Robert Smith marks 40th anniversary of The Cure as Meltdown Festival Cure-ator

Robert Smith has revealed to the NME that he’ll be performing at his own curated Meltdown Festival this summer, which has also inspired him to write new material for The Cure.

Following in the well-trodden footsteps of distinguished figures like David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker, Robert Smith has hand selected the acts heading to the Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre this June. Last month the initial line up was revealed, including Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, The Psychedelic Furs, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO, and The Notwist all announced for the 25th edition of the iconic Meltdown Festival.

Recently the reclusive Robert Smith gave a rare interview to Matt Everitt on BBC 6 Music, where he discussed the Meltdown Festival, and what the future holds for The Cure: “It might just be a reaction to the fact that in the modern world, people talk endlessly about nothing,” Robert Smith said to explain his media silence in recent years. He said that he was simply waiting for a “focal point to a new project”, claiming that without that “the whole notion of doing an interview becomes redundant” without new material to discuss.

Robert Smith’s research into acts to play the Meltdown Festival has inspired him to go back into the studio. The process of curation has “reinvigorated his creativity and made him want to do something new.” Robert Smith explained: “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.”

Robert Smith will be performing on the closing Sunday of the Meltdown Festival with a selection of collaborators. He elaborated: “It will be me and four other people that I know really well, and some others,” he said, adding that they’d be playing “primarily Cure songs” and interpretations of tracks by the band with “different instrumentation”, with a set “completely different to the Hyde Park show” and “a little bit more weird.”

The Record Press author can’t believe that it is 40 years since Robert Smith and The Cure released their first single. My introduction to Robert Smith and The Cure was their 1980 single “A Forest”, which was one of the few songs guaranteed to get me on the dancefloor in the early 1980s, along with “Sanctuary” by The Cult and New Order’s “Blue Monday”. For me Robert Smith and The Cure were two sides of the same coin with Siouxsie Sioux and The Banshees. I’m sure Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux were separated at birth.
Since 1980 I have always adored the tortured, melancholic and morose vocals of Robert Smith and for this reason I can forgive him for accidentally smudging his red lipstick every morning!! Lest we forget the brilliance of Robert Smith and The Cure, here is our Record Press Top 5 Best The Cure Songs –
Top 5 Best The Cure Songs
1) A Forest ( No31 1980 )
2) The Love Cats ( No7 1983 )
3) Friday I’m In Love ( No6 1992 )
4) Fascination Street ( Non hit 1989 )
5) In Between Days ( No15 1885 )
6) A Strange Day ( Non hit 1982 )
7) Boys Don’t Cry ( No22 1986 )
8) Killing An Arab ( Non hit 1978 )
9) Let’s Go To Bed ( No44 1982 )
10) Close To Me ( No24 1985 )
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Bestival moving from Isle of Wight to Dorset

Bestival organisers have announced they are moving the festival from the Isle of Wight to Dorset.

The four-day Bestival event is to be held at the Lulworth Estate in September on the same site as Camp Bestival – a family event which takes place in July. Organiser Rob da Bank said the decision was down to the “boring economics of getting people on to the island”.

Bestival has been held at Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport, annually since 2003. The DJ and festival founder, who lives on the Isle of Wight, said: “It’s been a bittersweet morning. Things have really stacked up against us in a really boring economic fashion.  Every year it’s just been something that has been brewing and we needed to make the move now otherwise we would have been struggling.”

Rob da Bank added: “We remain fully committed to supporting the Isle of Wight through music, charities and projects. Plus, we’re working towards a new event for the island.”

Jonathan Bacon, leader of Isle of Wight Council, commented: “I think people have been aware that big events on the island have been struggling. It’s an extremely sad situation for Bestival which is so closely linked to the island but I’m sure the organisers have not made this decision without thinking very carefully.”

Ian Jenkins, general manager of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, said: “I think it’s sad. It’s been here for a long time. It must have been a fairly big decision. It’s encouraging that he’s thinking about putting something else on. What we can do as an island is make sure we are always available for people to put on good quality events to attract people into the county.”

Bestival takes place on 7th-10th September and is hoped to attract about 40,000 people, although the official capacity is expected to be higher. The 2016 event in Newport had a capacity of 55,000 but only 40,000 tickets were sold.

Camp Bestival, which is aimed at families with children, takes place on 27-30 July 2017 in the grounds of Lulworth Castle and attracts 35,000 people.