Meltdown, the annual, artist-curated music and arts festival, returns to London, England's Southbank Centre on June 15-24th, 2018. The Cure's Robert Smith selected the lineup for the event's 25th incarnation, which has just been announced. Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, 65daysofstatic, Alcest and the Libertines are among the bands slated to take the stage, with more to be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now here; scroll down to check out a fest poster.
"Curating this 25th Meltdown festival is a dream come true, a fantastic experience," Smith says of the roster, "albeit getting 60 wonderful artists, including many of my all time favorites, to come together for 10 days in June is not without its challenges — as one of my predecessors noted, it is akin to figuring out a giant psychedelic puzzle ... But 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!"
Below, see Deftones frontman Chino Moreno talk about his deep relationship with music and how it relates to the seminal band's creative process.