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. 

Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
George from Forced Entertainment tells us about appearing in That Night Follows Day
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
The OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
The Italian classical pianist introduces this unique instrument
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
The OAE’s Cecelia Bruggemeyer introduces this remarkable instrument

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