James Lavelle's Meltdown

Musical and artistic innovator James Lavelle curate the 21st Meltdown in 2014, following in the footsteps of some of music’s biggest names, including David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Jarvis Cocker.

Combining creative entrepreneurship with a radical artistic approach, James’ genre-defying portfolio spans music, art, fashion, design and film, and as part of his groundbreaking work with UNKLE, boasts acclaimed musical collaborations with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave and Thom Yorke.

Collaboration, innovation and a spirit of non-conformism are central to his approach. James worked with young people to curate the programme, meaning that this very special Meltdown in line with his commitment to mobilising the next generation to become the inventors of their own culture.

Mo’Wax inspires a new generation

Both Meltdown and James Lavelle’s iconic label Mo’Wax turned 21 in 2014,  and as part of the festival, Mo’Wax21: Urban Archaeology, an interactive exhibition devised with Southbank Centre as part of the festival, celebrated the creative output of the label James launched as a teenager.

Doug Foster's installation No Beginning, No End in the Clore Ballroom, featured five cyclical artworks and UNKLE's The Heretics' Gate soundtrack. 

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Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to a special podcast, recorded live at 2018’s London Literature Festival
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
The singer and writer introduces the Jewish composer
Hear music that has inspired this innovative composer and video maker
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Get a flavour of this year’s jam-packed programme
Discover more about this Italian rising star
Hear comedians including Dave Gorman, Maisie Adam and Glenn Moore answer questions on comedy
Take a look back at 2018 at Southbank Centre through some of our favourite instagram posts
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Take a look at our countdown of famous feature films shot here at Southbank Centre
Listen to the composer’s work, and discover more about its creation
Find out more about one of the great violinists of the 21st century
See how puppetry is used to recreate the wonder of turn-of-the-century circus
Whether beginner or expert, come and enjoy fun free dance sessions with us

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American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
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