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. Member's pre-sale tickets go on sale Tue 4 Apr at 10am for 48hrs. For your best chance to get tickets become a Member now.  Join now

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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9 Jun 2017

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


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

11 Jun 2017

7:30 pm, 11 Jun 2017
Afro Trap and Afrobeat meet in this one-off double bill with MHD and Mr Eazi.

14 Jun 2017

7:30 pm, 14 Jun 2017
Atmospheric and alternative hip-hop hit Meltdown with Swedish rapper Yung Lean.

15 Jun 2017

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

16 Jun 2017

8:00 pm, 16 Jun 2017
Get ready for lo-res electronic noise and pop hooks with Crystal Castles.

17 Jun 2017

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.
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

7:30 pm, 18 Jun 2017
Meltdown curator M.I.A. closes the festival with a special Royal Festival Hall performance.

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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Rapper, producer, director and visual artist M.I.A. will curate the 24th Meltdown festival in 2017
Guy Garvey’s Meltdown festival 2016

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