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James Lavelle to curate Meltdown 2014

By | Published on Thursday 14 November 2013

James Lavelle

Following Yoko Ono’s stint earlier this year, UNKLE producer and DJ James Lavelle is to take curatorship of 2014’s edition of Meltdown festival, which will be held at London’s Southbank Centre on 13-22 Jun.

Lavelle, whose label, Mo’Wax, also marks its 21st anniversary in 2014, will chose all the event’s artists and on-site installations, a la other past curators like Morrissey, David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Antony Hegarty.

Lavelle says of taking the position: “I am deeply honoured to have been asked to curate Meltdown 2014. I intend to create a vibrant and exciting collage of counter-culture and collaboration from the worlds of music, film, art and everything in between. I want to bring together my influences from the past, the present and my work as an artist in contemporary society as well as transforming the space in a way that’s never been done before, both artistically and musically”.

He adds: “In curating Meltdown I have a responsibility to inspire the next generation of young artists in the same way that I was inspired as a teenager. Together we will push boundaries, shoot for the moon and create something that people will never forget”.

The full line-up for the festival will be announced early next year, but for now you can read some quotes from former Lavelle collaborators about what a swell guy he is here. And a CMU column on him by Eddy Temple-Morris. Oh, and why not listen to the playlist he put together for us? That should be plenty to be getting on with while you wait.