FINAL ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR M.I.A.’S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL

M.I.A., Soulwax, Giggs, Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Young M.A, Father, Mykki
Blanco, ​MHD, ​Princess Nokia ​, ​JD Samson, Yung Lean, Afrikan Boy, I Wayne, Dexta Daps, ​Tommy Genesis ​and Fakear.

Yung Lean

Today Southbank Centre reveals the final line-up for rapper, producer, director and visual artist M.I.A.’s
Meltdown festival. This year M.I.A. brings together emerging and established artists from across the
world to create a fusion of global culture from Friday 9 – Sunday 18 June 2017​.
New additions to M.I.A.’s line-up include:
● Dance music maestros Soulwax​ performing their new album From Dewee – in a live studio
set-up featuring a seven-piece band including three drummers (10 June)
● South London grime superstar Giggs ​playing the Royal Festival Hall in a night packed with
special guests (12 June)
● New York City’s Princess Nokia​ performing her alternative hip-hop ​style in a show ​alongside
Swedish rapper Yung Lean (14 June)
● Hugely influential and experimental Atlanta label Awful Records​ presenting a late-night rave in
the Clore Ballroom, with a performance from Awful Records founder Father​ and London based
DJ’s and artists (16 June)
● Electronic mastery on the Riverside Terrace from French artist Fakear​ (16 June)
● Free outdoor parties throughout the festival, including an all-day Rinse FM Block Party​; a
Carnival Party​ and a Meltdown Mela
● Hip-Hop Karaoke​, ​giving ​visitors the chance to show off their rhyming skills ​live on stage ​(14
June)
● A series of talks and debates presented in association with CMU​, deconstructing the changing
nature of the music industry ​(9-10 June)
● A special talk with M.I.A., ​as she takes to the stage to discuss her life and career – I am…M.I.A.
(11 June)
● An afternoon of free live music celebrating Refugee Week​, featuring bands from all over the
world, on Riverside Terrace (18 June)

Dexta Daps

The acts above join a diverse global line-up that includes M.I.A.; Young Fathers; Crystal Castles;
Young M.A; Mykki Blanco; MHD; JD Samson; Yung Lean; Afrikan Boy; I Wayne; Dexta Daps ​and
Tommy Genesis​. M.I.A.’s Meltdown also celebrates London’s many diverse communities with an
eclectic programme of free activity including a Carnival Party bringing the spirit of the Caribbean to the
Thames with live music, costumes and dance classes; the Rinse FM Block Party featuring DJ’s and
performances and a Meltdown Mela​, a day of outdoor entertainment for all the family celebrating art and
culture from South Asia.

Meltdown celebrates ​the start of Refugee Week on 18 June with an afternoon of free live music
featuring musicians of refugee backgrounds. Produced in association with Counterpoint Arts​, Refugee
Week supports, produces and promotes art by and about migrants and refugees. Also on display is
Refuge/e​, ​a new installation by OVA + INE that transports a Lebanese refugee shelter to Southbank
Centre’s site. Throughout the space visitors will hear the voices of refugees speaking about their daily
lives alongside casts of their possessions, providing first-hand experience of the conditions experienced
by many of the 1,500,000 Syrian refugees living in Lebanon today (13 – 15 June).