Cure’s Robert Smith to play at his Meltdown

Robert Smith will perform with “four curious friends” (geddit?) at the final night of his Meltdown Festival in a one-off band he’s calling Curætion-25 (geddit again?).

Smith’s two-hour show at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall (RFH) on Sunday 24th June will include undisclosed special guests. And Meltdown has added a new raft of headline and support acts to the festival lineup curated by Smith that’s at the Southbank on 15th-24th June.

US alt-rockers Death Cab For Cutie headline at the RFH on 18th June, singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega plays the Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) on 23rd June. Meltdown will bring the live sound experience ‘Liminal’ to the UK for the first time, as the QEH foyer hosts the work by Sigur Ros singer Jónsi, musician and artist Alex Somers and composer Paul Corley on 20th-22nd June. 

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Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit supported by London band Pumarosa play QEH on 19th June and Irish trio God Is An Astronaut headline the same venue on 18th June. Post-rock instrumental group Maybeshewill reunite for a show at QEH on the last night of the festival, with minimalist indie rockers Low headlining the venue on 20th June.

The intimate Purcell Room hosts space-rock group Loop on 17th June, with other acts playing the venue to include singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle, US motorik-psychedelic trio Moon Duo, Wales’ The Joy Formidable, and alternative post-punk outfit And Also The Trees. 

Meltdown has also lined up a bunch of support acts, including Drahla, James Walsh and Indian Queens. Some acts will play support one day and headline a gig on another day.

Tickets for newly added gigs are on sale to Southbank Centre members on 13th April and to the general public on 16th April.

Acts previously confirmed on the lineup include Psychedelic Furs, The Libertines, Placebo, Mogwai, Nine Inch Nails and My Bloody Valentine. Tickets for many of the shows released to Southbank Centre members on 13th March sold out within about an hour as the website went into meltdown.

Photo credits: Brian Sweeney (Mogwai), Roger Sargent (The Libertines), Andy Vella (Robert Smith)

Full details of the Meltdown Festival line-up so far are as follows: 

15th June
Psychedelic Furs and The Church — RFH
65daysofstatic and Tropic of Cancer — QEH
Joycut and Indian Queens – Purcell Room
Concrete lates: Kiasmos (DJ SET) – QEH foyer 

16th June
Placebo and Kælan Mikla RFH
The Notwist and Drahla — QEH
Jambinai and Tropic of Cancer  Purcell Room
Concretes lates: Vessels (Live and DJ set) – QEH foyer 

17th June
The Libertines and Yonaka — RFH
Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle — QEH
Loop and Planning For Burial – Purcell Room 

18th June
Death Cab For Cutie and Fear of Men — RFH
God Is An Astronaut and Jambinai — QEH
Emma Ruth Rundle and Planning For Burial  Purcell Room 

19th June
Manic Street Preachers and The Anchoress — RFH
Frightened Rabbit and Pumarosa — QEH
Vex Red and Douglas Dare — Purcell Room 

20th June
Deftones and pg.lost — RFH
Low and Jo Quail — QEH
Moon Duo and Hilary Woods  Purcell Room
Liminal – QEH foyer

21st June
Mogwai and Kathryn Joseph – RFH
Kristin Hersh and Matt Holubowski — QEH
pg.lost and Thought Forms — Purcell Room
Liminal – QEH foyer

22nd June
Nine Inch Nails and Black Moth Super Rainbow — RFH
Mono and Jo Quail — QEH
The Joy Formidable and Kidsmoke  Purcell Room
Liminal – QEH foyer

23rd June
My Bloody Valentine and The Soft Moon — RFH
Suzanne Vega and James Walsh — QEH
And Also The Trees and A Dead Forest Index  Purcell Room
Concrete lates: Eat Static (DJ set) –  QEH foyer

24th June
Curætion-25 and The Twilight Sad — RFH
Maybeshewill and I Like Trains — QEH
The Soft Moon and The KVB – Purcell Room