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Main image: Manic Street preachers © Kevin Cummins

Pulling in all the favours, Robert Smith has announced the first wave of collaborators joining him for his curation of this year’s Meltdown Festival, including My Bloody Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, Deftones, Mogwai and Placebo.

The Psychedelic Furs, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, The Church, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO, and the Notwist complete the initial billing.

Smith said of the announcement: “As each invitee confirms, as each shimmering piece falls into place, I pinch myself – this is really happening… And the complete picture will undoubtedly be out of this world!”

Tickets go on sale to Southbank members from 13th March, for more information on tickets and specific dates, visit the Meltdown website.