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. 

In 2008 Massive Attack became the first band to curate the iconic festival
Relive Patti Smith’s 2005 Meltdown with tracks from the festival’s acts
Enjoy tracks from Meltdown festival’s past curators
Listen to music that explores complex human emotions, chosen by our Director of Music, Gillian Moore
Listen to visionary composers and performers in this Spotify playlist
Our Director of Music shares a playlist inspired by Hayward Gallery exhibition Among the Trees
Feel the joy with a playlist featuring some of the composer’s most brilliant works, including the well-known choral movement of his Ninth Symphony. 
Enjoy a 21 track Spotify playlist curated by our head of Contemporary Music, Bengi Unsal.
Be taken far beyond the confines of your home with this special Spotify playlist of Shankar’s music
Listen to some of the best up and coming artists with our music programmer, Lexy Morvaridi’s playlist
Celebrate the life and work of a giant among composers
Listen to a Spotify playlist of tracks inspired by trees and forests
Listen to the sound of our 2020/21 season
Get ready for Grace Jones’ Meltdown with this special Spotify playlist
A Spotify mixtape of tracks from artists the musician finds influential and inspiring
The Danish band’s lead singer picks out six of his favourite tracks
A Spotify playlist from innovative music duo Ed Handley and Andy Turner
The bass player picks out six of his favourite tracks for a special Spotify playlist
Listen to some of the Australian rock musician’s most memorable tracks.
Listen to a Spotify playlist of the music of the Meltdown festival curator