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 legendary Finnish composer and conductor reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Visual artist Sam Winston questions how we see darkness in this video about his installation
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Watch a trailer for the return of this festive favourite
A short video of key moments and messages from the fourth edition of the festival
Watch highlights from the comedian’s entertaining appearance at Being A Man festival
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Watch pianist Steven Osborne and clarinettist Jean Johnson, describe this remarkable chamber orchestra piece
Watch a series of short videos with the up and coming Icelandic musician
Watch the author talk you through his bookshelves in this first episode of our new video series
Exploring Handel’s provocative opera Semele on the illusions and delusions of love
Discover a festival showcasing the creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance

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