Unkle co-founder James Lavelle to curate Meltdown festival 2014

Electronic musician set to follow in footsteps of former directors Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Morrissey

James Lavelle, the DJ, co-founder of Unkle and head of Mo'Wax label, will curate the 2014 Meltdown festival at London's Southbank Centre.

Each year, the 10-day event is curated by a cultural figure. In 2014, the prolific electronic artist and producer will follow in the footsteps of past directors David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker and Massive Attack.

Next year's Meltdown is a triple celebration, not only marking the 21st anniverary of both the festival and Mo'Wax, the label Lavelle founded when he was 18, but also coinciding with the musician's 40th birthday.

"I want to bring together my influences from the past and the present, and my work as an artist in contemporary society," said Lavelle, "as well as transform the space in a way that's never been done before, both artistically and musically."

The 2014 festival will include an interactive exhibition, entitled Urban Archaeology, planned with Southbank Centre to commemorate the label's output.

"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," Lavelle said. "Together we will push boundaries, shoot for the moon and create something that people will never forget."

Yoko Ono curated last year's Meltdown, which included performances by Peaches, who performed Ono's seminal work, Cut Piece, and Laurie Anderson. Over the past two decades, the festival has been punctuated by some significant moments, including Jeff Buckley's final UK show, the first live performance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, and a rare show by Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins – as part of Antony Hegarty's Meltdown – in 2012.

The next Meltdown festival takes place from 13-22 June 2014. The full lineup will be announced next year.


Harriet Gibsone

The GuardianTramp

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