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. 

Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Find out more about this video installation
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Find out more about this sculpture
Take a first look at Kader Attia’s Hayward Gallery exhibition in this short video
Find out more about this series of pieces
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Find out more about this sculpture
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
Specially commissioned fiction by writer Ben Eastham, inspired by Emmanuelle Lainé’s exhibition
Senior Curator Cliff Lauson discusses the Hayward Gallery exhibition Space Shifters

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