The Cure to livestream ‘Disintegration’ 30th anniversary show

What an album.

The Cure have announced plans to livestream an upcoming gig to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Disintegration’.

As part of their extensive 2019 tour (including a headline slot at Glastonbury), the band announced a string of shows at Australia’s VIVID LIVE where they’ll be playing the album in full outside Sydney Opera House. The performance is directed by British filmmaker and Cure collaborator Nick Wickham.

Now, they’ve announced an extra gig on May 30 that will be streamed live across Facebook and Youtube.

“We look forward to celebrating the anniversary of this special album with you all,” said frontman Robert Smith of the event, “and remember: this album was mixed to be played loud… so turn it up!”

‘Disintegration’ features some of the band’s best-known material including ‘Lovesong’, ‘Pictures Of You’, and ‘Lullaby’. It was released 30 years ago today.

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The Cure’s Robert Smith plays his self-curated Meltdown Festival in 2018

After previously revealing that the band were working on new material, Smith revealed last month that their next album was sounding “so dark” and “incredibly intense“.

We actually went into the studio where they did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’,” he explained. “It’s a great studio in the middle of nowhere. We just played music for three weeks. And it’s great. I know everyone says that. But it really is fucking great.”

Admitting that the new album isn’t really festival friendly material, Smith revealed it could potentially be a triple disc affair.

“It’s so dark. It’s incredibly intense,” he explained. “The songs are like 10 minutes, 12 minutes long. We recorded 19 songs. So I have no idea what to do now. The others are saying, ‘triple album!’ I’m saying, no let’s not. I’ll pick six or maybe eight songs and do like a single album. But I think I will delight our hardcore fans. And probably really, really infuriate everyone else. At my age, I’m still doom and gloom.”

The new album is rumoured for an October release.