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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Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell perform songs from Yoko Ono's Meltdown
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch highlights from Reggie Watts' set at Yoko Ono's Meltdown
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto perform at the Royal Festival Hall
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch Earl Slick - Diary of a Sideman
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto performing as part of Yoko Ono's Meltdown
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Watch the whole ATOMIC BOMB! concert in full or jump to individual tracks
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
In 2015, its 22nd year, Meltdown with David Byrne spanned a range of musical genres, from afro-funk

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9 Jun
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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Rapper, producer, director and visual artist M.I.A. will curate the 24th Meltdown festival in 2017

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