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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Enjoy fantastic shows, an amazing interactive installation, and free music fun
Discover more about one of the 21st century’s most consistently thrilling pianists
Read a special interview with the choreographer ahead of her return to London
How far will you go to win someone’s trust?
Enjoy a look back at classic live performances by ‘the finest living exponent of the sarod’.
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Take a look at all of our egg-cellent musical activities
For World Book Day, take a look at these books celebrating characters and stories often reduced to the margins
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
Is your favourite fictional feline on our list?
Find out more about the celebrated Russian pianist
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The quartet’s violist looks ahead to their Southbank Centre performance
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
Enjoy this scrumptious rhubarb-based chocolate tart recipe
Keep the kids entertained with fun, interactive events and performances
Find out more about the life of the legendary Italian pianist
The co-founder of CHIC is named as the curator of the 26th Meltdown festival
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019
Find out more about this sculpture
See live performances from artists including Actress, James Lavelle, Sergio Mendes, Virginia Wing, Amjad Ali Khan and more
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
Enjoy nine inspirational pieces of music from the jazz saxophonist in this Spotify playlist
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
From windows into our history, to great spaces to relax and unwind
IPS 2017/18

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A look into our archive at some of the pianist’s memorable London performances
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
Best friends Ross and Tom tell us how to make a vegan jackfruit pot pie
Discover more about the Canadian pianist and her British roots
The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
The singer shares ten tracks she’s listening to right now in a special Spotify playlist
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to a special podcast, recorded live at 2018’s London Literature Festival
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
The singer and writer introduces the Jewish composer
Hear music that has inspired this innovative composer and video maker
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Get a flavour of this year’s jam-packed programme
Discover more about this Italian rising star
Hear comedians including Dave Gorman, Maisie Adam and Glenn Moore answer questions on comedy
Take a look back at 2018 at Southbank Centre through some of our favourite instagram posts
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Take a look at our countdown of famous feature films shot here at Southbank Centre
Listen to the composer’s work, and discover more about its creation
Find out more about one of the great violinists of the 21st century
See how puppetry is used to recreate the wonder of turn-of-the-century circus
Whether beginner or expert, come and enjoy fun free dance sessions with us
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
The seventh episode of our monthly podcast looks ahead to 2019’s SoundState festival. Take a listen
Assistant Curator Tarini Malik introduces Laine’s solo exhibition
The remarkable career of the man bringing his reimagining of Gershwin to Southbank Centre
Renée Fleming and Adam Guettel discuss their upcoming performance of the award-winning musical
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
All you need to know about the pianist ahead of his solo recital in the International Piano Series
Specially commissioned fiction by writer Ben Eastham, inspired by Emmanuelle Lainé’s exhibition
Take a look through 250 years of circus history with our interactive timeline
From David Sylvian to Peter Eötvös, discover the music that inspires this composer
Enjoy some great nights out at Southbank Centre in the run up to Christmas
The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
The performer talks to us about the family show, and relishing his own role in it
What music does the Slovenian composer love? We reveal all
The letter from Strauss that gave the Philharmonia Orchestra a notable world premiere
Senior Curator Cliff Lauson discusses the Hayward Gallery exhibition Space Shifters
George from Forced Entertainment tells us about appearing in That Night Follows Day
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
Listen to Sue Perkins discuss her book East of Croydon
Tuesday 27 November is #GivingTuesday - a global day for giving and celebrating the extraordinary impact that people like you can make to causes that you care about.
The OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart
The writer and director explains the concept behind the performance
Great gifts including fashion, jewellery, books, games and much, much more
Answer a few questions and we’ll point you in the right direction
The violinist talks composers and coping with touring in this interview
Listen to the sixth episode of our podcast series as we take a comedic turn

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How a ground-breaking gig saw Pink Floyd banned from the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019
Celebrating the great Scottish poet's centenary year
Enjoy live music from artists including Louie Vega, James Lavelle’s UNKLE, Yann Tiersen and The Orb
Make the most of your family time this festive season
Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson on opportunities presented by touring the exhibition
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Listen to a selection of tracks handpicked by Elheist, and a Bonnie Banane playlist
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
Enjoy all your favourite festive winter warmers with us
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor discuss the legacy of the Czech composer
Enjoy champion cooking with a winning view
Listen to Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell and Terrance Hayes on modern America
Choreographer Rosie Kay shares her top tips
Listen to a playlist of music from MK ULTRA and the score it influenced
Artist Scottee talks to us about his new show Fat Blokes
The artist discusses her site-specific installation in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Relive special moments from this year’s festival with these podcasts
The Italian classical pianist introduces this unique instrument
The young jazz starlett talks inspiration and gratitude
Listen to this specially curated playlist of ‘the father of South African jazz’
Listen to the fifth episode of our podcast series as we focus on all things jazz
Find out more about British composer Helen Grime and Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür
Catch up on the Oscar-winning actress discussing her autobiography In Pieces at London Literature Festival
Meet Dai Fujikura, Vito Žuraj and Oliver Christophe Leith
What music inspires this acclaimed contemporary composer?
What are the Herne Hill pop duo listening to right now?
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures with Akala and David Olusoga
Writer and activist Soraya Chemaly considers six myths about anger and gender
Listen to The Who frontman discussing his new memoir in this special podcast
Find out about Yayoi Kusama’s installation, part of Space Shifters
Discover how the Israeli-American pianist got started – and how Meryl Streep inspires him
Listen to Anna Burns discuss her Man Booker award-winning novel, Milkman
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian

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