"This is really happening...": Robert Smith confirms Nine Inch Nails, Manics, Libertines & many more for Meltdown Festival


Today (March 6) Southbank Centre has revealed the first names for the line-up of Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival. For the festival’s 25th anniversary year, Smith will curate a bill featuring some of the most influential artists of the last 40 years who will perform across Southbank Centre’s site from June 15–24 2018.?

The line-up will feature rare live performances and one-off shows from stadium and arena acts including Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo and The Psychedelic Furs. More acts are set to be added.

Speaking about the line-up, 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... But 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!”


A full list of the Meltdown acts announced today can be read below:

The Psychedelic Furs (with support from The Church) - Friday June 15 

Placebo - Saturday June 16 

The Libertines - Sunday June 17

Manic Street Preachers (with support from The Anchoress) - Tuesday June 19 

Deftones - Wednesday June 20

Mogwai (with support from Kathryn Joseph) - Thursday June 21

Nine Inch Nails - Friday June 22

My Bloody Valentine - Saturday June 23


Other acts announced today include:


65daysofstatic - Friday June 15

The Notwist - Saturday June 16

Alcest - Sunday June 17

Kristin Hersh - Thursday June 21

Mono - Friday June 22

[Photo: Andy Vella] 


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