MIA Picked To Curate Meltdown Festival 2017
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:36:22
MIA has been announced as curator of Meltdown Festival 2017, the annual cultural event at London's esteemed Southbank Center.
This morning the festival announced the "Borders" singer as curator for their event which runs from June 9 to 18, 2017. In response to her role MIA said, "For me this Meltdown will be about putting on a musical week that shows different types of music which have inspired each other to exist."
"Genres that support other genres, redefining the concept of a melting pot. Respect the history, don't live in it. I plan to bring together music's best forward thinkers who have contributed to all our lives. When music acts as inspiration, it's boundary-less."
The Meltdown Festival has a history that spans over twenty years, launched at the Southbank Centre in 1993, and has seen a host of some of music's most notable artists as curators. Jarvis Cocker, Yoko Ono, Massive Attack, Morrissey, David Byrne, and Anohni have all accepted the responsibility. Last year, Elbow's Guy Garvey ran the show.
MIA is an ideal choice for the festival, which seeks to distinguish itself from the usual spectrum of music festivals, as it seeks to truly break down borders between genres and audiences. The artist's latest album, AIM, released in September of 2016 was repeatedly reported as being her last, MIA claiming that the music industry was limiting of her process. In the weeks surrounding release she spoke of how the music industry tries her patience.
"I came through the Britpop era… Then there was this turn-of-the-millennium era which I was part of, and then you've got this weird era where everything's been corporatised to the max and you're only allowed five, 10 pop star brands, who are as corporate as Sky TV… It just needs a little bit of rewriting. I just need time away from it. I don't want to change how I think creatively, to brand myself into an acceptable brand."
Let's hope that MIA's involvement in one of the most forward-thinking festivals on the planet reignites her passion for including herself in the game.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff