James Lavelle’s Meltdown 2014 at Southbank Centre

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Meltdown 2014. Photo courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery


Creative genius James Lavelle curates Meltdown 2014 at the Southbank Centre. Well practised in swapping his artistic hat for his musical one, expect the two categories to be mixed in interesting new ways.

Lavelle started his career at just 18 years old, creating the iconic music label Mo‘Wax before setting up electronica outfit Unkle. Always looking to innovate and re-think established practices, he has played a significant part in changing the modern cultural landscape. 

Unkle make a return to the stage at the festival with a one-off Royal Festival Hall show featuring old and new collaborators. Other highlights include The Pretenders' singer, Chrissie Hynde's first live show for more than five years, a screening of Waltz With Bashir with live accompaniment by the Philharmonia Orchestra, and a set by DJ Harvey in London Wonderground.

Curating the festival in its 21st year, Lavelle is following in the footsteps of musical greats that include David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Jarvis Cocker and Massive Attack. With his desire to get young people making, not just consuming culture, it’s a safe bet that the vibrant music and art will be like nothing that has come before.  

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