Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cure nominated again for R & R Hall of Fame

From Rolling Stone:

As in recent years, the Hall of Fame has announced the individual members of each band that will be inducted.

Many musicians have come and gone through the Cure over the years, but only Robert Smith, Porl Thompson, Perry Bamonte, Michael Dempsey, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst, Boris Williams, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell got the nod.

From Billboard:

The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Who Will Actually Get In?


One of the most successful and influential bands of the last 40 years, The Cure have several universally beloved hits, an instantly recognizable sound and image, and are still touring arenas and headlining festivals internationally. But they've only been nominated twice in their 15 years of being Rock Hall-eligible, mostly because the voting body has never taken British post-punk bands all that seriously -- and particularly not goth forefathers like frontman Robert Smith, who was long treated as a punchline in the face of more credible rock icons. The Rock Hall pretty much has to break the seal on bands like The Cure at some point, but until it actually happens...

Odds: 4 to 1

You can cast a vote for the Fan Ballot here.

A note about the fan vote...you can vote once per day from now until Dec. 9th, then a single ballot will be created with the top 5 vote getters. That will then be counted as ONE vote (amongst more than a thousand others from historians, journalists and members of the music industry) for each of those artists. Winning or placing in top 5 DOES NOT guarantee they get in.

And if they don't finish in the top 5 of the fan vote, it doesn't mean they don't get in. It's only one single vote for each of the top 5 artists (no matter how many fans end up casting votes) among over a thousand others.

The Cure play Rock Werchter on June 28th

The Cure play Dublin on June 8th

From The Cure on Facebook:
Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Saturday 8 June 2019
Tickets priced €69.50 including booking fee go on sale Wednesday 10th October at 9am
From Ticketmaster: In person: From Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour): ROI: 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland: 0844 277 4455
Book On Line: www.ticketmaster.ie

From The Irish Times:

The Cure announce Malahide Castle concert for June 2019
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 10th

The Cure will return to Dublin after 23 years to perform a headline concert at Dublin’s Malahide Castle next summer. This will be the band’s first Irish concert since their appearance at Electric Picnic in 2012.

Tickets for the Saturday, June 8th Malahide gig will go on sale on Wednesday, October 10th at 9am through Ticketmaster. The concert takes place on the same day of the recently announced Metallica Slane concert.

The band posted a ‘save the date’ teaser on Twitter last month that revealed they would be playing Dublin on June 8th next year.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Cure play Florence, Italy on June 16th

Firenze Rocks have announced The Cure as their first headliner for their 2019 festival. From their Facebook page:

The Cure are the first headliner announced by #Firenzerocks 2019!

** only date in Italy! **
Sunday 16 June // Visarno Arena

Official event page 👇
The Cure // Firenze Rocks 2019

tickets available:

• From 11:00 on Wednesday 2 October, preview via the official app of Florence rocks

Ios > apple.co/fr_ios
Android > bit.ly/fr_gp

• from 12.00 on Wednesday 3 October through general sale on > www.firenzerocks.it

Further information on prices and ticket types will be reported in the next few days

The Cure play Athens, Greece on July 17th

Ejekt Festival has announced The Cure as their first headliner for their 15th anniversary. More information and ticket details will be announced soon.

The Cure play 2 shows in South Africa in March

The Cure will be playing their first ever shows in South Africa, next March.

March 16th, 2019 in Johannesburg

March 21st, 2019 in Cape Town

Tickets available here.

Boo Wave Halloween decorations

Matthew Lineham has once again featured Robert in his Halloween decorations for this year. Window clings, art prints, pennant, all available here.

Michael talks about Beauty in Chaos today

Michael Ciravolo will be talking about his 'Beauty in Chaos' project, which features Simon Gallup on bass for 'Miracle Man', on the Andy Cousins show today.

Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 1980s

Pitchfork have revised and updated their 200 Best Albums of the 1980s list, and here's how The Cure fared:

#109 - The Head on the Door

The Cure’s sixth LP was also their big American breakthrough—a bright, crisp record nearly devoid of their signature swirling gloom. In this new light, Robert Smith’s dark desires took on positively cheery undertones, from jangly opener “In Between Days” and the eternal synth bop of “Close to Me” to the almost-disco of “Push,” which is basically Blondie viewed through a veil of distortion. It was the only one of the band’s albums to be entirely conceived by Smith, but far from being a hermetic affair, it veered outward, eagerly grabbing at new ideas. And with an added fifth member, multi-instrumentalist Porl Thompson, the sound was tighter and bolder, too. The brief, wondrous record marks a transition point in the Cure’s canon, a snapshot of a band making their way toward sprawling works yet to come. –Eve Barlow

#9 - Disintegration

The stylistic changes, the shifting lineups, the psilocybin and emptied liquor cabinets: Few acts had a more helter-skelter ’80s than the Cure. To trace a path from 1980’s Boys Don’t Cry up to 1987’s Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is to traverse punky perkiness, black-hearted resignation, foulest bile, insouciant psychedelia, and eyelash-batting pop. But it all comes to a head with 1989’s Disintegration—a sprawling double album that boils down all the Cure’s complexities into two contrasting shades of bittersweet.

Robert Smith’s love songs have never been as direct as “Lovesong,” a synth ballad as plain-spoken as a note left on a pillow, nor as evocative as “Plainsong,” a character study written with Raymond Carver’s sense of focus. If the album’s first half epitomizes the band’s unique fusion of melancholy and whimsy, the second half delves into their soul-scouring depths with surging guitars, storm-tossed rhythms, and Smith’s most desperate wails. “Fascination Street” and “Prayers for Rain” draw from the dirge-like moods of their early-’80s work while blowing that feeling up to acid-drenched proportions; like everything on the album, these two songs are intractable, improbable beasts, the kinds of echo-soaked anthems that made the Cure the decade’s unlikeliest alt-rock heroes. –Philip Sherburne

Louder's 20 Best Albums from 1982

From Louder:


Now belatedly considered one of Robert Smith and company’s best records, not to mention a milestone in the genesis of goth rock, Pornography was nevertheless given short shrift by the critics. Its heavy, distorted guitars, Smith’s echo-charged vocals and bleakly emotional lyrics make for some truly uncomfortable listening, certainly when compared to the jaunty pop of the group’s The Head On The Door era. But hindsight is a wonderful thing.

AV Club's 9 Increible Cover Songs

From the AV Club:

Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven

The best covers have a reverence for the original song while adding a unique spin, offering new interpretation of a well-worn creation. My favorite example of this particular combo is Dinosaur Jr.’s version of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” The original is a breathy, wispy take of a love lost at sea. But Dinosaur Jr. digs out the menace in the song, adding a ferocious beat to the “you” in the chorus, eventually ending on that frightening note (the band also hilariously chimes in only on the word “head”). And naturally, a trippy J Mascis guitar solo makes every song better. Not only did Dinosaur Jr. love this particular cover—the band recorded it for a compilation album, then refused to give it up, releasing it themselves—but it’s Robert Smith’s own favorite alternate version of the song. J Mascis sent it to him on a cassette, and Smith told Blender, “It was so passionate. It was fantastic. I’ve never had such a visceral reaction to a cover version before or since.” Smith says that the Dinosaur Jr. version even affects how The Cure now plays the song live.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Reeves helps rework Bowie's 'Never Let Me Down' album

From Georgie Rogers:


The 12th October will see the release of the latest in the series of career spanning David Bowie box sets. So far the first three have covered from 1969 through to 1982.

The next is called 'LOVING THE ALIEN' and reflects 1983 - 1988.

The eleven CD, fifteen-piece vinyl set which includes newly remastered versions of Bowie's most successful period - starting off with 'LET'S DANCE' which propelled him into a commercially mainstream stadium-filling stratosphere, then it's follow up 'TONIGHT', 'NEVER LET ME DOWN, the live album 'GLASS SPIDER (Live Montreal '87)' and the previously unreleased 'SERIOUS MOONLIGHT' live album.

Now the accepted wisdom is that while 'LET'S DANCE' was all killer, and 'TONIGHT' has its moments (Loving The Alien) but 'NEVER LET ME DOWN' wasn't Bowie's finest moment, and admittedly the 80's production hasn't aged that well.

So this set includes a complete re-versioning of the album.

Early this year engineer Mario McNulty - who had remixed the album's track Time Will Crawl back in 2008 with Bowie - he got in the studio with drummer Sterling Campbell, bassist Tim Lefebvre (who played on Blackstar) and guitarists Reeves Gabrels and David Torn to record a new version of the album with Bowie's original vocals.

Reeves Gabrels was David's guitarist from 1988 through to 1999. He was also in Bowie's heavy alt rock group Tin Machine and plays in The Cure. I spoke to him for BBC 6 Music about the project...

Listen to the BBC 6 Music interview here (Bowie segment starts at 44:25, Reeves interview at 46:24). They also talked to Reeves about The Cure, and say they'll air that part in a couple of weeks.

And here's more info on the project from Rolling Stone:

Also exclusive to the box set is a 2018 reworking of Never Let Me Down with new production and instrumentation overseen by Bowie producer/engineer Mario McNulty. Longtime Bowie collaborators including guitarist Reeves Gabriel and drummer Sterling Campbell, Blackstar bassist Tim Lefebvre and composer Nico Muhly also contributed to the project, which was born out of Bowie’s desire to rerecord the 1987 LP that he called “a bitter disappointment.“

“The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when Bowie asked McNulty to remix the track ‘Time Will Crawl’ and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell along with strings,’ Parlaphone wrote of Never Let Me Down (2018). “The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim and, in the notes for that record, David remarked ‘Oh, to redo the rest of that album.'”

In early January, the musicians involved entered New York’s Electric Lady Studios to fulfill Bowie’s wish and remake Never Let Me Down, which now features a guest appearance by Laurie Anderson on “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).” The 2018 reworking also boasts “newly ‘remixed’ artwork reflecting the album’s subject matter and features unseen images from the original cover photographic session from the archive of Greg Gorman.

Cure article in new Rock & Folk

Killing an Arab: The Cure try to reclaim their most controversial single

From the New Statesman:

Killing an Arab: The Cure try to reclaim their most controversial single

Can a song about murdering an Algerian ever be benign?

By Calum Bradshaw

“It should be a great gig – but they won’t play “Killing an Arab”” – this was the last text message my dad, at home, sent to me before my phone battery died in the sweltering heat of The Cure’s 40th anniversary celebration concert at London’s Hyde Park earlier this month.

My dad grew up on The Cure. He had the hair, the platforms, and the drainpipe jeans. He’s stuck with them through every sea change and slump. Against the grain of critical consensus, he reckons that “they’re at their best pre-“The Caterpillar”” – he’s a man who likes OG Cure, from “Boys Don’t Cry”, to “A Forest”, and the band’s first ever single, 1978’s “Killing an Arab”. If not for the inconvenient timing of his wedding anniversary, I’m sure Dad would have dusted off the Doc Martens and hopped on the train to the gig with me.

“Killing an Arab” is a short, spiky track with a colourful history. Written by frontman Robert Smith while he was still at school, it was released in 1978 with the B-side “10:15 Saturday Night”. Its main chorus line runs: “I’m alive / I’m dead / I’m the stranger / killing an Arab.” Its been called either racist or misunderstood in equal measure, and in Hyde Park – despite my dad’s convictions – The Cure played it.

The song draws its inspiration from the central action of Albert Camus’s novel L’Étranger (The Stranger), which follows a protagonist who murders an Algerian man on a beach after a love dispute involving the victim’s sister. This Arab, as he is continually referred to in the novel, is never named, and the protagonist, detached and unrepentant, is executed for his crime. The novel is an exploration of the nihilism and narcissism of its protagonist, and is held up as a crucial component of the 20th century canon. Sadly, few of the skinheads who turned out to early The Cure gigs had swotted up on their existentialist literature, and somewhat missed this memo.

Instead, racist interpretations saw Smith fighting a rearguard action over a song that, as he said in a 2001 interview with now defunct Canadian music magazine Chart Attack, he “had no idea that anyone would ever listen to... other than my immediate school friends”. When The Cure played at Kingston Polytechnic in 1979, they were asked not to include “Killing an Arab” in their set, over concerns of a racist message. It was widely dropped from radio playlists, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee asked for the song to be withdrawn from sale – it later reached a joint agreement with the band and copies of the singles collection Standing on a Beach were marketed with a sleeve sticker denouncing anti-Arab interpretations. The sticker read:

“The song ‘Killing an Arab’ has absolutely no racist overtones whatsoever. It is a song which decries the existence of all prejudice and consequent violence. The Cure condemn its use in furthering anti-Arab feeling.”

Roger at the British Grand Prix

Cure discussion on We Dig Music podcast

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Cure at Hyde Park (July 7th, 2018)

The Cure's 40th Anniversary Party
July 7th, 2018
BST at Hyde Park
London, England

Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures of You, High, A Night Like This, The Walk, End of the World, Lovesong, Push, In Between Days, Just Like Heaven, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, Play For Today, A Forest, Shake Dog Shake, Burn, Fascination Street, Never Enough, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Disintegration

1st encore: Lullaby, The Caterpillar, Friday I'm in Love, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.

"Thank you very much. See you again very soon. Thank you."

Articles & Reviews: Independent / Drowned in Sound / NME / Metro / Clash Music / Rolling Stone / Louder / Disarm / Big Issue / MusicOHM / Musik Express / Radio X / Yahoo / Muzikalia / Outside / Independent.IE / Spin / Le Temps / Mic / Statuesque Music Reviews / Slicing Up Eyeballs / Post Punk / NWI Times / Sopitas

Photos: Consequence of Sound / Sing Birds Sing: Twilight Sad - The Cure - Kathryn Joseph / Sound of Violence: Twilight Sad - The Cure / Marsworld: The Cure - Slowdive - Editors - Interpol / Paige K. Parsons: The Cure - The Twilight Sad / Aaron Law /

Scopes: Snuffybear (audio only)

Videos: Plainsong / A Night Like This 1 - 2 / Push / Just Like Heaven / Play For Today 1 - 2 / Shake Dog Shake / Burn / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / Disintegration 1 - 2 / Friday I'm in Love / Close to Me / Boys Don't Cry / Boys Don't Cry & Jumping Someone Else's Train & Grinding Halt / Jumping Someone Else's Train & Grinding Halt & 10:15 Saturday Night & Killing An Arab  / 10:15 Saturday Night & Killing An Arab / Boys Don't Cry & Jumping Someone Else's Train & Grinding Halt & 10:15 Saturday Night & Killing An Arab

Thank you so much to Snuffybear and everyone who shared photos and videos and reports and everything else! Thank you for letting fans who couldn't be there, celebrate the band that they love! Happy 40th anniversary, The Cure! We love you!

BST Hyde Park merch

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tim will be filming the Hyde Park show

Hyde Park t-shirt, lanyard, and mug

Cure Hyde Park T-shirt (£25) and Lanyard (£8) are up for ordering.

"Enter unique code from your email if you paid for shirt with Hyde Park ticket." Thanks @GMFree1.

Update (July 2nd, 2018): And now there's a mug, too

All Cure edition of Dark Wave this Sunday

Photos from the Crawley Museum Cure Exhibit

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Updates from the Crawley Museum Cure Exhibit

The Cure exhibition will run from July 1-22. Opening times are Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am to 4pm, Sunday 2-4.30pm.

Hyde Park schedule

Primary Entry: 12:30
Doors open for general admission: 13:30
Last entry: 21:00
Curfew: 22.30

Great Oak Stage
The Cure 20:10 - 22:20
Interpol 18:35 - 19:35
Goldfrapp 17:15 - 17:55
Editors 16:00 - 16:45
Slowdive 14:50 - 15:30
Pale Waves 13:40

Barclaycard Stage
Ride 19:25 - 20:10
Lisa Hannigan 17:55
Twilight Sad 16:35 - 17:15
This Will Destroy You 15:20

Summer Stage
Kathryn Joseph 17:55
Kaelan Mikla 16:35 - 17:15
PG Lost 15:20

Update (June 30th, 2018): Some updates to the schedules...Allthingsmata and Gallops have been removed. End time for The Twilight Sad added. Kaelyn Mikla and Kathryn Joseph have switched spots, so no more conflict between the Sad's set and Kathryn's set.

All times taken from the official BST Hyde Park app.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Hyde Park tickets for sale or trade

Had a bunch of requests for this lately, so here you go. If you have tickets for sale or trade, post them in the comments.

As always, only list tickets at face value or below (plus the ticket fees & shipping).

Hyde Park Aftershow Party

Facebook Event Page

Hyde Park pre-show party

Sunday, June 24, 2018

CURÆTION-25 at Meltdown Festival

Meltdown Festival
June 24th, 2018
Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre
London, England

Twilight Sad set: It Never Was The Same, VTR (new), The Arbor (new), There's A Girl in the Corner, And She Would Darken the Memory, Keep Yourself Warm (Frightened Rabbit cover).


Set 1 (From There to Here): Three Imaginary Boys, At Night, Other Voices, A Strange Day, Bananafishbones, A Night Like This, Like Cockatoos, Pictures of You, High, Jupiter Crash, 39, Us or Them, It's Over, It Can Never Be The Same.

Set 2 (From Here to There): Step Into The Light, The Hungry Ghost, alt.end, Last Day of Summer, Want, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Disintegration, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, Sinking, Shake Dog Shake, One Hundred Years, Primary, A Forest, Boys Don't Cry.

Note: Faith was listed on the official setlist, but was not played. Primary took its spot in the set.

Reviews & Articles: The Guardian / The Times / The Telegraph / The Arts Desk / NME / Slicing Up Eyeballs / CoS / Alternative Press

Periscope: A bit of soundcheck / The Twilight Sad audio / Cure Audio (all thanks to Snuffybear!)

Videos: 21 minutes, mix of songs / Three Imaginary Boys / Three Imaginary Boys & At Night / A Strange Day 1 - 2 - 3 / Bananafishbones / Like Cockatoos 1 - 2 / Jupiter Crash / Us or Them / It's Over / It Can Never Be The Same / Last Day of Summer / If Only Tonight We Could Sleep 1 - 2 / Sinking 1 - 2 - 3 / Shake Dog Shake / One Hundred Years /

"Curator Robert Smith closes the 25th Meltdown festival with an exclusive show at Royal Festival Hall, with support from The Twilight Sad.

He is 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."

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CURÆTION-25 shirts

Friday, June 15, 2018

Robert's BBC 6 playlist

Missed it or want to hear it again? Listen here.

Psychedelic Furs - India
Placebo - The Bitter End
65daysofstatic - Radio Protector
Vessels - Radiart
Alcest - Kodama
Eat Static (with Robert) - In All Worlds
Suzanne Vega - Small Blue Thing
God is an Astronaut - Shores of Orion
Death Cab For Cutie - The New Year
Maybeshewill - Sanctuary
Kiasmos - Drawn
MONO - Halo
The Libertines - Heart of the Matter
The Notwist - Boneless
Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life
Deftones - Anniversary of An Uninteresting Event
NIN - Every Day Is Exactly the Same
Low - Point of Disgust
Kristin Hersh - Crooked
My Bloody Valentine - Blown a Wish
Frightened Rabbit - I Feel Better
Mogwai - Batcat
The Cure - The Same Deep Water As You

Robert on BBC 6 Music today

Full schedule of Meltdown events

Thought it might be useful, or at least interesting, to compile the full list of Meltdown events here. If I missed anything, please let me know. And to everyone going, whether to one event or all of them, have a fantastic time! It's an amazing lineup, and if I could be there, I'd be at every show possible. Excellent job of curating, Robert! Congratulations on such a superb event, and best wishes on everything running as smoothly as possible with the minimum amount of hassles. Cheers!

June 15th

Royal Festival Hall
Friday Lunch: I'm in Love
7:30 PM Psychedelic Furs and The Church
Friday I'm in Love Party

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Friday Tonic: I'm in Love
7:30 PM 65daysofstatic and Tropic of Cancer
11 PM Concrete Lates: Kiasmos DJ set

Purcell Room
7:45 PM Joycut and Indian Queens

June 16th

Royal Festival Hall
Buskers Stage
7:30 PM Placebo and kaelan mikla

Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 PM The Notwist and Drahla
11 PM Concrete Lates: Vessels DJ set and live

Purcell Room
7:45 PM Jambinai and Tropic of Cancer

June 17th

Royal Festival Hall
Sunday Surprises
1-1:30 PM False Advertising
2-2:30 PM De Rosa
3-3:30 PM Is Bliss
4-4:30 PM Midas Fall
5-5:45 PM The Penelopes
6:15-7 PM Kagoule

7:30 PM The Libertines and Yonaka

Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 PM Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle

Purcell Room
7:45 PM Loop and Planning For Burial

June 18th

Royal Festival Hall
7:30 PM Death Cab for Cutie and Fear of Men

Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 PM God is an Astronaut and Jambinai

Purcell Room
7:45 PM Emma Ruth Rundle and Planning for Burial

June 19th

Royal Festival Hall
7:30 PM Manic Street Preachers and The Anchoress

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Frightened Rabbit and Pumarosa
"We are deeply saddened by the recent loss of Scott Hutchison. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the band at this difficult time.
In agreement with their management, we have decided not to replace Frightened Rabbit for the forthcoming show on 19 June as part of Meltdown. That night, out of respect to Scott and Frightened Rabbit, Queen Elizabeth Hall will stay dark. All ticket holders will be fully refunded.
Pumarosa, who were due to support Frightened Rabbit, will now perform on our riverside stage during Meltdown on 24 June, free to the public.

7:30 PM Mental Health and the Music Industry
The music industry has seen a number of devastating losses of life in recent years, and ever-increasing numbers of musicians are speaking out in the media and in their songs about struggles with mental health.

Musicians Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), Stefan Olsdal (Placebo) and Dizraeli, along with mental health professionals from Help Musicians, discuss the current state of mental health in the music industry. The conversation is moderated by clinical psychologist Dr Jay Watts.

This special event replaces the cancelled Frightened Rabbit performance in Queen Elizabeth Hall on 19 June.

Purcell Room
7:45 PM Vex Red and Douglas Dare

June 20th

Royal Festival Hall
7:30 PM Deftones and pg.lost

Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 PM Low and Jo Quail
Jónsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

Purcell Room
7:45 PM Moon Duo and Hilary Woods

June 21st

Royal Festival Hall
8 PM Mogwai and Kathryn Joseph

Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 PM Kristin Hersh and Matt Holubowski
Jónsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

Purcell Room
7:45 PM pg.lost and Thought Forms

June 22nd

Royal Festival Hall
Friday Lunch: I'm in Love
7:30 PM Nine Inch Nails and Black Moth Super Rainbow
Friday I'm in Love Party

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Friday Tonic: I'm in Love
7:30 PM Mono and Jo Quail
Jónsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

Purcell Room
7:45 PM The Joy Formidable and Kidsmoke

June 23rd

Royal Festival Hall
Buskers Stage
5:30 PM Meltdown Big Busk
7:30 PM My Bloody Valentine and The Soft Moon

Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 PM Suzanne Vega and James Walsh
11 PM Concrete Lates: Eat Static DJ set

Purcell Room
7:45 PM And Also the Trees and A Dead Forest Index

June 24th

Royal Festival Hall
Sunday Surprises
1-1:30 PM Kite Base
2-2:30 PM Martinez
3-3:30 PM Blue Crime
4-4:30 PM Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
5-5:30 PM Skinny Girl Diet
6-7 PM Pumarosa

7:30 PM CURÆTION-25 - Robert Smith and 'Curious Friends' and The Twilight Sad
10:30 PM Melted afterparty

Queen Elizabeth Hall
7:30 PM Maybeshewill and I Like Trains

Purcell Room
6:30 PM The Soft Moon and The KVB

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Important Meltdown ticket info

Anyone waiting for e-tickets for Meltdown:
'We identified a glitch in our system which meant that not all e-tickets were generated as expected. We’re in the process of rectifying the issue, They’ll come in a separate email from no-reply@southbankcentre.co.uk. Some email providers often move these to your spam/junk folders. If for whatever reason they don’t arrive by the day of the show please bring your confirmation email with you to the ticket office and we’ll happily print these onto physical tickets for you there." Thanks, @mattsmudge.

Last chances for a Meltdown

Robert interview with Time Out London

Another new interview with Robert, this one in Time Out London. Some excerpts:

Let’s talk about Meltdown. Have you been to Meltdown shows as a fan before?
'I came to see Bowie when he put on his Meltdown [in 2002]. I saw all his [Meltdown] shows, actually. And I saw Tricky one year. I think the curator was… Oh, I’m terrible. Reggae bloke, wears a tinfoil hat.’

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry?
'Yes! I saw Tricky at that festival. It was one of the weirdest backstages I’ve ever been to in my life – you could cut through the smoke with a knife. So yeah, I’ve been to a few over the years, and it’s an honour to be able to put it together.'

Does it feel weird doing something like this solo, not as The Cure?
'I’ve never done anything this public where it’s just me. It wasn’t how I intended it at all – it was going to be The Cure’s Meltdown. But this big Hyde Park show came up at the same time and they were very iffy about exclusivity, so it became my Meltdown. It’s actually a good thing, because it would have been utterly impractical to have a five-piece curating a festival. We can’t even agree what to listen to on a tour bus.’

A lot of the bands you’ve picked are from the same sort of era and genre. Was that deliberate?
'I wasn’t trying to be everything to everyone. I listen to loads of stuff, and none of it’s suitable for Meltdown – if I started to bring it all in, it’d be a right hotch-potch. So I limited it to bands that were really great live bands. I’ve always been drawn to more emotional music, and they all wear their hearts on their sleeve.’

They’re major acts too.
'I went on Wikipedia and looked at everyone else’s line-ups and thought: Right, I’ll just aim ridiculously high. So my first invitation was to The Rolling Stones. They knocked me back,
but my next shortlist of acts all said yes, which I was incredibly honoured by.’

You announced Frightened Rabbit for the line-up a month before the tragic death of their frontman Scott Hutchison. How did that make you feel?
'It’s awful. They were one of the bands that I was really, really looking forward to seeing. I’ve been listening to them for ten years. I’ve never met him, but I feel I know him because of his voice.’

I’ve heard that you want to watch every single band at the festival. Is that possible?
'Theoretically it’s possible. I’m not sure if it’s physically or mentally possible, but I intend to try. How I will feel by day six, I’m not sure.’

And what are you planning for your own show: Curætion 25?
'The show that I’m constructing for the final night is utterly different to anything we’ve done for a long time. There was something on the website saying the audience is encouraged to stand. I was like, hold on! I’m putting together a show that is utterly morose! Hyde Park’s a big festival vibe, Meltdown’s going to be two hours of doom and gloom. We probably won’t be playing the big singles.’

Did you expect to still be playing shows at all, at nearly 60?
'No. If I had ever been intent on being the number one band in the world and was still relentlessly banging my head against that particular wall, I would hopefully be dead – and if not, I would just be a moron. The process was what I enjoyed: to be an artist, if I want to be poncy about it. Everything The Cure’s ever done is purely selfish. I’ve only got one life, and I should really be doing stuff that brings me satisfaction. Anyway, one day my hair will all fall out and I won’t look gothic any more. So just wait for that.’