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. 

Enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring artists from the festival
Listen to a Spotify playlist specially curated by the singer
Listen to this Spotify playlist and hear some of the big beasts of the instrument world
Listen to this Spotify playlist and step away from the bustle of everyday life
Have your finger on the pulse and be the very first to hear a brand new piece of music
Get a flavour of the new season with this Spotify playlist
If you are a romantic at heart listen to this Spotify playlist and stirs your inner emotions
The Austrian percussionist and composer shares a special Spotify playlist of his favourite artists
The Icelandic composer shares some of his favourite artists in this Spotify playlist
Watch a short video interview with the artist and hear a playlist of his work
Listen to the evolution of music from rhythm and blues to hip hop
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of artists from New Music Biennial 2019
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
A Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for the CHIC-est of Meltdowns
Enjoy the sarod players’ favourite music in these Spotify playlists
Listen to a chronological Spotify playlist of the revolutionary composer’s work
Enjoy this Spotify Playlist of tracks featuring samples from Nile Rodgers’ music
Enjoy a Spotify playlist packed with hits from the Meltdown curator’s remarkable back catalogue
Listen to a specially curated Spotify playlist from Sam Pillay
Listen to the artists performing at Southbank Centre in 2019

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