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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How a ground-breaking gig saw Pink Floyd banned from the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
Enjoy a specially curated Spotify playlist of the acts playing here in 2019
Enjoy live music from artists including Louie Vega, James Lavelle’s UNKLE, Yann Tiersen and The Orb
Listen to a selection of tracks handpicked by Elheist, and a Bonnie Banane playlist
The young jazz starlett talks inspiration and gratitude
Listen to this specially curated playlist of ‘the father of South African jazz’
What are the Herne Hill pop duo listening to right now?
Listen to The Who frontman discussing his new memoir in this special podcast
The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter on the unexpected influences of her grandparents' country
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
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Listen to specially curated Spotify playlist from the former Mercury Prize nominee
Watch the remarkable short film from BAFTA-winning director, Kieran Evans, here
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From the Be Good Tanyas to 2017’s Wildflower Blues, hear some of their great songs
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
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Your best tweets and Instagram images from this year’s festival
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See footage from the cellist’s appearance at Meltdown as she explains her distinctive sound
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
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The singer and journalist on the importance of music as a tool of protest
The composer and electronic musician picks out the tracks she's listening to right now.
A celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and more
The celebrated composer, producer and tabla player shares some of his favourite music
The best tweets and Instagram photos from the first week of our brutalist venues’ return
What connects American art rock and West African music traditions?
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Discover some of the greats that have graced the stages of Queen Elizabeth Hall
Get set to enjoy Southbank Centre even later with this new night
Enjoy this specially curated Spotify playlist featuring artists from across the Meltdown lineup
See the first of many huge musical names to be added to the festival line-up
Joan Wasser picks out the tracks she's listening to right now.
Find out more about our fantastic run of live music gigs taking place from April to September 2018.
Ahead of the 2018 Brit Awards we take a look at some of the past winners who have also graced our iconic venues
The Cure’s Robert Smith is named as the curator for 2018’s Meltdown in its silver jubilee year
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Get set for another hard-hitting fusion of classical and contemporary music
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A video exclusive from Gabby Young & Other Animals
These brilliant musicians perform music from the movies that made Clint Eastwood a star
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Celebrated Indian film composer A R Rahman talks about his work
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Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell perform songs from Yoko Ono's Meltdown
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An utterly remarkable percussion solo from a true master -Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
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Baaba Maal sings his love and respect to African Woman
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Artists inspire each other this month at Southbank Centre

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