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. 

Hear from three of the artists involved in Kiss My Genders in this roundtable discussion
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Take a first look at Kader Attia’s Hayward Gallery exhibition in this short video
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Read an interview with the artist and sculptor on his current Hayward Gallery roof commission
Free, interactive artworks appear at Southbank Centre this summer
Enjoy a unique view of the final pyramid rooflight's delivery to the gallery roof.
The new billboard art-work, Station II (2015) by Noémie Goudal, is installed at Hayward Gallery
The Infinite Mix presents UK premieres of audio-visual artworks by leading international artists
Bom Bom’s Dream (2016) follows the adventures of a Japanese dancer as she travels to Jamaica
This video promotes The Infinite Mix exhibition, presented by Hayward Gallery, in association with The Vinyl Factory.

Meltdown stories

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American garage punk band Radkey performing at James Lavelle's Meltdown, Southbank Centre 2014
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The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination