As twentieth birthday parties go, this one is pretty sweet. Influential Glaswegian post-rock outfit Mogwai have been wringing out walls of epic, fuzzy bliss for two decades, and to celebrate they’re curating a series of shows with All Tomorrow’s Parties, featuring a programme of bands and musicians that have awed and inspired them over the years: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mogwai: An ATP Season at the Roundhouse. The band’s guitarist, Stuart Braithwaite, talks through some of the many highlights from the line-up.
Mogwai + Prolapse: June 24
Experimental punk band Prolapse have reformed for the occasion, supporting Mogwai’s opening show.
Stuart says: ‘We used to play with Prolapse when we first started out and this is them coming back after a long break. They are a wonderful band.’
Mogwai + Forest Swords: June 25
Shadowy beat-maker Forest Swords takes the second slot with his spooky, atmospheric electronica.
Stuart says: ‘Forest Swords is one of the best artists we’ve toured with in the last few years. He’s a really innovative electronic musician.’
Public Enemy: June 27
Chuck D’s politically charged hip hop giants are Mogwai’s first guest headliners. Listen out for timeless anthems like ‘Fight the Power’
Stuart says: ‘Public Enemy are a legendary group who’ve made some of the most innovative and important records ever.’
GZA: June 28
The founding member of seminal rap collective Wu-Tang Clan will be hoofing out hard-hitting rhymes with enough bite to take your arm off, plus there’ll be altogether serener sounds from Chicago art rock band Tortoise.
Stuart says: ‘GZA is one of the best MCs in Wu-Tang Clan and he’s made some amazing records on his own too. He’s an incredibly talented individual. ’
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: June 30
Mogwai’s fans should be easily seduced by these cult Canadian post-rockers. They love whipping up swirling, psychedelic guitar odysseys with more pull than a black hole.
Stuart says: ‘Godspeed came out at around the same time as us. They make some of the most epic music known and they’re also very good friends of ours, so we’re really happy that they’re playing.’
The Jesus and Mary Chain: July 5
The iconic Scottish noise-pop outfit will be playing their acclaimed 1985 debut album ‘Psychocandy’ on the final date, bringing things to a suitably distorted close.
Stuart says: ‘They were one of the bands that made us want to play in a band. They are local heroes from East Kilbride, which is close to where we’re from. I am very excited to see them play ‘Psychocandy’ in full.’
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mogwai: An ATP Season at the Roundhousetakes place over six nights from June 24 – July 5. Tickets are priced at £24 – £30 and go on sale at midday today from the Roundhouse website (priority booking for Roundhouse members is available from 9am). Head to our Mogwai 20th anniversary page for full listings.
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