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. 

See the celebrated conductor discuss the work of her mentor Leonard Bernstein
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Watch a series of short videos with the up and coming Icelandic musician
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
The legendary activist talks about women, race and class in the post-Trump era
Hear what conductor Marin Alsop and participants had to about their experience of Southbank Centre's Women in Music Series in January 2017
Hear conductor Paavo Järvi talk about his upcoming concert, London audiences and his love of Japanese food
The conductor discusses the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s science-themed concerts part of Belief and Beyond Belief
Hear the LPO's Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, introduce our new festival Belief and Beyond Belief

Meltdown stories

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