To quote a Cure single it’s “Never Enough.”  This year is the band’s 40th anniversary and it is also London’s Meltdown Festival’s 25th anniversary, so it makes perfect sense that Robert Smith should be the guest curator.

No line up has been announced for the 10-day festival at London’s Southbank Centre, but one can expect it will be as eclectic as the frontman’s own career.

When Antony (now Anohni) hosted it, he convinced Elisabeth Fraser to perform a rare concert, and when Bowie hosted, he coaxed Matt Johnson of The The perform. There’s no doubt Robert will have some surprises up his sleeve too.

Smith’s Meltdown will take place from Friday 15 June to Sunday 24 June.

Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre members on 13 March, and to the general public on 15 March.

While we are on the topic of The Cure, they are one of the most collectible bands on vinyl, with various versions of their work released around the world.  One of my treasures is the 7″ of “Shake Dog Shake”.  The 7″ was intended for radio stations in France and was officially released in short numbers (200-300 copies) by Polydor, although some were also issued in Germany, which is where I found mine..at one of my favorite Frankfurt stores, Lucky Star Records.


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