Southbank Centre have announced the curator for this years Meltdown Festival and it's the cultural innovator, rapper, producer M.I.A. She's beloved by both critics and fans alike, a woman that's never afraid to speak her mind and stand up for those without a voice such as the refugees.
It's a truly inspired choice and we can't wait to see what her Meltdown has to offer, she had this to say on the subject;
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. 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. - M.I.A.
Meltdown is a festival put on by the Southbank Centre where each year a different artist is chosen to curate the festival, this means they are given full control on who plays, what their themes are and what events are in place. Previous curators include but are not limited to David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Yoko Ono and last year's curator Guy Garvey.
Last year I was lucky enough to be included in the Meltdown Music Journalism programme, I got unbelievable access to the festival as well as the artists playing and I saw just how much work + effort goes into this terrific event each year, I really can't recommend it enough. Check out our pieces from last year such as our Interview with John Bramwell, our review of Laura Marling and the curator Guy Garvey himself.
M.I.A.'s Meltdown takes place from 9 – 18 June 2017 at the Southbank Centre, you can find out more here.