M.I.A. is curating Meltdown Festival 2017

  • Words: Spindle

Since its formation in 1993, Meltdown Festival has appointed some of the most iconic talents in music as guest director, bringing to life their world and allowing them to choose the lineup for the annual event at London’s Southbank’s Centre. This year, M.I.A will curate the festival, following on from past guest directors that have included David Bowie, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Massive Attack, and Yoko Ono. The line-up for this year’s festival will be revealed over the next few months.

The rapper, songwriter, producer, director, visual artist, and activist said in a statement, “For me, this Meltdown will be about putting on a musical week that shows different types of music which have inspired each other to exist. Genres that support other genres, redefining the concept of a melting pot.” Her statement hints that this the festival will explore similar ideas to her latest album ‘AIM,’ including notions of borders and the refugee crisis, with her continuing, “I plan to bring together music’s best forward thinkers who have contributed to all our lives. When music acts as inspiration, it’s boundary-less.”

“M.I.A. is fearless in the way she pushes boundaries,” said Bengi Unsal, Senior Contemporary Music Programmer at Southbank Centre, continuing, “Her ever-evolving, yet readily identifiable musical style inspires people to dance, whilst giving a voice to the voiceless, from refugee camps in Africa through to London’s streets.” M.I.A. is indeed an artist who constantly challenges convention, so it will be very fascinating to see what she does with Meltdown. Artistic Director at Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly, commented, “M.I.A. has not just broken barriers as a musician, creating music that is embraced the world over, but she has made art her rallying cry – and has stayed true to her conviction, as an artist, woman and citizen of the world.”

Meltdown Festival will take place 9-18th June 2017 at the Southbank Centre, London. Visit their website for more information.