Mo' Wax records founder James Lavelle to curate Meltdown 2014

The London festival celebrates its 21st anniversary this year

Mo' Wax records founder James Lavelle to curate Meltdown 2014

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Mo' Wax Records founder James Lavelle has been announced as the curator of the 2014 Meltdown festival.

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. "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."

Meltdown festival will take place at London's Southbank Centre between June 13 and 22. Previous curators include David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Jarvis Cocker and Massive Attack.

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