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. 

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The much-loved comedian and actor looks back at his remarkable career
The popular children’s author discusses his new book
The internationally bestselling author on the fascinating story of Lale Sokolov
“Had I curated it in the wake of Brexit, Trump and Farage, there’s a chance it would have been a different book”
Listen to the comedian discuss her new book in this special podcast
Introducing the brilliant YA writers and authors appearing at Southbank Centre
Listen to Malorie Blackman discuss her latest novel Crossfire
Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Get a recap of the author’s award-winning series
See who’s joining us at this year’s festival and Poetry International
Take the chance to hear from authors, writers and publishers in a series of intimate short talks
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
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.

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