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
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Restoration of the Royal Festival Hall Organ, April 2013
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Take a look back at the most memorable moments from M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival
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Take a look at some of the best Instagram photos taken at M.I.A.'s Meltdown