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. 

Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
See footage from the cellist’s appearance at Meltdown as she explains her distinctive sound
Watch a series of short video interviews with the famed guitarist and composer
See the celebrated conductor discuss the work of her mentor Leonard Bernstein
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
Discover the key messages and themes in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
Watch concert goers at Southbank Centre have their pre-concert drink interrupted by an impromptu performance

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