The Cure play new tracks, deep cuts and two songs from each album at epic Meltdown closing show

They were performing at 'Cureation 25'

Last night saw The Cure close Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival with a sprawling and career-spanning set at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Check out footage and the setlist below.

Supported by The Twilight Sad and appearing as ‘Cureation 25’, the current line-up of The Cure closed the event with two sets. The first was called ‘From There to Here’ and saw them play one song from each of their 13 studio albums in chronological order, before ending with the recent unreleased song ‘It Can Never Be the Same’.

They then returned for ‘From Here to There’ to open with new song ‘Step Into the Light’ before then playing a track from each album once more, but this time in reverse chronology and ending on ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.


The Cure’s setlist was:

From There to Here
Three Imaginary Boys
At Night
Other Voices
A Strange Day
A Night Like This
Like Cockatoos
Pictures of You
Jupiter Crash
Us or Them
It’s Over
It Can Never Be the Same

From Here to There
Step Into the Light
The Hungry Ghost
The Last Day of Summer
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
Shake Dog Shake
One Hundred Years
A Forest
Boys Don’t Cry


This year’s Meltdown saw an acclaimed run of performances from acts hand-picked by Smith, featuring the likes of Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine and Nine Inch Nails. In honour of their host, a number of bands performed covers of The Cure – with Deftones covering ‘If Only Tonight We Could Sleep‘, Manic Street Preachers performing ‘In Between Days‘, Placebo delivering ‘Let’s Go To Bed‘ and The Libertines airing their rendition of ‘Boys Don’t Cry‘.

Earlier this year, Smith revealed that The Cure would soon be recording new material and touring again next year – teasing that they could ‘maybe’ headline Glastonbury 2019. The frontman later revealed that while he has “hardly written any words” since their last album ‘4:13 Dream’ in 2008, but was inspired by the discoveries he made in curating this year’s Meltdown Festival.

The Cure return to London to headline British Summer Time in Hyde Park this summer, marking 40 years since the release of their first single. They’ll be performing alongside Interpol, Editors, Ride, The Twilight Sad, Pale Waves. and many more. Visit here for tickets and more information.