M.I.A.’s Meltdown got underway in emphatic style as Edinburgh-based collective Young Fathers had the Royal Festival Hall stage bouncing on the festival’s opening night.
Playing tracks from both their 2014 Mercury Prize-winning album Dead, and the 2015 follow-up White Men Are Black Men Too, the hip-hop pop trio had the Southbank Centre crowd up in the aisles during their performances of Only God Knows and Low.
Young Fathers genre-bending and undeniably crowd-pleasing set, placed a high benchmark for the rest of acts lined-up for M.I.A.’s Meltdown. The perfect start to a festival pitched by the curator herself as ‘a platform for creative pioneers’, showcasing ‘different types of music which have inspired each other to exist’.
M.I.A.’s Meltdown takes place at Southbank Centre from 9-18 June, with tickets still available for some shows.