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M.I.A. to curate Meltdown Festival 2017

Sri Lankan pop provocateur follows in the footsteps of David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Byrne, and others

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M.I.A. has been given the reins of this year’s Meltdown Festival. The Sri Lankan pop provocateur will curate the 24th edition of the iconic event, set to take place June 9th – 18th in London. She follows in the footsteps of such past curators as David Bowie, Patti Smith, David Byrne, Nick Cave, Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker, Massive Attack, ANOHNI, and others.

(Read: People Forget I’m Many Things: M.I.A. on Identity, Politics, and Being Understood)

“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,” M.I.A. said in a statement. “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.”

No performers have yet to be announced, though M.I.A. did send out a call to fans for suggestions:

M.I.A. released her latest full-length, AIMthis past September amid hints that it could be her “last album.” Even if she doesn’t plan on recording again, her Meltdown gig shows she’s still a good ways away from being fully retired.

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