The Cure’s Robert Smith Adds More Acts To Meltdown Festival And Dishes On Upcoming Cure Plans

This year’s Meltdown Festival curated by Robert Smith gets bigger with the second wave of acts. New additions to the bill include Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Low, God Is An Astronaut, The Soft Moon, Suzanne Vega, The Joy Formidable, and Maybeshewill. Smith also revealed that The Cure will headline the last day of the festival on June 24. But instead of being a typical Cure gig, the set will feature “interpretations of Cure songs” with “different configurations of people on stage.”

Setting up this festival has gotten Smith in the mood for creating new music. During an interview with BBC 6 Music, he said “I’ve suddenly fallen in love with the idea of writing new songs” and even said he booked time in the studios “to do some demos next month.” The Cure haven’t released a new album since 2008’s 4:13 Dream. Their last new recording was a cover of The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” for a Paul McCartney tribute album in 2014.

As far as celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Cure, Smith had some touring plans in mind. “I think we’ll end up going around the world next year,” he said during the interview. “I think we’ll be recognizing some anniversaries next Year too. Like our first album and Disintegration, maybe.” BBC 6 also teased more Cure news coming this Friday. We can’t wait to hear what it is!

After Meltdown Festival, The Cure will play a 40th-anniversary concert at Hyde Park in London featuring Interpol, Slowdive, Ride, Goldfrapp, Editors, and The Twilight Sad. They’re also releasing two remix album for Record Store Day: a vinyl reissue of 1990’s Mixed Up and a new collection called Torn Down (Mixed Up Extras). You can pick up your copy at your local record store on April 21.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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