"Respect the history, don’t live in it..."

M.I.A. is set to curate this year's instalment of Meltdown Festival.

The event is located in London's Southbank Centre, and was launched 25 years ago to promote innovation in the arts.

Previous curators include Robert Wyatt, David Byrne, Yoko Ono and more, with M.I.A. overseeing this year's edition.

Maya explains her motivations: "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."

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director at Southbank Centre, adds: "It’s not often that we encounter such an unbridled creative force, excelling in whichever field they try their hand. M.I.A. has not just broken barriers as a musician, creating music that is embraced the world over, but she has made art her rallying cry - and has stayed true to her conviction, as an artist, woman and citizen of the world."

Full line up to be announced shortly.

Meltdown Festival 2017 runs between June 9th - 18th.

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