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The wait is over. After a month of speculation, anticipation and rumour, we can now announce the first acts of what’s shaping up to be a legendary Meltdown festival line-up. We’re delighted to confirm that 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 will all be appearing at the 25th edition of our iconic music festival, curated by Robert Smith – the first of many more acts to be announced.

Meltdown is famed for bringing to life the world of its director here on the banks of the River Thames. And this jubilee year will be no different, with Robert Smith scouring the globe to hand-pick some of his favourite bands, bringing together trailblazers and pioneers from the worlds of indie, pop, glam, industrial, shoegaze, post-rock, electro, metal and beyond. Seminal alternative rock group The Psychedelic Furs will open Smith’s Meltdown, delivering an opening night performance on Friday 15th June, with Placebo (Saturday 16th June) and The Libertines (Sunday 17th June) also appearing on the Royal Festival Hall stage on the festival’s first weekend.

Influential welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers return to Southbank Centre for the first time since 2008 on Tuesday 19 June, whilst Deftones fly in for their only UK show the following night. Glasgow rock stalwarts Mogwai also play a one-off Royal Festival Hall gig on Thursday 21st June, with Nine Inch Nails making their debut on the same stage a day later. And on Saturday 23rd June shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine return to the Royal Festival Hall stage for their first UK show in five years.

Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival takes place across Southbank Centre from 15th-24th June 2018, with performances in our 2,500 capacity Royal Festival Hall, and in our newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. More acts and dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks and months, so do stay tuned for further announcements.

Placebo are a band like no other – enjoying a greatness that lies only in the ilk of the likes of Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Nirvana and co – they have their own unique sonic, aesthetic and lyrical language. The legions of misfits, others, the disenchanted and the lost know that this is their band – and no one else can do this. This is why they’re still going strong 20 years laterCheck out the band’s raw performance of the classic ‘Teenage Angst’ on Later With Jools Holland in 1997

To mark this landmark anniversary, the band will be re-releasing their first five albums on vinyl, releasing their greatest b-sides and rarities on streaming services, as well as revealing rare archive footage, including never-before-seen live performances and interviews, starting with their first album campaign era from this week.

Check out the band’s raw performance of the classic ‘Teenage Angst’ on Later With Jools Holland in 1997

Placebo Teenage Angst on Jools Holland 1997 to celebrate anniversary