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. 

What are the Herne Hill pop duo listening to right now?
The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter on the unexpected influences of her grandparents' country
The musician/producer has curated a very eclectic Spotify playlist of his current favourites
Discover more about this intriguing composer and musician
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
How do you explain a ‘multi-sensory encounter of shifting sound and light’?
An exclusive interview with violinist Leonidas Kavakos
An utterly remarkable percussion solo from a true master -Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Peaches talks to music journalist Jude Rogers about social and political activism
Billy Bragg travels down to Guy Marsh Prison, Dorset getting guitars into prisons
An audio podcast on the legend that is Duke Ellington
How does Shankar's music continue to resonate today?
Performed by Southbank Gamelan Players. Recorded by Richard Van Nairn
The most exciting artists from South Asia and the UK gather at Alchemy
Artists inspire each other this month at Southbank Centre

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