Bring the Noize

M.I.A. will curate this year’s Meltdown festival
By Alex James Taylor | Music | 8 February 2017

Top image: M.I.A. courtesy of Southbank Centre

It has been revealed that M.I.A. will curate the 2017 edition of Meltdown festival at London’s Southbank Centre this June.

Born Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam, the London born and bred artist follows in the footsteps of previous curators including David Bowie, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Patti Smith and David Byrne.

“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,” M.I.A. said in a statement. “Genres that support other genres, redefining the concept of a melting pot. Respect the history, don’t live in it. 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.”

Assembling the 24th annual Meltdown, M.I.A.’s lineup is yet to be announced, but she has suggested fans send tips. With past collaborators including Diplo, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay Z and Lil Wayne, the musician’s line-up is bound to be A-list.

Bengi Unsal, the Southbank Centre’s Senior Contemporary Music Programmer, said, “In a progressively polarised world, we are now appreciating those that don’t fear standing out and those that defy moulds. M.I.A. is fearless in the way she pushes boundaries and makes music that is so refreshingly original that it effectively doesn’t age.”

Alongside the Meltdown news, she’s also teasing the release of a new video Powa.

This year’s Meltdown will take place from Friday 9th June to Sunday 18th June.

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