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. 

Read a short interview with the choreographer of ZooNation’s Tales of the Turntable
The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer Natalia Osipova discusses her performance in The Mother
Read a special interview with the choreographer ahead of her return to London
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
Whether beginner or expert, come and enjoy fun free dance sessions with us
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
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
Our Senior Programmer for Performance and Dance, Rupert Thomson, introduces our 2018 programme
Find out about the dance craze that has over 100 million people in China hooked
See all-female hip-hop dance collective Myself UK in action
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre
Find out about three stunning performance pieces coming to Royal Festival Hall this August
Hear from Ballet and Contemporary dancer, Richard

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