13th – 22nd June 2014, Southbank Centre
Chrissie Hynde performs first live show in 5 years and plays her debut solo record ‘Stockholm’.
UNKLE play a one off Royal Festival Hall show with collaborators old and new.
Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra perform Timeless, celebrating 20 years since its release.
Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin to be performed with a live soundtrack from Mica Levi and Orchestrate.
Waltz With Bashir to be screened with Max Richter’s score played live by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by André de Ridder.
Neneh Cherry performs new material from Blank Project .
Mark Lanegan plays his only 2014 European date exclusively for Meltdown.
Rare DJ Harvey set at the Spiegeltent in London Wonderground.
Acid Brass by Jeremy Deller performed by The Fairey Band to feature in Sunday Come Down.
Seminal New York group ESG return to London for one off show.
More names to be announced.
Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members at 10am on 1 April 2014
Tickets go on sale to all at 10am on 3 April 2014
Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival is known for bringing to life the world of its curator, and for the 21st anniversary of the festival James Lavelle delivers a programme not to be rivalled by any other summer festival. Through his Meltdown, audiences will have the chance to engage with James Lavelle and some of the artists that have collaborated with him, influenced and inspired him across music, art, design and film.
Since starting the iconic music label Mo’ Wax aged 18, Lavelle has been witness to and at the forefront of the worldwide DJ-ing scene, and a celebration of club culture past and present will form a key part of his Meltdown. The festival will kick off his own influential creation -UNKLE – playing a one-off Royal Festival Hall show. UNKLE will play a specially created audio visual show for Meltdown that owes a debt to the orchestral side of UNKLE’s back catalogue and will include collaborators from UNKLE’s history as well as new faces who will combine forces to rework an eclectic repertoire for a contemporary classical surrounding. Goldie’s iconic album Timeless celebrates 20 years since its release, and to mark the occasion Goldie will perform it live for the first time, accompanied by the Heritage Orchestra. Visitors are also invited to the Sunday Come Down on the final day of the festival for an afternoon of free music celebrating club classics on the terraces next to the River Thames and which will feature Acid Brass by Jeremy Deller performed by The Fairey Band. The creative output of James’ label will also be celebrated in Urban Archaeology: 21 Years of Mo’Wax; a retrospective exhibition of the Mo’Wax archive which has devised with Southbank Centre uniquely for this year’s Meltdown and which will include tracks and record sleeves plus previously unseen proofs and artwork, as well as unveiling the workings behind the label.
Film scores have been an important part of Lavelle’s career and film will be a highlight of Meltdown this year. There will be a screening of Jonathan Glazer’s latest release Under The Skin, with a live soundtrack from Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Mica Levi and Orchestrate. Golden Globe-winning film Waltz With Bashir will also be screened, with Max Richter’s score played live by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by André de Ridder.
Meltdown has a reputation for staging one-off performances and collaborations by legendary artists, and the 21st anniversary of the festival will be no exception. Chrissie Hynde, best known as the leader of The Pretenders, will play the Royal Festival Hall in what will be her first live show in five years. Neneh Cherry returns to Southbank Centre after her legendary DJ slot at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown last year, and will play songs from her new album Blank Project. Singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan comes to the festival and will play an exclusive acoustic set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Other events include a rare live performance from musician, poet and artist Keaton Henson, South African musician Petite Noir, Edwyn Collins with yet to be announced guests and a celebration of John Coltrane’s 1965 album A Love Supreme from Paul Bradshaw’s Straight No Chaser.
This year, Meltdown goes even further across Southbank Centre’s 21 acre site and sets will take place in the Production Arch from Glass Animals – who have recently signed to Paul Epworth’s label Wolf Tone – plus Radkey and with more acts to be announced. An exclusive and yet to be revealed set of DJ sets will also take place every night in the Foyers.
At the heart of this summer’s Meltdown will be Lavelle’s desire to work with young people and mobilise the next generation to become makers of culture. Both weekends of the festival will be host to Meltdown Sessions, a series of talks and workshops with a host of iconic names across the arts and media, including many musicians appearing at Meltdown, providing young people with a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ask their questions and get advice from leading figures in the creative industries. Meltdown will also provide an opportunity for a specially recruited group of young people to experience and develop skills in planning and running a festival.
James Lavelle said,
“I’m deeply honoured and inspired to be curating this year’s Meltdown, following in the footsteps of many of my musical and cultural heroes. Over the past few months and during many sleepless nights I have been dreaming of a giant psychedelic jigsaw puzzle and trying to arrange all the pieces to create something eclectic, multicultural, unique and contemporary that joins the dots between artists who have strived to push the boundaries of the art of music. With my Meltdown I wanted to draw on the diversity and creative history of London and apply that to creating a festival that reflects the ever changing musical and artistic landscape of one of the most inspiring and creative epicenters of the world. Welcome to my world and I hope you enjoy the trip.”