The Southbank Centre have announced that the 21st Meltdown will be artistically directed by James Lavelle producer, DJ, label boss of Mo'Wax and member of UNKLE.
Meltdown 2014, the 10-day event in June next year, will see Lavelle create a line-up over the duration of the festival of not just music, but also debate and installations, and the 21st edition coincides with with the Mo'Wax label's 21st birthday.
In a statement, Lavelle said, "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.
"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."
He follows in the footsteps of past Meltdown directors Yoko Ono, Antony Hegarty, Ray Ravies, Richard Thompson, Ornette Coleman, Massive Attack, John Peel, Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker, David Bowie, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Morrissey, Patti Smith and Jarvis Cocker, curating a festival that will take place across the Southbank Centre site.
Meltdown takes place over all 21 acres of the Southbank Centre, including the riverside, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. The dates for Meltdown 2014 are confirmed as Friday 13th until Sunday 22nd June .
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