Young Fathers lead first line-up announcement for M.I.A.'s Meltdown Festival

Young Fathers lead first line-up announcement for M.I.A.'s Meltdown Festival

Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, MHD, I Wayne and Dexta Daps are among the first names confirmed for this year's Meltdown Festival, curated by M.I.A. 

Mr Eazi, Young M.A, Tommy Genesis, Mykki Blanco, JD Samson, Afrikan Boy and Yung Lean will also join the line-up for the event, which will take place at Southbank Centre for 10 days from June 9.

M.I.A. will close the festival in her Royal Festival Hall debut on June 18.

"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," she said. "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 10 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.”

Tickets go on general sale on April 6. 

Throughout M.I.A.’s Meltdown a range of free activity including music, multimedia, art and film events take over the site. It will include a mass carnival across the site and a free all-day block party on Riverside Terrace. Leading into Refugee Week on June 18, Meltdown will also present an entire day of free activity working with refugee artists and charities, with musicians popping-up across the site in a day produced in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts.

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