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. 

Bringing the seminal book The Rest Is Noise - listening to the Twentieth Century alive
Over the Summer we let Colin Currie loose around Royal Festival Hall - see the results here!
The world's greatest orchestra of teenagers burns bright in this electrifying concert
Now hear this! Let's have a bloody good bash at something!
Zakopower combine Polish folk with electronic and pop music
Composer Dominic Muldowney discusses Bertolt Brecht in this audio podcast
A live recording of The Shuffle - part of Poetry Parnassus
Hear the Southbank Centre Gamelan Players perform live
Hear a remix of Baaba Maal's track Dakar Moon


Meltdown stories

American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination

shop music

Black Record Player

Royal Festival Hall Cushion

LPO Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Blue Tykho Radio