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. 

The BAFTA-winning composer looks ahead to his new festival
The composer and orchestrator talks about bringing his father’s work to life
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
The viola player speaks about the future of the ensemble
Find out about the history of the Argentine music and its links with Cuba and opera
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
An in-depth interview with the celebrated French composer Philippe Schoeller
Our Director of Music's pick of the upcoming concert series
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
Composer Dominic Muldowney discusses Bertolt Brecht in this audio podcast
Ben Winters from The Open University gives a talk about Erich Korngold
Find out about European composers in America
Find out more about Schoenberg and avant-garde composers
Radiohead's Colin Greenwood discusses the future of classical music

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