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. 

Chris McCabe on his anthology of poems from endangered languages
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”
The BAFTA-winning composer looks ahead to his new festival
The psychotherapist and author discusses her latest book in this interview
The composer and orchestrator talks about bringing his father’s work to life
Nicholas Hlobo introduces his work and discusses his use of materials in this short video
Tarini Malik and John Fleetwood discuss Thabiso Sekgala’s photographic legacy
We speak to the Syrian-American singer ahead of her Southbank Centre gig
What’s it like to be a DIY queer feminist punk band in 2019?
Nile Rodgers talks about his Meltdown festival in this exclusive video
The poet on the importance of Picasso’s work and the challenge of responding to it
The legendary singer and guitarist talks Chic, Nile Rodgers and Royal Festival Hall
Watch Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson talk about performing at the festival
Watch the American musician and producer in this video
The pair discuss their portrait of Al-Kadhi’s drag persona in this short video
Two artists from Kiss My Genders discuss figuration, abstraction, family and identity in this joint interview
Ann Liebeck on how Havana and cabaret thrived on the eve of the Cuban revolution
The artist introduces his HENI Project Space exhibition in this short video 
Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
The artists behind Stranger Things remarkable score, look ahead to their Meltdown gig in this interview
Hear from Jean-Paul Gaultier ahead of his Fashion Freak Show
Read a short interview with the choreographer of ZooNation’s Tales of the Turntable
Find out how the artist creates the intricate sculptures on display in HENI Project Space
The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer Natalia Osipova discusses her performance in The Mother
The amazing story behind one of the most iconic disco anthems
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
The artist discusses her exhibition in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
The viola player speaks about the future of the ensemble
Read a special interview with the choreographer ahead of her return to London
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The quartet’s violist looks ahead to their Southbank Centre performance
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The singer and writer introduces the Jewish composer
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
The performer talks to us about the family show, and relishing his own role in it
The violinist talks composers and coping with touring in this interview
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
Artist Scottee talks to us about his new show Fat Blokes
The artist discusses her site-specific installation in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
The young jazz starlett talks inspiration and gratitude
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian
The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
The Academy award-winning art director on his incredible new project
The comedian and playwright tells us why more artists should take risks, in this interview
Watch the remarkable short film from BAFTA-winning director, Kieran Evans, here
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
Find out about the history of the Argentine music and its links with Cuba and opera
Find out what he’ll be cooking in his summer Southbank Centre pop-up in this interview.

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