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 more about one of the 21st century’s most consistently thrilling pianists
Enjoy a look back at classic live performances by ‘the finest living exponent of the sarod’.
Find out more about the celebrated Russian pianist
Our Director of Music looks ahead to the Classical Season 2019/20
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
The quartet’s violist looks ahead to their Southbank Centre performance
Find out more about the life of the legendary Italian pianist
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
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A look into our archive at some of the pianist’s memorable London performances
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
Discover more about the Canadian pianist and her British roots
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
The pianist and composer shares a specially curated Spotify playlist of his influences
Listen to covers of some of the composer’s most iconic songs in this Spotify playlist
The singer and writer introduces the Jewish composer
Hear music that has inspired this innovative composer and video maker
Listen to pieces from the 22-year project, and discover more about Chase’s commissions
Discover more about this Italian rising star
Listen to the composer’s work, and discover more about its creation
Find out more about one of the great violinists of the 21st century

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