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M.I.A.'s Meltdown

9 Jun - 18 Jun

M.I.A. curates the 24th Meltdown. Sri Lankan-born and London-bred, she is recognised worldwide as a rapper, producer, director, visual artist and activist.

Born Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, her influences range from Nu Rave and dancehall to electro and hip-hop from around the world. Albums including Arular, Kala, /\/\/\Y/\ and AIM have topped critical charts with their politically conscious lyrics and inimitable genre-blending.

Named one of the ten defining artists of the 2000s by Rolling Stone and one of the world’s one hundred most influential people by Time magazine, she has been nominated for two Grammys, a Mercury Prize and an Academy Award.

M.I.A. has forged creative collaborations with a multitude of artists, including Diplo, Afrikan Boy, Baauer and Timbaland. She follows in the footsteps of renowned festival directors including Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne.

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Electronic
Folk & World
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:59
Yep, change your life. Here's your guide to what promises to be an unforgettable 10 days
Electronic
Rock & Pop
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:39
Soulwax and grime superstar Giggs are among the newly added acts
Urban
Gigs
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 17:18
Dive into M.I.A.'s Meltdown with our playlist, featuring tracks from all the names taking the stage
Electronic
Rock & Pop
Mon, 02/06/2017 - 17:52
Rapper, producer, director and visual artist M.I.A. will curate the 24th Meltdown festival in 2017
Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:10
Guy Garvey’s Meltdown festival 2016
Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:48
A highlight of David Byrne's Meltdown in 2015, Atomic Bomb!
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch Cibo Matto's entire set
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch Keaton Henson perform Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us?
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination

9 Jun 2017

Gigs
Electronic
7:30 pm, 9 Jun 2017
The award-winning trio test our building’s structure with a show especially created for Meltdown

10 Jun 2017

Man conducting drum line

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
2:00 pm, 10 Jun 2017
Get in the carnival spirit with a day of free music and dancing
Gigs
Electronic
9:30 pm, 10 Jun 2017
Dance music maestros Soulwax bring their incredible energy to Meltdown

Free

Gigs
Urban
10:30 pm, 10 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
Rapper Afrikan Boy takes centre stage for a late night Meltdown party

11 Jun 2017

crowd and singer outdoors

Free

Gigs
Urban
1:00 pm, 11 Jun 2017
Join London's top DJs pumping out tunes in a free day-long party
Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 11 Jun 2017
Get ready for African sounds and danceable beats as French rapper MHD plays a one-off show for Meltdown

12 Jun 2017

Leonard Cohen at the Arena in Geneva

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
6:30 pm, 12 Jun 2017
Are songwriters the true poets of our age?
Gigs
Urban
8:00 pm, 12 Jun 2017
South London’s Giggs brings creative wordplay to his grime and hip-hop set at Meltdown

14 Jun 2017

Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 14 Jun 2017
Atmospheric and alternative hip-hop hit Meltdown with Swedish rapper Yung Lean
Man singing on stage

Free

Gigs
Urban
9:30 pm, 14 Jun 2017
Live our your rap fantasy with the UK's original Hip-Hop Karaoke

15 Jun 2017

Gigs
Folk & World
7:30 pm, 15 Jun 2017
Jamaica’s Dexta Daps and I Wayne bring reggae and dancehall to Meltdown

16 Jun 2017

Gigs
Electronic
8:00 pm, 16 Jun 2017
Get ready for lo-res electronic noise and pop hooks with Crystal Castles
Gigs
Urban
10:00 pm, 16 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
Atlanta and London underground music culture melds in a two-hour rave with Awful Records

17 Jun 2017

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
1:00 pm, 17 Jun 2017
Come along for a day of outdoor entertainment from the UK's South Asian communities
Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 17 Jun 2017
See Brooklyn rapper Young M.A. and Vancouver’s Tommy Genesis in a double-bill night of undeniable hip-hop
Gigs
Electronic
10:30 pm, 17 Jun 2017 - 18 Jun 2017
Positive party vibes and riot grrrl rap await with queer pioneers Mykki Blanco and JD Samson

18 Jun 2017

Man reading at microphone

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
2:00 pm, 18 Jun 2017
Enjoy bands with stories from around the world as we enjoy Refugee Week
Gigs
Urban
7:30 pm, 18 Jun 2017
Meltdown curator M.I.A. closes the festival with a special Royal Festival Hall performance

9 Jun
Gigs
Electronic
The award-winning trio test our building’s structure with a show especially created for Meltdown
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Since 1993 some of the world’s most distinguished musicians have been the guest directors of Meltdown. From John Peel through to Massive Attack, via David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey and more, Meltdown has given seminal artists the chance to pick their favourite artists to play and exhibit their work at Southbank Centre.

1993 George Benjamin
1994 Louis Andriessen
1995 Elvis Costello
1996 Magnus Lindberg
1997 Laurie Anderson
1998 John Peel
1999 Nick Cave
2000 Scott Walker
2001 Robert Wyatt
2002 David Bowie
2003 Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
2004 Morrissey
2005 Patti Smith
2007 Jarvis Cocker
2008 Massive Attack
2009 Ornette Coleman
2010 Richard Thompson
2011 Ray Davies
2012 Antony Hegarty
2013 Yoko Ono
2014 James Lavelle
2015 David Byrne
2016 Guy Garvey
2017 M.I.A.

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