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.
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
● 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.
● An afternoon of free live music celebrating Refugee Week, featuring bands from all over the
world, on Riverside Terrace (18 June)
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).