Robert Smith might not be the most agreeable or compliant subject for photographers (seasoned veteran Denis O'Regan described him in some fairly choice terms at the Art Of Punk And New Wave exhibition in Cardiff last month), but the Cure frontman evidently knows how to put together a festival line-up that gets people feverishly excited. The annual Meltdown bash is traditionally a mixture of the legendary and the leftfield, but as this year's curator Smith has chosen a very impressive bill of big-hitters that even had Kerrang! whooping with delight.
Over the course of the event, which takes place in June, there'll be appearances from Mogwai, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, My Bloody Valentine, Mono, 65daysofstatic, Manic Street Preachers, Placebo and Kristin Hersh. Oh, and The Libertines - but it's probably not fair to hold that against him in view of what else he's laying on.