M.I.A.'s Meltdown

In June 2017, rapper, artist, producer and activist M.I.A. followed in the footsteps of Patti Smith, Anohni, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne as the curator of Meltdown.

Her line-up of outlaw musicians included Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Soulwax, Giggs, Young M.A, Afrikan Boy, Mykki Blanco, JD Samson, I Wayne, Dexta Daps, Yung Lean, Princess Nokia, MHD and more.

The festival featured a carnival day, a South Asian mela and a party with community radio station Rinse FM, plus activities for Refugee Week.

I'm bringing together new outlaw musicians from everywhere, who have contributed to keeping things weird, exciting, opinionated, loud, emotional and brave or off the grid in the present climate
Enjoy a Spotify playlist packed with hits from the Meltdown curator’s remarkable back catalogue
Listen to a specially curated Spotify playlist from Sam Pillay
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019
Enjoy nine inspirational pieces of music from the jazz saxophonist in this Spotify playlist
The singer shares ten tracks she’s listening to right now in a special Spotify playlist
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019
Listen to a selection of tracks handpicked by Elheist, and a Bonnie Banane playlist
Listen to a playlist of music from MK ULTRA and the score it influenced
Listen to this specially curated playlist of ‘the father of South African jazz’
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlist from the former Mercury Prize nominee
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlists from Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas
Listen to music from acts playing Southbank Centre in autumn in this Spotify playlist
Listen to this Spotify playlist curated by Dom Thomas of the psychedelic pop group
Luis Vasquez shares a selection of tracks inspired by Meltdown in this Spotify playlist
Listen to this Spotify playlist put together by founder member John Helps
Enjoy this atmospheric twelve track Spotify playlist from the hypnotic, electronic Italian band

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