Part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown

Meltdown curator M.I.A. closes the festival with a special Royal Festival Hall performance.

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. is recognised worldwide as a rapper, producer, director, visual artist and activist.

Thanks to her introduction to the Roland MC-505 sequencing machine by electro-clash supreme Peaches, M.I.A. made her first song ‘Galang’, which features on her first album in 2005, Arular. She then went on to make another four albums, packed with politically conscious lyrics and inimitable genre-blending.

Throughout her career, M.I.A. has forged creative collaborations with a multitude of artists, including Diplo, Afrikan Boy, Baauer and Timbaland – to name a few – with music influences ranging from nu rave and dancehall, to electro and hip-hop from around the world.

M.I.A. performs with Women of the Roundhouse Choir.

M.I.A is supported by Branko, who first became known on the international scene as the driving creative force in Buraka som Sistema.

Branko's solo work has included several singles, a mixtape, an EP and most recently a debut album entitled Atlas on his own label Enchufada, featuring collaborations with artists like Mayra Andrade, Princess Nokia, Mr. Carmack and Okmalumkoolkat, to name a few. Branko produced the 'Goals' track that M.I.A. put out alongside Meltdown last week.

Most recently the producer has been working on music for other artists (including M.I.A.), whilst spreading his ‘Enchufada Na Zona’ sound to the world via a show on London radio station NTS and forthcoming compilation of the same name. Roughly translated from Portuguese, Na Zona means something like being in a specific place, occupying a zone and owning it – a fitting metaphor for Branko’s career as a DJ and producer exploring the global side of club music.

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Royal Festival Hall


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+. Under 18s should be accompanied by an adult.

Sensitive content
Please note this performance contains strong language.

Set times
7.30pm: Doors
7.45pm: Branko
8.30pm: M.I.A.

Event information
Although Royal Festival Hall is a seated venue, you're encouraged to get up and dance at this gig.

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