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 Jean-Paul Gaultier ahead of his Fashion Freak Show
Watch this video introduction to the exhibition, featuring Guest Curator Vincent Honoré and Assistant Curator Tarini Malik
The Light In The Piazza’s Set and Props Designer on bringing Florence to the stage
The amazing story behind one of the most iconic disco anthems
Watch the Finnish artists discuss their dance-filled show in this video
Watch a short introduction to the award-winning musical
Gavin Plumley, series advisor, introduces the Orchestra’s new colourful series
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
Enjoy a preview trailer of the eccentric and scandalous show before its UK premiere
Take a closer look at one of the photographs in diane arbus: in the beginning
Get a look ahead to Circus 1903’s return
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
Get a look at the mind-altering effects of the latest must see Hayward Gallery exhibition in our preview video
Watch the trailer for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s 2018/19 season
Classical musician Eberhard Spree takes us on a short musical tour of the city
Watch the fifth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Double-bassist Eberhard Spree gives an introduction to Leipzig’s world-famous orchestra
Watch the remarkable short film from BAFTA-winning director, Kieran Evans, here
Hear how The Cure’s legendary frontman put together his festival this exclusive video interview
Try your hand(s) at the LPO’s Rite of Spring clap-along game
Dom Thomas explains how Whyte Horses are quite literally a dream realised, in this video
Knocks, socks and schnapps; find out what goes on in the wings
Watch the fourth in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the third in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the second in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
Watch the first in a series of short films exploring key exhibitions from Hayward Gallery’s history
See the band as they prepared to play Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival, in this video
See the American singer-songwriter talk about performing and Robert Smith
Hear from the band’s Barry Burns and Stuart Braithwaite and watch gig footage from their performance at Meltdown
See footage from the cellist’s appearance at Meltdown as she explains her distinctive sound
Hear from YONAKA lead singer Theresa Jarvis in this video recorded at Robert Smith's Meltdown
Watch Stephanie Rosenthal, exhibition curator, introduce Hayward Gallery’s amazing exhibition of Lee Bul’s work
Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Watch a preview for Scottee’s dance show about flab, double-chins and getting your kit off
Love, murder and a platoon of ghostly knights – get to know Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in one minute
Watch Deftones’ Chino Moreno get a first look at Royal Festival Hall
Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career
Discover the turbulent relationship between Sergei Prokofiev and the Soviet regime
Watch a series of short video interviews with the famed guitarist and composer
Watch this illuminating video interview with the celebrated Korean composer
Enjoy a unique and in-depth insight into the photographer’s work in this video
Watch Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Laura Bates and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in discussion, in this video from WOW 2018
Ruby Wax in conversation about her new book, How to Be Human: The Manual
See the celebrated conductor discuss the work of her mentor Leonard Bernstein
The legendary Finnish composer and conductor reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time
Watch Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, introduce the gallery’s incredible Gursky retrospective
Visual artist Sam Winston questions how we see darkness in this video about his installation
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
Watch a trailer for the return of this festive favourite
A short video of key moments and messages from the fourth edition of the festival
Watch highlights from the comedian’s entertaining appearance at Being A Man festival
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Watch pianist Steven Osborne and clarinettist Jean Johnson, describe this remarkable chamber orchestra piece
Watch a series of short videos with the up and coming Icelandic musician
Watch the author talk you through his bookshelves in this first episode of our new video series
Exploring Handel’s provocative opera Semele on the illusions and delusions of love
Discover a festival showcasing the creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK
See highlights from China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
See exclusive behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s Meltdown performance
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Two household names from Indian classical music introduce their work
Hear the composer and musician discuss Rolf's new work and the excitement of working together across different genres of music
The award-winning pianist speaks to us ahead of his debut Southbank Centre performance
Hear the two artists discuss different approaches to Reich’s composition
The composer and solo percussionist take a look at Reich's joyous composition, Tehillim
Hear composer and musician Mica Levi talk about her approach to music-making
Hear the percussionist in conversation with Southbank Centre's Director of Music, Gillian Moore MBE
The legendary activist talks about women, race and class in the post-Trump era
The American civil rights advocate and leading scholar shares a few words
Hear what conductor Marin Alsop and participants had to about their experience of Southbank Centre's Women in Music Series in January 2017
Enjoy the second part of exclusive interview with the Italian pianist at home in Milan
Delve into the life, loves and music of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, and those of his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk
Listen to conductor Marin Alsop speak about working with Southbank Centre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Hear conductor Paavo Järvi talk about his upcoming concert, London audiences and his love of Japanese food
The conducting superstar delivers expert advice to five talented women conductors
Conductor Paavo Järvi speaks to Maki Takemitsu about her father, the composer Toru Takemitsu

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