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. 

Perfect proms, a podcasted Portal and a virtual book festival; creative arts highlights chosen by our experts
In 2008 Massive Attack became the first band to curate the iconic festival
Relive Patti Smith’s 2005 Meltdown with tracks from the festival’s acts
Join the festival celebrating the contribution of refugees, through live comedy and music performances
Come with us back to the summer of 2002
Get a look behind the scenes with rare footage from past Meltdown festivals
Enjoy tracks from Meltdown festival’s past curators
Watch highlights from the comedian and musician’s 2012 performance
Listen to music that explores complex human emotions, chosen by our Director of Music, Gillian Moore
Our Head of Contemporary Music shares new sounds, exclusive performances and old favourites.
Enjoy songs and learn dance moves from artists who were set to join us at Easter
Enjoy a 21 track Spotify playlist curated by our head of Contemporary Music, Bengi Unsal.
Be taken far beyond the confines of your home with this special Spotify playlist of Shankar’s music
Celebrate the legendary musician and composer with archive footage and the words of Anoushka Shankar
Get to know the legendary Indian musician and composer
Listen to some of the best up and coming artists with our music programmer, Lexy Morvaridi’s playlist
Listen to a Spotify playlist of tracks inspired by trees and forests
The Latin Grammy-Award winning Argentine pianist on everything from bathroom music to the perfect tango for aliens.
Find out more about the incredible drumming group from Sado Island
The singer discusses his return to performing solo after Everything But the Girl

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