Young Fathers, Crystal Castles + more announced for MIA’s Meltdown Festival

The curated series of gigs on the Southbank are set to run this June
After teasing away (and even asking Radiohead over Twitter), MIA has confirmed the first batch of names lined up for this year’s curated Meltdown Festival, taking place between June 9th and June 18th.

Taking place the Southbank Centre, the series of shows confirmed today include nights with Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Yung Lean, Mykki Blanco and more – before MIA herself rounds things out with a special headline show at the Royal Festival Hall on June 18th.

Speaking about the shows, MIA said:

“I hope you rate my curating. I’m happy and honoured to be a part of Meltdown amongst important artists who have contributed to keeping it real in the past. I’m bringing together new outlaw musicians from everywhere, who have all contributed to keeping things weird, exciting, opinionated, loud, emotional, brave or off the grid in the present climate. It’s a layered ten days of creative ideas, curated out of wanting to know these artists as well as knowing their art well.”

“Hopefully my contribution fills these summer days with vibez, wild ruckus, controlled chaos and good times, with a touch of education – working together to break boundaries with clashing identities, beliefs, styles and sexualities. Welcome to London, Summer 2017.”

With more dates and artists to be announced soon, it’s probably best you keep your eyes out – with MIA in charge, you know it’s going to be something pretty special.

Tickets for the run of shows are on sale from April 6th.

MIA’s confirmed Meltdown Festival programming so far includes:


09 Young Fathers

10 Afrikan Boy

11 MHD/Mr Eazi

14 Yung Lean

15 I Wayne/Dexta Daps

16 Crystal Castles

17 Young M.A/Tommy Genesis

17 JD Samson/Mykki Blanco

18 MIA

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