MOGWAI | 24.11.2018 | Leeds O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

MOGWAI | 24.11.2018 | Leeds O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Mogwai – 24th November 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

Mogwai – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

Feature by Graeme J. Baty

Mogwai announced their final UK tour for 2018 and it came as a bit of a welcome surprise. This marks my third time seeing them this year, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen them over the years. That said, I still find myself getting incredibly excited when they tour. This one was extra special and unmissable due to the fact that my other favourite band The Twilight Sad are opening. That’s all the persuasion I needed, I grabbed some tickets on the presale and promised myself I’d just go as a punter and watch the band. As the show grew nearer I flip-flopped and decided I need to photo this show! There’s something hugely rewarding about photoing a band you’ve adored for years, it’s a buzz that I haven’t found elsewhere in life.

Mogwai – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

Since there was no Newcastle spot on the tour I decided to go for the 200-mile round trip to Leeds. I’m pleased to say it was worth it, the band are in remarkable form at the moment, recent soundtrack album Kin has proven a welcome addition to my record collection and they played one track from it tonight, the pop-rock gem of an earworm We’re Not Done is positively the catchiest thing they’ve ever released. I’ve had it in my head for about four days now! They follow that with the fantastic Party in the Dark, another hugely catchy song.

Don’t Believe the Fife is quickly becoming an all-time fave for me and it’s been pretty consistent in setlists since the beginning of the Every Country’s Sun tour. It lulls you into a steady mellow pace then right hooks you with a huge wall of guitar at the crescendo. Perfection.

Setlist;

  • Yes! I Am a Long Way From Home
  • Friend of the Night
  • We’re Not Done
  • Party in the Dark
  • Old Poisons
  • Crossing the Road Material
  • Rano Pano
  • Don’t Believe the Fife
  • Auto Rock
  • Remurdered
  • Every Country’s Sun
  • Like Herod
  • Helicon Pt1
  • We’re No Here

One of the things I absolutely love about seeing Mogwai is the setlist surprises. Yes, there’s the standard songs that you expect to hear such as Remurdered but there’s an air of excitement with not knowing what treats you’ll get. So many classics from their back catalogue, it rewards the megafans who go to all the gigs.

Like Herod raises the hairs on the back of my neck as that bass line begins. Strobe lights pummel my senses, coupled with the sheer volume it’s an overwhelming experience, I close my eyes and with the strobes, I can see lights dancing on my eyelids, that’s a fantastic sensation. I really wish more bands would embrace lighting as part of the show experience, not too much mind, Mogwai have the balance about right. Light and sound, dark and bright, quiet and loud.

Mogwai – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy

We’re No Here ends the night to great cheers from the crowd. Mogwai masterclass of no-nonsense performance, just letting the music speak for itself. This is the third time I’ve seen them this year and to be honest I wish I’d done more. I did head into this gig wondering if I’d be able to write anything, what more can say? Remarkable band. I head off back to Newcastle not content with that dosage I blast Mogwai all the way home!

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MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.2018 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.2018 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Mogwai and Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Review and photos

Mogwai – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Mogwai play the first of two nights at Leith Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, both nights appear to be sold out or at least very near sold out. Tonight I decided to drive up from Newcastle for the gig and drive back straight after. They’ve only played Festival slots recently and this was the only proper chance to catch a full set. It was worth every effort. As they approach the end of the touring for their latest album; Every Country’s Sun (not including the extensive soundtrack work they’ve done). 

I was happy to see they’ve picked some gems for support acts, Kathryn Williams supports on the 23rd but tonight I get to see Rev Magnetic perform again. Stuart was in attendance at their Glasgow show with Superchunk. Tonight they are in a much more comfortable setting and you can really sense a band coming together nicely, their confidence is beaming as they stalk a much bigger stage tonight. They are a remarkable act, brimming with talent. I noted the last time I saw them that their music might require a few listens to fully appreciate and understand. Tonight I really enjoyed their set, as did the audience in attendance. A band to watch out for! We’ll have a separate photo gallery coming for their set soon

Rev Magnetic - 22nd August 2018 - Leith Theatre Edinburgh
Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh

As Mogwai took to the stage, I got a first glance of just how full the venue was. A sea of fans to greet Scottish music Royalty, the venue appears is packed! They came out to a really dark and smoke filled stage, the atmosphere was quite tense with anticipation.

We were treated to a rather brilliant set, largely drawn from ECS but with a dose of old classics mixed in for good measure. I was hoping that we might get a preview of some of the KIN material but it wasn’t to be. That said, we did get a rather rare and utterly stunning performance of My Father My King, which I’ve only ever heard them play once before at Glasgow Barrowlands for their 20th-anniversary shows. Don’t Believe the Fife is also a highlight, such a strong song.

Setlist;

  • Heard About You Last Night
  • Crossing the Road Material
  • Party in the Dark
  • Cody 
  • Kids Will Be Skeletons 
  • Don’t Believe the Fife 
  • I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead 
  • Coolverine 
  • Old Poisons 
  • Remurdered 
  • Like Herod 
  • New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1 
  • My Father, My King

I walked away ecstatic and slightly deaf for hearing My Father My King and kicking myself for not buying tickets for the following days show. However, it’s not too long to wait until the next outing, they recently announced a November UK tour with our favourites The Twilight Sad! 

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MOGWAI – February 2018 – Northumbria Institute – PHOTO FEATURE

MOGWAI – February 2018 – Northumbria Institute – PHOTO FEATURE

Mogwai – 1st February 2018 – Northumbria Institute

My first gig of the year after a rather quiet winter due to illness and lack of gigs! I couldn’t have asked for a better gig to make my return. I’ve been a fan since I first heard Tracy on a Total Guitar CD back in 97/98 ish. I’d never heard anything like it.

Since then they’ve innovated like no other instrumental act, each album growing and diversifying the Mogwai sound.

Mogwai - Northumbria Institute - February 2018
Mogwai – Northumbria Institute – February 2018

We were treated to a great, but compact 90-minute set. With new songs rubbing shoulders with back catalogue classics very nicely.

  • Crossing the Road Material
  • I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead
  • Party in the Dark
  • New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1
  • Ithica 27ø9
  • Rano Pano
  • Battered at a Scramble
  • Every Country’s Sun
  • Don’t Believe the Fife
  • Remurdered
  • Mogwai Fear Satan
  • Old Poisons
  • I Know You Are But What Am I?
  • We’re No Here

It’s the stuff of dreams to be able to photo the band. I feel really honoured 🙂 Not surprisingly I got carried away, so here’s loads and loads of photos. Enjoy 🙂

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