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robert smith from the cure shot for the nme magazine 17-10-08.

NEWS: Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Low and Suzanne Vega amongst additions for Robert Smith’s Meltdown

Southbank Centre has announced more acts for Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival (15–24 June 2018) including American alternative rock group Death Cab For Cutie; the UK premiere of ‘Liminal’ – the immersive live sound experience performed by Sigur Ros singer ‎Jónsi, musician and artist Alex Somers and composer Paul Corley; an intimate performance from singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega; performances from Scottish band Frightened Rabbit and Irish trio God Is An Astronaut; and English post-rockers Maybeshewill, reunited for an exclusive festival show.

They’ve also announced CURÆTION-25, a special show from Robert Smith himself that will close the festival on Sunday 24 June. This exclusive one-off performance will see the curator of the 25th Meltdown festival joined by ‘four curious friends’ and special guests for a two-hour show in the Royal Festival Hall.

Robert Smith is also taking advantage of Southbank Centre’s newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and the new 1,000-capacity gig space in the Queen Elizabeth Hall to provide audiences with intimate, once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences across the whole of the 17-acre site for the ten day festival

Full list of additions:

CURÆTION-25, Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, God Is An Astronaut, Low, Maybeshewill, Suzanne Vega, And Also the Trees, Emma Ruth Rundle, Jambinai, JoyCut, The Joy Formidable, Loop, Moon Duo, pg.lost, The Soft Moon, Vex Red, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Fear of Men, Kælan Mikla, The Twilight Sad, Yonaka, Drahla, Matt Holubowski, I Like Trains, James Walsh, Jo Quail, Pumarosa, A Dead Forest Index, Douglas Dare, Hilary Woods, Indian Queens, Kidsmoke, The KVB, Planning For Burial, Thought Forms, Tropic of Cancer, Eat Static (DJ Set), Kiasmos (DJ set), Liminal, Vessels (live & DJ Set)

 These newly announced acts join a packed line-up of acts that includes Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, The Psychedelic Furs, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, The Church, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO and The Notwist.

There will also be a range of free activity taking place throughout Robert Smith’s Meltdown, including late-night afterparties and DJ sets in the Clore Ballroom, as well as free music taking place alongside the Thames on Southbank Centre’s Riverside Terrace.

Robert Smith, Curator,  said: “I have finally figured out my Meltdown festival psychedelic puzzle… and it really is just like heaven… ten delirious June days at London’s Southbank Centre await!”

Tickets will go on sale to Southbank Centre members on Friday 13 April and to everyone else on Monday 16 April. / 0203 879 9555  



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