M.I.A., Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Young M.A, Mykki Blanco, JD Samson, MHD, Afrikan Boy, I Wayne, Dexta Daps, Yung Lean, Tommy Genesis - with more shows to be announced
Today Southbank Centre reveals the first names for rapper, producer, director and visual artist M.I.A.’s Meltdown, a festival famed for bringing to life the world of its director. This year M.I.A. showcases emerging and established artists from across the world to create a melting pot for global culture at Southbank Centre from Friday 9 – Sunday 18 June 2017.
The line-up includes Scotland-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers, a double-bill with Jamaica reggae stars I Wayne and Dexta Daps; French rapper MHD performing alongside Nigerian soulster Mr Eazi; electronic hip-hop artist Yung Lean from Sweden; Canadian electro thrash-pop duo Crystal Castles; the UK premiere of Brooklyn-based rapper Young M.A and many more.
M.I.A.’s international line-up includes
- Mercury Prize-winning trio Young Fathers – whose members hail from Liberia, Nigeria and Scotland – open the festival with a unique show created specially for Meltdown, followed by a late night after-party on the Clore Ballroom (9 June)
- Known for their high-energy live shows, Canadian electro thrash-pop duo Crystal Castles perform in the Royal Festival Hall (16 June)
- In a UK premiere, viral sensation Young M.A brings her uncompromising flow and hip-hop style to the Royal Festival Hall alongside Canadian rapper and visual artist Tommy Genesis, whose music blurs the lines between electronica and hip-hop (17 June)
- A double-bill featuring one of Jamaica’s foremost reggae artists I Wayne alongside dancehall star and M.I.A. collaborator Dexta Daps (15 June)
- Afro-trap pioneer MHD , straight from the streets of Paris, collecting hundreds of millions of YouTube views on the way (11 June)
- US Performance artist turned riot grrl rapper and queer pioneer Mykki Blanco takes to the Clore Ballroom stage, followed by a DJ set from legendary Le Tigre musician, DJ and activist JD Samson (17 June)
- London-based rapper Afrikan Boy ’s unique fusion of rap, afrobeat and grime bringing together the bass-heavy sounds of urban London with the rhythmic beats of Nigeria for a late night show (10 June)
- A night of atmospheric hip-hop from Swedish rapper Yung Lean in his only European show this Summer (14 June)
- Festival curator M.I.A. closes the festival in a unique finale packed with surprises in her Royal Festival Hall debut (18 June)
Throughout M.I.A.’s Meltdown a range of free activity including music, multimedia, art and film events take over the site to contribute to the festive atmosphere. The festival celebrates London's diverse melting pot of cultures, in a programme that works closely with local communities including a mass carnival across the site and a free all-day block party on Riverside Terrace. Leading into Refugee Week on 18 June, Meltdown will also present an entire day of free activity working with refugee artists and charities, with musicians popping-up across the site in a day produced in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts.
Nominated for two Grammys, a Mercury Prize and an Academy Award, as well as recently being named Best Female at this year’s NME Awards, M.I.A.’s accolade-studded musical career spans thirteen years and five albums. She has continuously defied stylistic genres with diverse influences ranging from nu-rave, dancehall, electro and hip-hop. Her Meltdown stays true to this eclectic approach, creating a melting pot of global culture across Southbank Centre’s site.
Tickets will be on sale to members on 4 April at 10am and to general public on 6 April at 10am.
FULL LIST OF ANNOUNCED ACTS BELOW – MORE TO FOLLOW IN COMING MONTHS
YOUNG FATHERS - Friday 9 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall
AFRIKAN BOY - Saturday 10 June, 10:30pm, Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall MHD - Sunday 11 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall
YUNG LEAN - Wednesday 14 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall
I WAYNE / DEXTA DAPS - Thursday 15 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall
CRYSTAL CASTLES - Friday 16 June, 8:00pm, Royal Festival Hall
YOUNG M.A / TOMMY GENESIS - Saturday 17 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall JD
SAMSON / MYKKI BLANCO - Saturday 17 June, 10:30pm, Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall M.I.A. - Sunday 18 June, 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall
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Notes to Editors
Meltdown festival, 1993 – present
Southbank Centre’s annual Meltdown festival has been running since 1993 and each year invites a different cultural figure to act as director of the event and pick the performers of their choosing. Previous directors include: Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Lee Scratch-Perry, Morrissey, Massive Attack, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Scott Walker, John Peel, Ornette Coleman, Richard Thomson, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies, Guy Garvey and Anohni (previously Antony). Performers have included musicians, artists, filmmakers and comedians, such as Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Ivor Cutler, Radiohead, Grace Jones, Sir Michael Palin, Damon Albarn, Sir Les Paterson, Nancy Sinatra and The Master Musicians of Jajouka. Meltdown has a reputation for staging one-off performances and collaborations by legendary artists. The New York Dolls reunited for Morrissey; Jeff Buckley played his final UK show at Elvis Costello's Meltdown; Nick Cave, Grace Jones and Pete Doherty sang Disney songs with Jarvis Cocker; Patti Smith performed Horses in full for her Meltdown; Ray Davies re-staged the TV pop show Ready Steady Go!, and a rare live performance from Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser as part of Antony’s Meltdown.
In 2000, the Sri Lankan born, London bred Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam was encouraged, by electro-clash icon Peaches, to make music on a Roland MC-505 Groovebox. Since then she has released five critically acclaimed albums and is the only artist in history to receive nominations for a Mercury Award, Academy Award, Grammy Award, Brit Award and Alternative Turner Prize. She has also been named by multiple magazines as leading influencer of her generation - as a rapper, songwriter, record producer, director, visual artist, activist, photographer, fashion designer and model.
About Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.