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 aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
Senior Curator Cliff Lauson discusses the Hayward Gallery exhibition Space Shifters
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
Find out about Yayoi Kusama’s installation, part of Space Shifters
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
Find out about Anish Kapoor’s outdoor sculpture, part of Space Shifters
Find out about Monika Sosnowska’s architectural intervention, part of Space Shifters
Get a look at the mind-altering effects of the latest must see Hayward Gallery exhibition in our preview video
Find out about Richard Wilson’s perception-altering work, part of Space Shifters
Find out about Alicja Kwade’s maze-like installation, part of Space Shifters
Find out about Jeppe Hein’s kinetic sculpture, part of Space Shifters
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Dr. Cliff Lauson introduces Hayward Gallery's remarkable new group exhibition
Read the remarkable story of Peter Laszlo Peri’s ‘lost’ sculpture.
A behind the scenes look at Ernesto Neto Studio in Rio de Janeiro

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