London’s Meltdown festival today announced the remainder of the acts slated for this year’s Robert Smith-curated series of concerts, including festival closer CURÆTION-25: a two-hour performance by Smith at which he’ll be “joined onstage by four of his curious friends.”
Festival organizers describe the June 24 performance at Royal Festival Hall by saying The Cure’s frontman will be “joined onstage by four of his curious friends – and other, imaginary accompanists – to perform special interpretations based on a very particular selection of songs he has sung throughout the years.”
This year’s Meltdown, the 25th anniversary of the festival, runs June 15 to 24 at the Southbank Centre in the U.K. capital. Previously announced acts include My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, The Psychedelic Furs, Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, and The Church. New acts announced today include Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad and Suzanne Vega.
As for Smith’s performance, it’s not yet known who will join the curator on stage, thought it sounds like it will be The Cure — even though the band’s 40th anniversary concert in London’s Hyde Park this June had been billed as the Cure’s only European performance this year.
Smith did not reveal much during an interview with BBC 6 Music this morning.
“It will be me and four other people that I know really well, and some others,” he said, according to the NME. Smith added that he’ll be playing “primarily Cure songs” and interpretations of tracks by the band with “different instrumentation,” and noted that the Meltdown set will be “completely different to the Hyde Park show” and “a little bit more weird.”
Smith also said The Cure plans to play more shows in 2019, according to NME, and he’s considering celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band’s 1989 landmark Disintegration.
Perhaps most tantalizingly, Smith revealed that the process of curating the Meltdown festival has inspired to him to start writing new songs and get back into the recording studio.
“I’ve listened to more new music in the last six months than I ever have. I’ve suddenly fallen in love with the idea of writing new songs, so it’s had a really good effect on me. .. 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 to the full interview below.
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