English indie-rock icons The Libertines played Meltdown Festival yesterday, and included in their set a cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”. Meltdown Festival is curated by a different artist every year, and 2018 saw The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith take over the role.
Previous Meltdown curators include Smith’s own inspirations and contemporaries, like David Bowie, and Morrissey, as well as legends from other genres like Elvis Costello, Yoko Ono, and Nick Cave. John Peel was also allowed to take the helm due to his legendary DJ status, though to this day he remains the first non-musician to have done so.
Robert Smith’s Meltdown line-up includes big names and underground acts alike, and spans a wide range of genres from post-punk and rock, to indie and emo, to experimental metal, synth acts and singer-songwriters. Stand-outs include Death Cab For Cutie, Nine Inch Nails, Manic Street Preachers and The Joy Formidable.
As for The Libertines, their set included everything from their earliest work to their biggest hits, with The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” sitting somewhere in the middle. Chances are they won’t be the only band to pay tribute to the singer who asked them to join the festival’s line-up, as the festival lasts a whopping nine days and includes a variety of venues, workshops and acts.
Many of the largest acts gracing London’s Southbank Centre during Meltdown have already sold out, but plenty others still have tickets available. You can find the events that still have spaces and buy tickets here. Those with tickets can also catch The Cure at their 40th anniversary headline set at Barclays British Summer Time Festival.