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. 

WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere
How do we fight sexism without ignoring other issues such as race, disability, sexuality and class?
Hear insights from the journalist and Channel 4 News reporter
Do we judge black women by whether or not they straighten their hair?
A panel including Akala, Shane Ryan, Ekow Eshun and writer Topher Campbell discuss stereotypes
Naomi Wolf and others look at a society uncomfortable with people who look neither male nor female
Jody Day talks about creating a meaningful and fulfilling life without children
Are Baseltiz's views more widespread than we think or is he an old fashioned anomaly?
Gordon Brown is joined by Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala Yousafzai
Does popular culture still have a problem with black women?
Panel discussion in which women discussed movements in modern African feminism
Panel discussion about building on the legacy of London 2012 for women and sport
Are women in the UK media doomed to being reduced to the sum of their body parts?
Women of the World Festival 2014 panel discussion about women and religion
Women of the World panel discussion about fat activism, held at Southbank Centre, 2014
How do men talk about women and what truths lie behind it?
Stephanie Flanders, BBC Economics Editor, gave a keynote talk on the state of the UK economy


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