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Robert Smith-Curated Meltdown Festival Lineup Includes NIN, My Bloody Valentine, Libertines & More

The goth king has some awesome surprises in store for you, including some of his pals in The Psychedelic Furs, Kristin Hersh and The Cure, of course.

It makes sense that after years of anchoring some of the world’s greatest mixtapes with his band’s glorious mope rock, The Cure‘s Robert Smith has put together a massively great, gloomy lineup for this summer’s Meltdown Festival. The initial list of acts for the 25th year of the Festival — which will take place at London’s Southbank Centre from June 15-24 — includes Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, Deftones, Placebo, Manic Street Preachers, Kristin Hersh, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kathryn Joseph, Mogwai, The Notwist, Mono and the Libertines.

Smith’s Cure will also be sharing a stage with a few relative contemporaries in The Psychedelic Furs and The Church. “As each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself,” Smith said in a statement. “This is really happening… and the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!” Click here for details on tickets.



Smith and the Cure are currently scheduled to play only one other show in Europe in 2018, a 40th anniversary gig celebrating the release of their first single on July 7 in Hyde Park on a bill that will also include Interpol, Goldfrapp, Editors, Ride, Slowdive, the Twilight Sad and more acts to be announced.