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. 

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Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
See exclusive behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s Meltdown performance
Pluto, one of our volunteer gardeners, tells us what Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden means to him.
Our fabulous Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden is now open for the summer
The conducting superstar delivers expert advice to five talented women conductors
Delve into the minds of two musical greats in this short film featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Join the conductor and pianist as they prepare to perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major at Edinburgh International Festival, 2015.
Christopher Nupen shares his films and memories of Jacqueline du Pre
Dan Zanes and Friends performed at Southbank Centre
A video exclusive from Gabby Young & Other Animals
These brilliant musicians perform music from the movies that made Clint Eastwood a star
BBC Earth give us a glimpse of Planet Earth with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Dan Zanes performs All Around The Kitchen
This major survey exhibition covered every period of Tracey Emin's career
Pipilotti Rist talks about her exhibition Eyeball Massage
Hear Wolfgang Tillmans discussing his work
Introducing the performers - Move: Choreographing You at Hayward Gallery
The reinstallation of the restored central section of the organ, January 2012

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