This year, it’s the turn of M.I.A., outspoken activist, collaboration queen and only the fourth woman to curate the festival.
The line-up has just been announced – and 2017 promises to be a vintage year. True to MIA's own fearless outlook on music and politics. There's plenty more to be announced, but so far we know that Mercury-winning hip hop artists Young Fathers will be there – widely hailed as the new face of socially-conscious British hip hop. Mykki Blanco, LGBT rapper summa cum laude, will take to the stage. Dexta Daps brings his pottymouthed Jamaican dancehall to Meltdown.
M.I.A has said that she wanted to bring together music's best forward thinkers. '[I want to] redefine the concept of a melting pot,' she adds, taking the concept of a Meltdown and turning it into a celebration of diversity, during these charged times. 'It will be about putting on a musical week that shows different types of music which have inspired each other to exist. When music acts as inspiration, it's boundary-less.'
Amen to that.
General sale for the events starts 10am Thursday 6 April.
|What||MIA's Meltdown Festival, Southbank Centre|
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
09 Jun 17 – 18 Jun 17, Times vary between events
|Website||Click here for more information|