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. 

Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Listen to the best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
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
Listen to a special podcast, recorded live at 2018’s London Literature Festival
Listen to Sue Perkins discuss her book East of Croydon
Listen to Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell and Terrance Hayes on modern America
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Listen to The Who frontman discussing his new memoir in this special podcast
Listen to Anna Burns discuss her Man Booker award-winning novel, Milkman
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
Listen to the second episode of our monthly podcast, as we discuss writing and the novel.
Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
Listen to the second episode of our literary podcast, recorded backstage at Man Booker 50
Listen to a discussion of family dynamics, memory and desire, from two Booker Prize-winning authors
Listen to two Booker Prize-winning writers discuss how historical fiction can shed light on our present
Listen to the novelists discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners

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