Meltdown 2018 curated by Robert Smith

I forgot about the standing encouraged thing, seems weird to me, has to be all or nothing if some people stand they will block people behind them, they should just accept they are a seated venue

Yeah, that’s what i feel. Going to see Death Cab tomorrow and would rather just sit for it and enjoy the comfort.

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The Notwist were pretty good last night, but the vocals were so muffled whenever it wasn’t a super quiet song. I ended up complaining to the sound guy, which I’ve never done before, and so did two other folk, but it made no difference.

I was in the rear stalls of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and it was almost half empty in that section. A few people stood up near the back to dance towards the end, and so we went to join them (near the back in the stairs to avoid being in anybody’s way). A couple of people dancing in the front section by the end, but that’s it. I suppose it might be different if you had a band who actively encouraged it though.

At the very least it reminded me of how comfy the seats are there!

Jambinai were incredible last night! Anyone who’s going to God Is An Astronaut tomorrow make sure you get there early to see them support!

Really looking forward to Emma Ruth Rundle and Mono this week (although gutted I missed out on MBV tickets). Can’t Robert Smith just curate a festival every year?


Went to the secret Sunday thing yesterday, they had a bunch of bands playing for free in the main hall.
Is Bliss were great, psych rock with a Spaceman 3 / Spiritualized thing going on.
Midas Fall were amazing after they got over some technical difficulties. I still think they sound like Tori Amos’s post rock band but live they are something else, they just ripped it up.

Looking forward to GIAA tonight.

I was with my mum on her 70th yesterday and we popped into the Southbank to use the loos. She was instantly intrigued by the bands playing and sat through Is Bliss and Midas Fall whilst happily tapping her feet and clapping along in some instances. It was so cute and lovely that I had to go for a wee cry out of view.


Yeah it was strange being seated, I didn’t realise standing was encouraged. But as you said, the impact and their reaction to the standing ovation was lovely.

There was that girl who was absolutely going for it in the middle gangway, who later got told to move to the front left corner.

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We were sat diagonally behind her - she was good value :+1:


I’m actively dreading sitting down for Mogwai, to be honest.

I hope your mum had a lovely day. I saw Is Bliss play with Air Formation a while back and enjoyed them.


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Here’s a little Guide to the Meltdown bill, and a stab at the dream line up if Danielle Perry and I were to curate it.

Standing didn’t go down well tonight. Thankfully we were on the other side and there was a lot less of that sort of fun.

God is an Astronaut were brilliant but I was far more freaked out that I was 2 seats from Alan Moore.
Proper star struck. :hushed:


Agreed that the front-of-house sound was garbage. Too much bass frequency smothers and drowns out everything else, guys!

Incredibly excited about seeing MBV for a fourth time on Saturday evening, but weirdly anxious about the whole encouraged standing thing (I want to stand!). We are in the nosebleeds right at the back, so potentially less of an issue I suppose, but do wish they would choose one or the other as can see their being a problem if you have folk behind you who have no interest in that.

Mate is selling a couple of stalls tickets to Mogwai this week as he can’t go. 55 quid for the pair, face value was 75 I think.

I went to Deftones tonight and more or less the whole place ran to the front and stood as the lights went down


Some setlist!