M.I.A.'s Meltdown

In June 2017, rapper, artist, producer and activist M.I.A. followed in the footsteps of Patti Smith, Anohni, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne as the curator of Meltdown.

Her line-up of outlaw musicians included Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Soulwax, Giggs, Young M.A, Afrikan Boy, Mykki Blanco, JD Samson, I Wayne, Dexta Daps, Yung Lean, Princess Nokia, MHD and more.

The festival featured a carnival day, a South Asian mela and a party with community radio station Rinse FM, plus activities for Refugee Week.

I'm bringing together new outlaw musicians from everywhere, who have contributed to keeping things weird, exciting, opinionated, loud, emotional and brave or off the grid in the present climate

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A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Try your hand(s) at the LPO’s Rite of Spring clap-along game
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Cap off a marvellous summer with our weekend of varied fun
Read a short-story, written in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlists from Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas
Watch the fourth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Get inspiration for your next novel or poetry collection from our literary experts
A discussion on approaches to drag, from Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Vincent Honoré
Listen to the second episode of our monthly podcast, as we discuss writing and the novel.
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Watch the third in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Discover the roots of this inspirational young orchestra

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