The festival takes place at London's Southbank Centre from June 13-22
The event will take place from June 13 – 22 at London’s Southbank Centre. Tickets go on general sale on April 3 at 10am. The first line-up announcement includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, who will play her first five show in five years. Hynde will release her debut solo album this summer. Lavelle and DJ Shadow’s UNKLE project will play a one off show at the Royal Festival Hall with a number of special guests.
Also confirmed are Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra, who will play the electronic musician’s 1995 album ‘Timeless’. Neneh Cherry will play the event, as will Mark Lanegan, whose only European date will take place as part of Meltdown. ESG will play in addition to DJ Harvey, who performs at the Spiegeltent in London Wonderground.
Other events include Waltz With Bashir, which will be screened with a live rendition of Max Richter’s score from the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by André de Ridder. Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin will be performed with a live soundtrack from Mica Levi and Orchestrate. Glass Animals will also perform live as will Petite Noire, Edwyn Collins, Radkey and Keaton Henson.
Previous curators of Meltdown include David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Jarvis Cocker and Massive Attack. Lavelle founded Mo’ Wax in 1996 and put out seminal albums including DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing…’ on the label. He also worked with DJ Shadow under the moniker UNKLE, who featured The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Mike D, Badly Drawn Boy and Thom Yorke on their debut album ‘Psyence Fiction’. He has since collaborated with Massive Attack and Josh Homme.
“I am deeply honoured to have been asked to curate Meltdown 2014,” Lavelle said when it was revealed he would be in charge of the festival. “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.”
He continued: “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.”