Monday, 23 June 2014

Monday 23rd June: James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival at The Southbank Centre

Here are a few snaps from the incredible two week Meltdown Festival at The Southbank Centre, curated this year by James Lavelle.  It was such a packed schedule of events that I wanted to attend all of them!!!  From a screening of Under the Skin, accompanied by a live performance of its soundtrack with composer Mica Levi to Goldie performing his Timeless album with The Heritage Orchestra.  I managed to get down to Embankment for three of the programmes which began last weekend for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood takeover.  This included a screening of his recent Sonzeira documentary "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" whilst recording in Brazil with a Q&A between the director and team involved.  Anushka performed as warm up for the main event of Eska's unique one-off concert, which wrapped up with a back2back dj set between Gilles and James Lavelle.  The 2nd event I attended was the UK premiere of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner's "41 Strings"  with special appearances from Romy Madley Croft (The XX), Hannah Thurlow (2:54), Gemma Thompson (Savages), Jeff Wootton and Seye (Damon Albarn' Heavy Seas band).  Then yesterday was the final "Come Down" party on the river terrace with Acid Brass by Jeremy Deller and The Fairey Band which then turned into a river side rave with dj's Horse Meat Disco and Lavelle signing off by spinning classics such as Strings Of Life.  This is what I love about London - the diverse range of cultural events that are free to attend,  where cross-generations can pitch up for a dance to seminal sounds delivered by the city's heritage of musical movements.
(Photos top to bottom: Gilles Peterson Q&A, Nick Zinners' 41 Strings, Eska wearing my silver hair slide styled by Rowdy Superstar, Rowdy, Jeremy Deller's Brass Band, James Lavelle)

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