathryn Joseph. Singer songwriter and guitarist Kristin Hersh will also be performing on the thursday but at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
  • Nine Inch Nails are making their debut on Friday 22nd June at the Royal Festival Hall. Japanese instrumental rock group Mono will be taking over the Queen Elizabeth hall.
  • My Bloody Valentine are returning to the Royal Festival Hall for their first show in five years on Saturday the 23rd June.

Many more acts are yet to be announced so keep your eyes peeled.


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