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. 

Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Watch this video introduction to the exhibition, featuring Guest Curator Vincent Honoré and Assistant Curator Tarini Malik
Find out how the artist creates the intricate sculptures on display in HENI Project Space
Find out more about Muholi’s self-portrait, part of their ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness
Hear from three of the artists involved in Kiss My Genders in this roundtable discussion
Find out more about the first drag queen to run for president
Find out more about Hayward Gallery’s summer exhibition
Find out more about Hlobo’s sculpture
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
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

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