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. 

Amrita Riat offers an overview of the British Asian artists here at Alchemy
Hip-hop artist Akala discusses men and sexual and racial taboos
J. K. Rowling launches The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults
Tony Benn talks to activist and writer John Rees about the formation of the Labour Party
Sir Tim Berners-Lee appeared in conversation with Professor Richard Susskind OBE
Edna Adan gives a keynote on why she built her country’s first maternity hospital
Tony Benn discusses the founding of the Labour Party
The children from Imagine Children's Festival interviewed Wayne Hemingway about housing
For Imagine Children's Festival 2013 the kids are taking over!
The children at Imagine Festival interview writer Frank Cottrell Boyce
Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the Web
Find out about European composers in America
Hear about the influence of Picasso's Guernica
Why are the inequalities in the way mentally ill people are treated?
Hear the story of a suicidal man and the good samaritan who saved him
Rob Delaney talks about mental health, addiction and recovery
We speak to Brian Dow, the Director of External Affairs for Rethink Mental Illness

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