The Cure’s Robert Smith Is Curating London’s Meltdown Festival And The Initial Lineup Is Stacked

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Artist-curated festivals might be the biggest trend in live entertainment, with everyone from The Growlers, Hundred Waters, Tyler, The Creator, Bon Iver, and The National in on the fun. A festival like Sled Island in Canada does a yearly curator, keeping things fresh in terms of vision. But no other event has the history of artist curation like London’s Meltdown Festival. Over the last 25 years, it has had a murderer’s row of musicians work with the fest, including Yoko Ono, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Massive Attack, Anohni, Scott Walker, Morrissey, MIA, David Byrne, Ornette Coleman, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and frickin’ David Bowie.

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