Southbank says Smith is “an iconic figure in his own right” who has influenced “popular culture, film, art, and fashion”. It notes that he has collaborated with David Bowie, Billy Corgan, Blink 182, The Stranglers, Placebo, Crystal Castles, Faithless, Korn and 65daysofstatic.
Smith says: “I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown. 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 is the must-see event of the summer!”
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Smith has been the lead singer and songwriter of the The Cure since 1978, with a regularly changing cast of supporting musicians. Southbank says: “One of popular music’s defining bands and an international phenomenon, The Cure took the sound of alternative rock sound mainstream and have continued to influence popular culture over a staggeringly successful 40-year career.”
Last year’s Meltdown was curated by London rapper-producer M.I.A. Previous Meltdown curators have included Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono and David Byrne.
“Smith is the perfect artist to help us celebrate our silver jubilee Meltdown,” Southbank senior contemporary music programmer Bengi Unsal says. “He has achieved globally-recognised excellence, paving the way for the alternative and the uncategorisable.”
The first acts to be lined up for the Meltdown festival this year will be revealed in March and tickets will go on sale soon after.