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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Nile Rodgers talks about his Meltdown festival in this exclusive video
The legendary singer and guitarist talks Chic, Nile Rodgers and Royal Festival Hall
Watch Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson talk about performing at the festival
Watch the American musician and producer in this video
The artists behind Stranger Things remarkable score, look ahead to their Meltdown gig in this interview
The amazing story behind one of the most iconic disco anthems
The young jazz starlett talks inspiration and gratitude
Watch the remarkable short film from BAFTA-winning director, Kieran Evans, here
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
Find out about the history of the Argentine music and its links with Cuba and opera
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
Amrita Riat offers an overview of the British Asian artists here at Alchemy
Watch Earl Slick - Diary of a Sideman
An exclusive interview with violinist Leonidas Kavakos
Celebrated Indian film composer A R Rahman talks about his work
Peaches talks to music journalist Jude Rogers about social and political activism
An audio podcast on the legend that is Duke Ellington

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