The Cure frontman Robert Smith has revealed his picks for this year's Meltdown festival, and it's a dream for fans of post-punk and alternative rock, delivering on Smith's previous promise that the concert would be the "must-see event of the summer."
The festival's headliners will be Nine Inch Nails and My Bloody Valentine, while other bands appearing on the bill include The Libertines, Deftones, Mogwai, the Psychedelic Furs, Placebo and more. But there's still more to come, as the final lineup will feature 60 acts performing over 10 days, according to a statement from Smith.
Smith described the curating experience, saying, "Curating this 25th Meltdown festival is a dream come true, a fantastic experience…albeit getting 60 wonderful artists, including many of my all-time favorites, 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!"
The Cure itself is also celebrating an anniversary in 2018--their 40th, and they're marking it with a show on Saturday, July 7 at London's Hyde Park. The lineup includes Interpol, Goldfrapp, The Twilight Sad and more, with more to be announced. Tickets for their musical birthday celebration are on sale now right here on AXS, including VIP packages.
A documentary on the iconic band is also reportedly in the works from longtime collaborator Tim Pope.