Preview: Meltdown Festival @ Southbank Centre (London, 9th to 18th June 2017)

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Join M.I.A. at the iconic Southbank Centre from 8-19 June for this year’s Meltdown Festival, which she has carefully curated for your aural and visual pleasure! This year is the 24th edition of the Meltdown Festival, which features a different, respected musician at the helm each year, showcasing their influences and inspirations in the form of a festival. The eclectic range of artists is a true homage to the diversity of M.I.A’s music, which references everything from world music, to dance, alternative, electronic and hip hop.

Whilst the festival is rich in variety, M.I.A. is certainly taking this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the most interesting hip-hop stars currently around: Afrikan Boy performs on the 10th June, ready to get the dancefloor moving with his distinct brand of grime, featuring world elements such as lyrics by Naija Pidgin and nods to Fela Kuti. She’s also brought over Swedish rapper Yung Lean to play the Royal Festival Hall on June 14th, with the help of New York’s Princess Nokia, who has risen to critical acclaim for her outspoken support of gay, transgender, women’s rights and feminism through alternative rap.

Other highlights include a performance from Scotland’s Young Fathers on June 9th that promises to test the foundations of the People’s Palace to their limits. This lo-fi pop group combine driving rhythms with indie moods, alternative rap and more, resulting in the unique sound that earned them a Mercury Prize back in 2014.

There are also plenty of chances to get into the tropical spirit, thanks to the Just Vibez Carnival on June 10th, celebrating Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival and culture with a soca jam, a steel band and traditional food & costumes. There’ll also be more West Indian vibes thanks to duo I Wayne/Dexta Daps, who play the very best of true dancehall and reggae on June 15th.

And of course, the festival wouldn’t be complete without a performance from M.I.A. herself! She’ll be closing the Meltdown with a special performance on June 18th in the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets are available now from the Southbank website.



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