The Cure’s Robert Smith has been announced as the curator of the 2018 Meltdown festival. The event, which will be held at London’s Southbank Centre, is now in its 25th year.
Each Meltdown festival is curated by a different artist. In a statement, Smith said: “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!”
The first artists for Smith’s event will be announced in early March. This year’s festival will be the first to take place across the entire Southbank Centre site, including the recently refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.
Smith joins an illustrious list of former curators including Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Jarvis Cocker and, in 2017, MIA.
This year’s Meltdown will take place from Friday 15 June to Sunday 24 June. Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre members on 13 March, and to the general public on 15 March.
Laura Snapes is the Guardian's deputy music editor
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