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. 

Popular illustrator, Jimbob, has designed three limited edition Christmas cards exclusively for Southbank Centre's Let The Light In campaign.
Southbank Centre has teamed up with internationally-renowned fashion and portrait photographer, Rankin.
One-year on from closing Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for essential refurbishment, much has changed behind the hoardings that currently cover these iconic and much-loved venues.
We take a look back at some of the most influential artists that have performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Nine months into the refurbishment and work has started on the iconic roof lights.
Love is in the air at Southbank Centre this Summer, as the Festival of Love is once again in full swing. The festival celebrates love in it’s many forms through music, art and dance, with half of the events being completely free.
We’re delighted to announce that Skylon, Southbank Centre’s modern-European restaurant located on the third floor of Royal Festival Hall, will be supporting Let The Light In throughout 2016-17.
We take a look at some of the most memorable exhibitions that Hayward Gallery has hosted
What's louder than an orchestra, quieter than a single instrument and weighs 24 tons?
Restoration of the Royal Festival Hall Organ, April 2013
A short video showcasing the perks of being a Southbank Centre member
Watch the extraordinary work involved in restoring, reinstalling and voicing the organ

Meltdown stories

American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination