Backstage with M.I.A. at Meltdown
Go behind the scenes at Meltdown, with an exclusive video of M.I.A. as the curator of this year’s festival gets ready to perform her own headline set.
‘Meltdown was the perfect festival for M.I.A.’ wrote Sam Wolfson in The Guardian, and it’s easy to see why. An artist who has always sought to push limits and test boundaries, she has, over the course of Meltdown’s ten days, pushed queer-rap and French afro-trap from music’s margins into Southbank Centre’s sizable spotlights, and brought Grime to a stage more familiar with Grieg.
On Sunday 18 June, M.I.A. brought Meltdown to a spectacular end with a show that, like the festival, was distinctly hers. This video takes you backstage at Southbank Centre ahead of that performance, into the corridors and dressing rooms of Royal Festival Hall, as M.I.A. and her dancers get ready to perform their set.
An artist who has often been caricatured as feisty, testy even, by interviewers and media commentators, this exclusive footage gives a welcome chance to break that down and see M.I.A. straight-up. The artist at ease in her own space as she jokes with her support crew before taking to the Southbank Centre stage.
Video courtesy of Adriano Vilanova Smith and George Cullen