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 best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Catch up on the Oscar-winning actress discussing her autobiography In Pieces at London Literature Festival
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
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
Discover works from this groundbreaking National Poetry Library exhibition
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
An exclusive podcast from the comedian’s frank and funny conversation at Being A Man festival
Discover the master of erudite pageturners
A reading list for people who can't get enough speculative fiction
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
Ali Smith, Mohsin Hamid and George Saunders are all in the running
Read our primer on John le Carré's legendary character
Find out which Nobel Laureates have graced us with their presence
Read more about the celebrated poet and novelist

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