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 pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019
Listen to a selection of tracks handpicked by Elheist, and a Bonnie Banane playlist
Listen to a playlist of music from MK ULTRA and the score it influenced
Listen to this specially curated playlist of ‘the father of South African jazz’
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlist from the former Mercury Prize nominee
Listen to specially curated Spotify playlists from Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas
Listen to music from acts playing Southbank Centre in autumn in this Spotify playlist
Listen to this Spotify playlist curated by Dom Thomas of the psychedelic pop group
Luis Vasquez shares a selection of tracks inspired by Meltdown in this Spotify playlist
Listen to this Spotify playlist put together by founder member John Helps
Enjoy this atmospheric twelve track Spotify playlist from the hypnotic, electronic Italian band
Take a look back and listen to 1998’s Meltdown with this Spotify playlist
Enjoy ten top tracks, handpicked by the electronic pioneers
Listen to three powerful Spotify playlists from Carleen Anderson, Rod Youngs and Renell Shaw
The composer and electronic musician picks out the tracks she's listening to right now.
Sink into this Spotify playlist to partner our Concrete Dreams exhibition

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