Robert Smith’s Meltdown Lineup Is Extremely ‘Boys With Guitars’

Meltdown 2018 Lineup

The Cure’s Robert Smith has revealed his first picks for 2018’s Meltdown Festival lineup.

Taking place at the Southbank Centre across June 15-24, this annual series of gigs is now in it’s 25th year. And in 2018, fans of somewhat-challenging guitar music will find a lot to like in this shoegazey festival lineup. Here’s what beardy lads in their late 30s will be stroking their chins to this summer…

65daysofstatic, June 15


Starting as it very much means to go on, Meltdown opens with some heavy instrumental post-rock from four chaps with guitars and keyboards.

The Psychedelic Furs + The Church, June 15

Meltdown Festival Psychedelic Furs
Photo: Maggie Butler

Alternative art-rock-post-punk six piece Psychedelic Furs also play the opening night of Meltdown, supported by ‘Australian legends’ The Church.

The Notwist, June 16

Notwist Photo Meltdown Lineup
Photo: Patrick Morarescu

Don’t be fooled by their sysadmin-on-a-LARPing-weekend appearance! This is, in fact, a pretty good German electronic-indie band.

Placebo, June 16

Placebo Band Meltdown London
Photo: Arek Olek

The iconic alt-rockers celebrate 24 years in the pale, interesting ‘n’ androgynous game with a headline show.

The Libertines, June 17

The Libertines
Photo: By ThesupermatOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Everyone’s favourite rackety-jaunty indie survivors The Libertines play the Royal Festival Hall on June 17. Geeeeeettttttahhhhhtofit.

Alcest, June 17

Meltdown Lineup Alcest

An unholy amalgam of shoegaze and black metal, there won’t be many singalong choruses at this one. Sorry.

Manic Street Preachers, June 19

Manic Street Preachers Meltdown
Photo: Olivier Bourgi

The Manics are coming up on their thirteenth studio album which is, allegedly, ‘obsessively melodic’, although we suspect that’s a relative term. They’ll be supported by The Anchoress.

Deftones, June 20

Deftones Metal Band Meltdown

Go on a journey back to school with the metal band that have thrashed their way to critical acceptance.

Mogwai, June 21

Mogwai Band playing London Meltdown

The Glaswegian gang bust out their so-long-it’s-right guitar-driven post-rock. Kathryn Joseph supports.

Kristin Hersh, June 21

Kristin Hersh
Photo: Dirk Haun

Singer-songwriter Kristin, previously of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave, performs solo in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Also the only headline performance from a lady so far. Just saying.

Nine Inch Nails, June 22

Nine Inch Nails Concert photo
Photo: Olivier Bourgi

Trent Reznor join the Meltdown festival lineup, promising good times, by which I mean dark ambient industrial explorations of the shattered modern psyche.

MONO, June 22

Mono Band Photo

The instrumental band from Tokyo, whose last album was called ‘Requiem for Hell’, will be showcasing their danceable pop hits and R&B infuse… sorry, wrong page, it’s intense loud reverby guitar music!

My Bloody Valentine, June 23

My Bloody Valentine
Photo: annaspies

Annnnnnd for a change of pace it’s some earsplitting shoegaze to finish. Bring earplugs, and enjoy!

Tickets go on sale on March 15 from the Southbank website.

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