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. 

Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Take a look at the packed line-up coming to Southbank Centre later this year
Introducing the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
Discover the actors bringing the classic epic poem to life
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Get inspiration for your next novel or poetry collection from our literary experts
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Find out which literary luminaries are on this year’s bill
See what’s coming up in our packed poetry programme
Enjoy fantastic fiction and powerful prose selected by literary experts.

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