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. 

The comedian and playwright tells us why more artists should take risks, in this interview
Watch the remarkable short film from BAFTA-winning director, Kieran Evans, here
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
Find out about the history of the Argentine music and its links with Cuba and opera
Find out what he’ll be cooking in his summer Southbank Centre pop-up in this interview.
Read our rapid-fire interview with the two-time Booker Prize-winning author
Discover what some of the artists of Robert Smith’s Meltdown are listening too.
Artists from Robert Smith’s Meltdown tell us what they’re looking forward to at the festival.
Find out who the artists of 2018’s Meltdown would put on their festival bill
The artist discusses her childhood in South Korea with exhibition curator Stephanie Rosenthal
The author of How To Love Brutalism explores our Queen Elizabeth Hall
Discover his hopes for the future of dance and his relationship with Southbank Centre in this Q&A
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Discover the celebrated clown Slava Polunin in this in-depth interview
Read an interview with the artist and sculptor on his current Hayward Gallery roof commission

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