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. 

Discover the key messages and themes in Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
A trailer from The Musical Genius featuring Derek Paravicini
Uncover the compositions that changed the way we listen forever
Wayne Marshall conducts Chineke! inc. Elegy: In Memoriam – Stephen Lawrence and Beethoven's 7th
Listen to 100 of Venezuela's finest young voices
An audio podcast recorded for Sounds Venezuela 2012
Stephen Johnson, discusses Soviet influence on the great Russian composers
A discussion on the Edwardian aesthetic. What was the influence of the Belle Epoque?
Find out about European composers in America
Alex Ross gives his second keynote talk for 2013's The Rest Is Noise festival
Presenter Christopher Cook introduces the BBC Concert Orchestra's two concerts exploring extreme emotional states; EXSTATICA & H7STERIA

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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