Robert Smith
It takes place at London's Southbank Centre this summer...

The Cure frontman Robert Smith is set to curate this summer's Meltdown festival.

These are heady times for The Cure - the band toast their 40th anniversary this year, performing in London for Barclaycard presents British Summertime Hyde Park.

The event sold out within minutes, with singer Robert Smith now being installed as the curator of the Southbank Centre's Meltdown festival.

The festival is now in its 25th year, with everyone from Morrissey to David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, and Elvis Costello acting as curators.

This year it's Robert Smith's turn, with full line up details due to be confirmed in March. Robert Smith said: “I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown Festival. 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 ten-night extravaganza at London’s Southbank Centre is the ‘must see’ event of the summer!”

Bengi Unsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre, added: “Robert Smith is the perfect artist to help us celebrate our silver jubilee Meltdown. Over a career spanning four decades, he has achieved globally-recognised excellence, paving the way for the alternative and the uncategorisable. This year’s festival will be a celebration of that influence and that legacy.”

“We also celebrate the legacy of Meltdown, where the legendary and the contemporary meet, where icons perform in an iconic setting, and where both artists and audiences enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

Tickets will go on sale to Southbank Centre members on March 13th and to everyone else on March 15th. Meltdown curated by Robert Smith runs between June 15th - 24th.

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