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. 

Ann Liebeck on how Havana and cabaret thrived on the eve of the Cuban revolution
Listen to the evolution of music from rhythm and blues to hip hop
Hear from Jean-Paul Gaultier ahead of his Fashion Freak Show
Read a short interview with the choreographer of ZooNation’s Tales of the Turntable
It's set to get lively on our Riverside Terrace across July and August
The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer Natalia Osipova discusses her performance in The Mother
The Light In The Piazza’s Set and Props Designer on bringing Florence to the stage
Discover the stars bringing the musical to life
Watch a short introduction to the award-winning musical
Enjoy a preview trailer of the eccentric and scandalous show before its UK premiere
Listen to the eleventh episode of our podcast series as comedians and comedy writers talk politics
Read a special interview with the choreographer ahead of her return to London
How far will you go to win someone’s trust?
Is your favourite fictional feline on our list?
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
Hear comedians including Dave Gorman, Maisie Adam and Glenn Moore answer questions on comedy
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Whether beginner or expert, come and enjoy fun free dance sessions with us
The performer talks to us about the family show, and relishing his own role in it
George from Forced Entertainment tells us about appearing in That Night Follows Day
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
The writer and director explains the concept behind the performance
Listen to the sixth episode of our podcast series as we take a comedic turn
Make the most of your family time this festive season
Choreographer Rosie Kay shares her top tips
Listen to a playlist of music from MK ULTRA and the score it influenced
Artist Scottee talks to us about his new show Fat Blokes
From model to expert in animal behaviour, the remarkable career of this unique actress
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
The comedian and playwright tells us why more artists should take risks, in this interview
Comedian and performer Jess Thom breaks down common misconceptions about what it is to be disabled
Listen to the third episode of our monthly podcast, a preview of Unlimited
Get an idea of this year’s programme with these hand-picked events
Spend your summer weekends enjoying free live performances on our outdoor stage
Meet the phenomenal women who make up the social-theatrical spectacular Hot Brown Honey
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
Discover his hopes for the future of dance and his relationship with Southbank Centre in this Q&A
The comedian talks us through some of his favourite performances
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American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
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