Post-punk pioneers The Psychedelic Furs will play the Royal Festival Hall on 15 June to open the 25th Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank, which is being curated by Robert Smith of The Cure.

Smith has revealed the first confirmed acts for the festival, which will take place on 15-24 June 2018. “As each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself — this is really happening… and the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!” Smith said. 

Following The Psychedelic Furs at the iconic venue are Placebo on 16 June and The Libertines on 17 June. Glasgow’s Mogwai are at the Royal Festival Hall on 21 June, with My Bloody Valentine doing their first UK show in five years on 23 June at the same venue.

Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers play their first Southbank gig since 2008 on 19 June and Deftones perform the next day — the band’s only UK performance this year. 

The festival will put acts on at the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, as well as at the 2,500 capacity Royal Festival Hall. Smith will confirm more acts in the coming weeks and months, including the final night’s headliners. 

Acts confirmed so far are:
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.

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

Last year’s Meltdown was curated by London rapper-producer M.I.A. Previous Meltdown curators have included Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono and David Byrne.

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