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. 

Enjoy this fantastic South Asian family recipe
Enjoy a classic Indian inspired dish from Alchemy
Cook and enjoy this fantastic Afghan recipe from Ladle & Skillet
Discover the people and the recipes behind the delicious South Asian street food
Discover some amazing African recipes from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017
Taste delicious dishes at Alchemy’s street food market, KERB, then recreate them at home
A traditional West African rice dish, from Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick of Chuku's
An East-African doughnut recipe, courtesy of Eric Mugaju from Maskani
A traditional fried spicy Ghanaian dish, from Alicia Ama, of Chalé! Let’s Eat
A West African barbecue dish, from Nimatu Owino, of CHAM CHAM
A Madagascan curry dish, from Prisca Bakare, of The Lemur House
A slow-cooked Nigerian beef dish, from Tokunbo Koiki, of Tokunbo’s Kitchen
Mandy of Sambal Shiok tells us how to make her chicken satay
Magda and Grzegorz tell us the recipe for pierogi – traditional Polish dumplings
Tan of Pad + Sen tells us how to make the classic pad thai from her childhood in Bangkok
Catherine and Gary of Ladle & Skillet tell us how to make their lamb neck fillet wrap
Sukho and Joo of Korrito tell us how to make their bulgogi BBQ beef
Sisters Hasmita and Anjna of The Indians Next Door tell us how to make their chicken curry
How to make blackened fish with Louisiana-style corn maque choux

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