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. 

Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Introducing an award-winning author with an increasingly global following
Take a look at the packed line-up coming to Southbank Centre later this year
Introducing the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
Big name star after big name star; take a look at the cast of the new television series
Get up to speed on the author’s two LA Quartet series.
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
Find out more about the much-hyped debut novelist
How the authors’ respective latest novels explore the boundaries from artificial intelligence
Discover the six authors and books in contention for this year’s prize
Weather taken a turn for the worse? Curl up and enjoy these eggstra special reads
Listen to the best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
For World Book Day, take a look at these books celebrating characters and stories often reduced to the margins
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan

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