Robert Smith has revealed that he’ll be performing at his own curated Meltdown Festival this summer – which has also inspired him to write new material for The Cure. Check out the other latest additions for Meltdown below.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Patti Smith, David Byrne, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker and most recently MIA, the past NME Godlike Genius Award winner has hand-picked the acts heading to London’s Southbank Centre this June. Last month saw the initial line-up unveiled – with Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, The Psychedelic Furs, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO, and The Notwist announced for the 25th edition of the iconic music festival.
Today saw even more names announced – including Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, iLiKETRAiNS, Suzanne Vega, Yonaka and many more. See the new additions below.
This morning also saw Smith give an incredibly rare interview to Matt Everitt on BBC 6 Music, where he detailed what to expect from the festival, and the band in the future.
“It might just be a reaction to the fact that in the modern world, people talk endlessly about nothing,” said Smith, explaining his media silence in recent years. He said that he was simply waiting for a “focal point to a new project”, claiming that without that “the whole notion of doing an interview becomes redundant” without new material to discuss. Luckily, his research for acts to play Meltdown has inspired him to head back into the studio. The process of curation has “reinvigorated his creativity and made him want to do something new”
“I’ve listened to more new music in the last six months than I ever have,” said Smith. “I’ve suddenly fallen in love with the idea of writing new songs, so it’s had a really good effect on me.”
He continued: “I booked some time to do some demos next month. Some of it’s really good, some of it not so good.
“I never wanted to be in a position where I was forcing myself to write, I’ve never felt comfortable with that.”
Listen back to the full interview below.
As well as revealing that the only band to turn down his request to play Meltdown were The Rolling Stones, Smith added that he himself would be performing on the closing Sunday of the festival with a selection of collaborators.
“It will be me and four other people that I know really well, and some others,” he said, adding that they’d be playing “primarily Cure songs” and interpretations of tracks by the band with “different instrumentation”, with a set “completely different to the Hyde Park show” and “a little bit more weird.”
Smith also revealed that The Cure would be playing more shows in 2019, and that they were also considering celebrating the anniversary of their seminal album ‘Disintegration’.
Asked if they might headline Glastonbury next year, Smith replied: “Yeah, maybe. We haven’t had a happy history with Glastonbury over the years. Although we’ve headlined three times, we’ve never been on the best of terms. I don’t know if they forgive and forget. There are enough other festivals for us to play.”
Smith is also set to play a huge show with The Cure in Hyde Park this summer, marking 40 years since the release of their first single. They’ll be performing alongside Interpol, Editors and many more.
Renowned for their marathon, hit-packed, sprawling shows, this will mark the band’s first UK gig since their residency at London’s SSE Arena Wembley last winter.