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 an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
The celebrated writer and performer discusses the roots of his new work, Prurience
The author, advertising consultant and expert on Generation M shares her thoughts.
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
Discover the most unusual performance the composer and musician has been part of
Composer and musician Mica Levi shares the musical influences behind her score to Under the Skin
The presenter talks about her book OPEN: A Toolkit for How Magic Messed Up Life Can Be
The legendary activist talks about women, race and class in the post-Trump era
Listen to the Nigerian novelist speaking live at Southbank Centre's Women of the World 2017
Hear a panel discuss what challenges lie ahead for British women, post-Brexit

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