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Lavelle takes charge of Meltdown

DJ and record company boss James Lavelle is taking charge of next year's Meltdown Festival - following in the footsteps of David Bowie.

The annual event at the Southbank Centre has seen some of m usic's biggest names, including Bowie, Patti Smith and Jarvis Cocker, organise a series of gigs by their favourite performers.

Among the acts to have played over the years are Nina Simone, Radiohead, Grace Jones and Ray Davies.

James, who started his own record label Mo' Wax when he was 18, also performs and records as UNKLE where he has worked with names including Badly Drawn Boy and Thom Yorke.

He 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."

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