M.I.A. curates London Southbank Meltdown Festival

London rapper-producer-artist M.I.A. is curating the 24th Meltdown festival at the Southbank. She will headline her own concert to close the festival on 18 June, and brings a typically eclectic mix of talent to the line-up.

M.I.A. (Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam) blends rave, electro, hip hop and world music influences with a political edge to create her own inimitable style. 

Opening Meltdown on 9 June are widely acclaimed Edinburgh-based trio Young Fathers, whose debut album ‘Dead’ won the Mercury Prize in 2014. 

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Other acts M.I.A. has lined up are rapper Afrikan Boy (10 June) for a “late night Meltdown party”, Afro rap and Afrobeat from MHD and Mr Eazi (11 June), alt-hip-hop from Yung Lean (14 June), I Wayne and Dexta Daps with Jamaican reggae and dancehall (15 June), the rebooted electro noise of Crystal Castles (16 June), and more hip hop and rap from Young M.A. and Tommy Genesis, as well as JD Samson and Mykki Blanco (17 June).

“I’m bringing together new outlaw musicians from everywhere, who have contributed to keeping things weird, exciting, opinionated, loud, emotional and brave or off the grid in the present climate,” M.I.A. says of her Meltdown line-up.

“For me this Meltdown will be about putting on a musical week that shows different types of music which have inspired each other to exist. Genres that support other genres, redefining the concept of a melting pot. Respect the history, don’t live in it. I plan to bring together music’s best forward thinkers who have contributed to all our lives. When music acts as inspiration, it’s boundary-less,” she adds.

Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Ray Davies, Morrissey and Ornette Coleman have previously curated Meltdown.

Meltdown takes place on 9-18 June. Southbank members’ pre-sale tickets go on sale on 4 April at 10am for 48 hours, after which tickets become generally available. 

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