Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 - scaling back

2015 will see Brightlight scaled back to focus solely on covering Mogwai's live activities.

My intention is to maintain the gigography, but the rest of the site will no longer be updated.

forthcoming shows


Thanks to everyone who's contributed over the last 15 years.

The forum will continue to operate as normal

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ben and Finlay - 2014 auction

Mogwai have donated two items to the 2014 auction benefiting autistic twins Ben and Finlay.

Item 81
A test pressing of Mogwai’s new EP - titled the Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. – released 30/11/2014 – – thank you Stuart Braithwaite

Item 82
Bottle of Mogwai Single Cask Whisky, a specially bottled single cask 9-year-old Glenallachie celebrating the release of Mogwai’s ‘Rave Tapes’ album, 70cl – now sold out – – thank you Stuart Braithwaite

The auction runs from Monday 1st December to Sunday 14th December.

Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1 - out today

Mogwai release their new ep 'Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1' via Rock Action today (1st December 2014)

Available via digital download, CD and very limited edition 12-inch vinyl formats.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

2014 touring

Mogwai played their last show of 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia earlier today.
Setlist above courtesy of Instagram user 'hajarhusna'

104 public Mogwai shows in 2014.

Two incomplete setlists - Sasquatch (23rd May), Bad Bonn Kilbi (30th May)
Three unconfirmed setlists - Seoul (16th Feb), El Paso (22nd April), Electric Picnic (31st August)

35 tracks played. Live debuts for Deesh, Simon Ferocious, Teenage Exorcists.

Remurdered (100 shows)
How To Be A Werewolf (93)
I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead (93)
Deesh (90)
Heard About You Last Night (90)
Rano Pano (87)
Master Card (77)
Hunted By A Freak (68)
Mogwai Fear Satan (64)
We're No Here (59)
Mexican Grand Prix (58)
Batcat (54)
Friend Of The Night (53)
Auto Rock (51)
The Lord Is Out Of Control (49)
Ithica 27ø9 (48)
White Noise (47)
Take Me Somewhere Nice (36)
New Paths to Helicon pt.1 (35)
Ex-Cowboy (30)
Travel Is Dangerous (22)
Blues Hour (17)
Christmas Steps (16)
2 Rights Make 1 Wrong (13)
Cody (9)
Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home (9)
New Paths to Helicon pt.2 (7)
Teenage Exorcists (6)
You Don't Know Jesus (4)
Glasgow Mega-Snake (3)
Small Children In The Background (3)
Killing All The Flies (2)
Like Herod (2)
May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door (2)
San Pedro (1)
Simon Ferocious (1)
Wizard Motor (1)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mogwai members play Krautrock show in Glasgow
Members of The Phantom Band and Mogwai are set to team up with the founding member of German experimental rockers Faust for a one-off show in Glasgow to acknowledge the legacy of the krautrock movement of the 1960s and 70s.

Faust founder Hans Joachim Irmler, Stuart Braithwaite and Martin Bulloch of Mogwai, and Andy Wake and Duncan Marquiss of The Phantom Band will perform specially-created material at the Musik / Reise (Music / Travel) show at multi-arts venue Platform in Glasgow’s Easterhouse.

Musik / Reise is at Platform in Easterhouse, Glasgow on 10 Jan 2015; tickets are £10.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1 - Pitchfork stream

Mogwai release their new ep 'Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1' via Rock Action on 1st December 2014.

The EP can be streamed in full at Pitchfork:

Apparently Marc Riley mentioned last week that there may be another Mogwai session for BBC 6Music to tie-in with the EP release. Thanks Simon.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Metronomy remix

John Cummings remix of Metronomy's 'The Upsetter'

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

James Yorkston remix

James Yorkston - Guy Fawkes' Signature (Stuart Braithwaite Remix)

Perth - February 2015

Two further additions to Mogwai's Australian tour:

23rd and 24th Feb 2015 - Mogwai + J Mascis
Perth International Arts Festival

Australia and New Zealand - Feb/March 2015


Mogwai tour
Friday, February 27 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Sunday, March 1 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Monday, March 2 – Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney
Wednesday, March 4 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday, March 6 – Powerstation, Auckland
Saturday, March 7 – St. James Cabaret, Wellington

Mogwai's first visit to New Zealand since 1999.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sydney Opera House - 2nd March 2015

Mogwai play Sydney Opera House on 2nd March 2015.
Tickets on sale Monday 10th November, 9am.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

20th anniversary compilation

Thanks to Alejandro for pointing out that, at the end of this interview with The Argus, Stuart mentions plans to mark Mogwai's 20th anniversary in 2015.

After nearly 20 years Mogwai are beginning to look back. Next year should see an anniversary compilation with “harder to find things” and vinyl reissues of every Mogwai record.

Referring to the compilation’s track list, he jokes “It’s an ongoing discussion, but it’s probably the easiest record we’ll ever make.”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Simple Things stream

Mogwai play Bristol's Simple Things Festival tomorrow (Sat 25th October, Colston Hall, 11.30pm)

The show will be streamed live here:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Never Come Home - free download

Stuart recently provided the music for 'Never Come Home', a poem by Catherine Baird that won a poetry competition launched by Jane Graham (a Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence) via North Lanarkshire, Cumbria and Gwynedd libraries.

The poem is read by the actress Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, FILTH, Harry Potter...)
You can download the track for free via our website:

And here's an interview with Jane Graham, the project's brainchild:

Friday, October 17, 2014

HK, KL, AUS shows announced

Mogwai have announced three further shows:

November 28 2014 - Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong

November 30 2014 - KL LIVE, Kuala Lumpur

February 27 2015 - Adelaide Festival, Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Drowned Village competition result - new Mogwai track

Back in January, we reported on a competition being run by North Lanarkshire Libraries to have a poem set to music by Mogwai.

The winner has been announced today:
"The #DrownedVillage prize is here. Winner @BairdCatherine's poem has been set to music by @mogwaiband...."
"Exclusive @mogwaiband track 'Never Come Home' will feature prize winning @BairdCatherine's poem read by actress #ShirleyHenderson"
"First play of 'Never Come Home' by @mogwaiband will be on the @maryannehobbs BBC 6 Music's '6 Music Recommends' tomorrow night."
"'Never Come Home' by @mogwaiband will then become a FREE download at Don't forget to download this exclusive track!!"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 - preorders

Mogwai release their new ep 'Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1' via Rock Action on 1st December 2014.

Piccadilly Records - 12" £9.99, CD £5.99

Rise Records - 12" £10, CD £7

Rough Trade - 12" £10.99, CD £6.99

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Japan - March 2015

Mogwai return to Japan in March 2015, for shows in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

9 - Ex Theater, Tokyo
10 - Club Quattro, Nagoya
11 - Big Cat, Osaka

Tickets on sale from 1st November

Further details and ticket links:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Teenage Exorcists stream

'Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1.' our new EP is out 1st December via our Rock Action Records label.
Three new songs + three remixes from Nils Frahm, Blanck Mass and Pye Corner Audio

And from The Skinny:
Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio and Nils Frahm contribute remixes of Rave Tapes tracks, alongside fresh cuts Teenage Exorcists, History Day, and HMP Shaun William Ryder. Listen to lead track Teenage Exorcists in the player below.

Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. is out on CD, download and 12'' vinyl on 1 Dec, via Rock Action.


Teenage Exorcists
History Day
HMP Shaun William Ryder
Re-Remurdered (Blanck Mass remix)
No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio remix)
The Lord Is Out Of Control (Nils Frahm remix)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mogwai - Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1 - 1st December

Mogwai release their new ep 'Music Industry 3, Fitness Industry 1' via Rock Action on 1st December 2014.

Lead track 'Teenage Exorcists' was played by Marc Riley on BBC 6Music this evening.
Listen again:
The track starts approx 14 minutes into the show.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Xander Harris - Cry Havoc - ROCKACT84

Via The Quietus

Forthcoming on November 3rd on Rock Action Records

Xander Harris - Cry Havoc/Heathen Birth 7"

Cat No: rockact84
Formats: heavy pressed 7" ltd to 500 copies, digital download

1. Cry Havoc
2. Heathen Birth

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stuart Braithwaite - Hull, 2nd October 2014

Mogwai stars to play Hull Adelphi gig as part of 30th anniversary celebrations

A rare opportunity to see Mogwai’s lead guitarist and vocalist has been announced as part of Adelphi’s 30th anniversary.

The De Grey Street venue is celebrating three decades of live music.

As part of the week-long celebrations, Stuart Braithwaite, of Mogwai, will be performing an acoustic set on Thursday, October 2, with doors opening at 7pm.

Supported by RM Hubbert and Tom Skelly, plus Mogwai DJs
Further info:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Live stream from tomorrow's Edinburgh show

KILTR have announced that they will be streaming tomorrow's 'A Night For Scotland' event in Edinburgh live. The show, at Usher Hall, is sold out. Artists performing include Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, Frightened Rabbit, Amy Macdonald, McIntoshRoss and Stanley Odd.

The stream starts at 7.30pm. Link to follow.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

1st September - Mogwai Song Title Day

"We got drunk on the train on Monday and thought of some great song titles," Braithwaite said. "They’re secret for now, but it means we’ve got some great names – just no music to go with them yet."

Braithwaite added that Mogwai’s soundtrack album for the first series of The Returned sold better than the band’s most recent regular album, 2013’s 'Rave Tapes'. "We must have done something right with that soundtrack," Braithwaite said. "The second series hasn’t been filmed yet, but the storylines we’ve seen look great. We’ve started writing music for that, and we’re sure it’s going to go great."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stuart interviewed for Songfacts

Published back in April but it had passed me by until today - thanks Alejandro

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tracy in skate ad

"We let them use it for some new skate shoes" [plasmatron]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mogwai's Glasgow playlist

The Guardian/Mogwai love-in continues with a Mogwai-curated playlist highlighting Glasgow's music scene.

Anyone who doesn't use Spotify won't be able to listen, sadly.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Come On Die Young reissue - released this week

The 2 x CD and digital versions of Mogwai's 'Come On Die Young' reissue package are available from all good physical and digital retailers NOW! Deliveries of pre-ordered vinyl boxsets have started in the last couple of days.

Order direct from Chemikal Underground:

Digital in North America:

Fact Magazine have a gallery of photos from the Come On Die Young era:

mogwaichat - interviews, Q&As

[via The Quietus]

Reddit IAmA question and answer session from earlier this week:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stuart Braithwaite - Kirkwall, 22nd July 2014

Stuart is amongst the line-up for a second Yestival event in Orkney, this time at The Reel in Kirkwall on 22nd July. Doors 6.45pm for 7pm, free entry!

Stuart is also performing at the previous day's event in Stromness



A travelling 'Yestival' will reach Stromness on July 21st as part of a cultural tour in advance of the independence referendum.

The tour of culture and politics has been organised by National Collective, the cultural campaign for a Yes vote, as part of a summer of independence – with some of Scotland's top writers, musicians and artists involved.

The tour will reach the Royal Hotel, Stromness at 8PM (doors 7:45PM) and will be free to attend. The Stromness event will feature Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite performing a solo set plus a screening of the film Scotland Yet.

On Tuesday 22nd July, the tour will then proceed to Kirkwall where there will be an evening of music, spoken word and Journey to Yes. Acts include Stuart Braithwaite, Jamie Marshall, Erin Farley, Declan Welsh, Stewart Shearer, Lorraine McBrearty and James Watson.

Yestival has been endorsed by artists including Julie Fowlis, who featured in Pixar film Brave; RM Hubbert, 2013 Scottish Album of the Year winner; and leading playwright David Greig.

The Yestival tour has been funded by donation, with more than £30,000 being donated by supporters through online crowdfunding.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rotherham - 23rd October 2014

Mogwai's first-ever show in Rotherham takes place at Magna, a disused-steelworks-turned-science-centre, on 23rd October.

Stuart Braithwaite - Stromness, 21st July 2014

Yestival, the Summer of Independence is coming to Orkney! National Collective on tour, featuring Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai and a film screening of 'Scotland Yet'.

Royal Hotel, Stromness, doors 7.45pm for 8pm, Monday 21st July 2014.
Free entry!

Monday, July 7, 2014

London - 29th July and Tokyo - 16th August

Two new Mogwai tour dates:

29th July 2014 - KOKO, London
A Benefit To Celebrate The Life Of Julia Brightly
More info:
The stage times suggest that Mogwai will be playing for around an hour, from 9.45pm

16th August - Summer Sonic, Tokyo

Update: Stuart discusses Julia Brightly's work with Mogwai:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bilbao - 1st November 2014

Mogwai play BIME in Bilbao on 1st November 2014, alongside Placebo and Basement Jaxx.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Remember Remember 'La Mayo' video

Remember Remember's new album 'Forgetting the Present' is out this week on Rock Action on CD and download, with the vinyl to follow in a couple of weeks due to delays at the pressing plant.

Check the video for 'La Mayo' above.

Graeme was interviewed about the band's unusual instrumentation by Drowned In Sound

Remember Remember are featured on the front cover of the July edition of The Skinny

Further updates can be found on the Remember Remember blog.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Best Kept Secret - VPRO webcast

VPRO have archived 45 minutes of Mogwai's set at Best Kept Secret (21st June).

Thanks Rick

Glastonbury - video streams


And the full set here:

Further info on Mogwai's set, photos etc:

Approx 11 minutes of Mogwai's set was broadcast on BBC 6Music last night:
Mexican GP (incomplete), Hunted By A Freak, Mogwai Fear Satan (incomplete)
The broadcast tracklist mentions Deesh but there's no sign of this in the broadcast.

Further excerpts from the show are scheduled for broadcast on BBC 6Music's Gideon Coe show on Tues 1st July:

Master Card was televised on BBC 2 HD last night.

About 30 minutes of Mogwai's set was broadcast on one of the three BBC RB channels at 01:28 this morning:
Remurdered / Auto Rock / Mexican Grand Prix / Hunted By A Freak / We're No Here

Thanks Markus

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ghent - 28th October 2014

Several sites are reporting that Mogwai play Concertzaal Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium on 28th October 2014 - anyone seen confirmation of this?

Update: Ghent show confirmed, tickets on sale 26th June 9am via the link above.

One further show added:
31st October 2014 - Le Bikini, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France

Monday, June 23, 2014

Remember Remember 'Forgetting The Present' stream

Remember Remember return with their brand new studio album 'Forgetting The Present' released via Rock Action Records on June 30th.

The entire album can now be heard via Clashmusic, alongside a track-by-track guide from Graeme Ronald:

Pre-order links on the Rock Action Facebook page:

5* review at The Skinny

Live dates this week:
June 27 Liverpool - The Kazimier Garden (free entry)
June 28 London - The Lexington
June 29 Nottingham - The Chameleon Arts Cafe
August 1st Glasgow - Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Kelvingrove Park

Mogwai at Glastonbury on the BBC

Mogwai play Glastonbury Festival on Saturday 28th June, headlining the Park Stage (23:00 - 00:15)

2014 marks the tenth anniversary of John Peel's last appearances amongst the BBC presenters at Glastonbury. Still very much missed.

BBC coverage is usually extensive and high quality. Excerpts from Mogwai's set are already scheduled to feature on Stuart Maconie's BBC 6Music show (Saturday, 21:00 - 00:00). If Mogwai's last Glastonbury appearance in 2003 is anything to go by, we can expect extensive BBC 6Music rebroadcasts of excerpts from the set for the next ten years.

Hopefully Mogwai's set will be broadcast on one of the BBC's 'Red Button' extra digital TV channels.

Thanks Markus. If anyone sees further info on Mogwai coverage, please get in touch.

Coverage of Mogwai's 2014 festival appearances has ranged from the exceptional (ARTE Concert at Primavera Sound) to the awful (101tv's shoddy low-quality webcast from last weekend's Best Kept Secret festival in the Netherlands) to non-existent (barely a mention of Bad Bonn Kilbi anywhere online).

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Utrecht - 29th October 2014

Mogwai play TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht on 29th October.

Tickets on sale here:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AIM Best Live Act 2014

Mogwai are long-listed for the Association Of Independent Music Best Live Act 2014. Public voting for the shortlist is open until 30th June. The final decision will be made by a panel of judges.

Vote here:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Buenos Aires - 24th November 2014

Mogwai play Music Wins Festival, Estadio Mandarine Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina on 24th November 2014.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Uncut magazine - CODY reissue review
There’s a great Come On Die Young review & interview in this months Uncut. NME have also reprinted our interview and review from 1999. #cody

Chemikal Underground release an expanded reissue of Come On Die Young on 16th June 2014.

Bristol - 25th Oct 2014

Mogwai play at Colston Hall, Bristol on 25th October 2014, as part of the Simple Things Festival. Tickets on sale now.

Aberdeen - 21st Oct 2014

Seetickets has a further Mogwai show, at Music Hall, Aberdeen, listed for 21st October 2014.

Liverpool - 24th Oct 2014

Mogwai play Camp & Furnace, Liverpool on Friday 24th October 2014, supported by Forest Swords and Mugstar. The event is part of Liverpool Music Week

Brighton - 26th Oct 2014

Mogwai play Brighton Dome on Sunday 26th October 2014. Tickets on sale now:

Thanks David

Hopefully further UK dates to follow - anyone seen anything else yet?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Metallica: Are Shite
Mogwai have spoken out about their opinion of Metallica headlining Glastonbury this year - saying that they don't see the fuss, but do think they're 'shite'.

The Scottish post-rock icons are set to perform at the same time as Metallica at this year's festival, and speaking to Gigwise backstage at Primavera Sound, explained their opinion of the metal heroes.

"I can't wait to hear that guy play the drums again - unbelievably bad," said multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns. "He's terrible."

Singer Stuart Braitwaite continued: "I just can't wait until we go all quiet and you can hear 'Enter Sandman' in the background, because we're on at the same time. I don't really see the fuss. They're a pretty big rock band and it's a pretty big rock festival.

"It would be good if they could go back in time to 1989. Metallica at Glastonbury in 1989

When put to the band their booking had proven controversial, drummer Martin Bulloch added: "Because they're shite."

- Check back soon for our full interview with Mogwai, discussing new music, more whiskey and progress on the soundtrack to the new series of The Returned

Primavera Fauna - Santiago - 22nd Nov 2014

Mogwai are amongst the first batch of announcements for Primavera Fauna in Santiago, Chile on 22nd November 2104. Other acts include Four Tet, Real Estate and Beirut.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Primavera Sound live stream

Mogwai play the ATP Stage at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on Saturday 31st May [1am].

Numerous sets are being streamed live by ARTE Concert, and Mogwai are on the list:

Mogwai are also participating in a Q&A and listening session at 6.30pm on Saturday 31st May, as part of a Bowers & Wilkins event at Primavera Sound.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pitchfork Festival - Paris - 30th Oct to 1st Nov 2014

Mogwai are amongst the first announcements for Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, alongside Belle & Sebastian, Caribou and Future Islands. The festival takes place Paris (no, really) between 30th Oct and 1st Nov 2014.

Literacy Hour

Apparently initial copies of John Connolly's new book 'The Wolf In Winter' are packaged with a CD including a Mogwai track - anyone know what it is?

Author Mark Hadden recently conquered his fear of flying with help from Mogwai:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Remember Remember 'Forgetting The Present' - 30th June

Remember Remember return with their brand new studio album 'Forgetting The Present' released via Rock Action Records on June 30th.

We're extremely pleased to be to announce that our third album, entitled "Forgetting The Present" [rockact85cd], will be released through Rock Action Records on Monday June 30th on CD, double LP and digital download.

"Forgetting The Present" was recorded in December last year at Castle Of Doom Studios in Glasgow, produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Pre-order links will be coming next week, in the meantime we're premiering this stream of a new track from the album, entitled "Magnets", in advance of the release. We hope you enjoy it.

We'll be playing a very few select shows in the run up to the album's release:

Friday June 13th: GLASGOW, New Dennistoun Parish Church, 9 Armadale Road (presented by East End Social)
Friday June 27th: LIVERPOOL, The Kazimer Garden, 32 Seel Street (free entry!)
Saturday June 28th: LONDON, The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road
Sunday June 29th: NOTTINGHAM, The Chameleon Arts Cafe, 17A Angel Row

Dusseldorf - 10th October 2014

The first Mogwai tour date of the autumn:

New Fall Festival

10th October 2014, 8pm

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mogwai - Simon Ferocious [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

From Pitchfork:
Mogwai's Rave Tapes track "Simon Ferocious" just got a music video in which two skydivers plummet toward the Earth. Directed by Antony Crook, it's actually a lot more beautiful than it sounds, with sunsets, landscapes, and elegant aerial poses.

nyctaper recording - 9th May 2014

The estimable nyctaper crew have done it again - acidjack has just posted a recording of Mogwai's show at Terminal 5, New York on 9th May 2014.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Charity auction - Mogwai and related rarities

Colin Hardie, Mogwai's manager in the band's early years, is clearing out his record closet. The ebay auction benefits Accord Hospice.

Colin's posted some further info on the reasons behind the auction here:

Mogwai fans may be interested in the inclusion of:
Tuner/Lower 7” (RAR001)
Summer 7” (PUBE14)
1996 Tour Single 7”
Angels vs Aliens 7” (Che 61)
New Paths To Helicon 7” (WJ22)
R U Still In 2 It? 12” White Label (EYEUK037)
4 Satin EP 12” (Chem015)
Don’t Die Just Yet Remix 12” (GOBZPRO 6)
No Education=No Future 12” (Chem026)
Sweet Leaf 7” (NING 47)
You Stole The Sun From My Heart remix CDS
Mogwai Young Team – Japanese Issue CD (TFCK-87226)

alongside early Chemikal Underground releases from The Delgados, bis and Arab Strap and an Eska 7" which, if memory serves, comes with an insert specifically stating that Stuart Braithwaite didn't play the drums despite being the band's drummer at the time.

14 bids already...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ATP Iceland - 10th to 12th July 2014

Mogwai return to Iceland for the first time since 2001, playing ATP Iceland over the weekend of 10th-12th July 2014. The line-up looks great - Portishead, Interpol, Low, Slowdive, Shellac, Forest Swords, Liars for starters. And no Goat!

Mogwai must be playing either 10th or 11th July, as they're playing in Slovakia on 12th July.

Come On Die Young reissue - pre-order

The pre-order for Chemikal Underground's reissue of Mogwai's 'Come On Die Young' album is live for CD and 4xLP boxset:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mogwai remix Yann Tiersen

Via The Quietus

Mogwai remix of Yann Tiersen's '∞ (Infinity)' first single - 'A Midsummer Evening'. Yann Tiersen new album '∞ (Infinity)' will be released by Mute on May 19th in the UK (May 16th Germany/Australia, May 20th USA/Canada).

Monday, April 28, 2014

Recent John Cummings interviews

Les Revenants - SAY Award longlist

Delighted to find out that our Les Revenants soundtrack has been longlisted for this year's The SAY Award. There are some fantastic records nominated from the likes of CHVRCHES, Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro, Boards Of Canada, The Pastels, RM Hubbert, Camera Obscura, Edwyn Collins and many more. It's great company to be in and it's been an incredibly special year for Scottish music. You can see the full longlist here.

In further positive news, Mogwai's 'Rave Tapes' is currently the biggest-selling vinyl album released in the UK in 2014:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Touring update - Milan and Summer Sonic

Mogwai have confirmed two further summer dates:

7th July 2014 - Villa Arconati, Milan, Italy
Further info and ticket links:

17th August 2014 - Summer Sonic, Osaka, Japan
Further info and ticket links:

Additional snippets:
Martin rejoined the North American tour in Dallas on 23rd April.

The gigography has been extensively updated in the last 24 hours, but I can't find any setlist info for Albuquerque (21st April) or El Paso (22nd April). Help!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Twitter Q&A - Tues 15th April

Hiya, a bit of a cross-platform thing here: We'll be doing a Q&A over on Twitter (@mogwaiband) next Tuesday (15th April) between 1pm-2pm (PDT) ahead of our show in LA at the El Rey Theatre. If you want to submit questions then head over to Twitter and use the ‪#‎MogwaiTakeover‬ hashtag.

Update - mrsrf has kindly compiled the Q&A here:

Recent interviews

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vasto, Italy - 26th July

Mogwai headline Siren Festival in Vasto, Italy on Saturday 26th July 2014.

Thanks Markus.

North American tour starts today

Istanbul - June 2014

Mogwai have been added to the bill for One Love Festival, which takes place in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend of 14th/15th June 2014.

Come On Die Young - Deluxe Edition - 16th June

Finally, fifteen years after its original release and five years after preparations began on this version, Mogwai's 'Come On Die Young' is set for the reissue and boxset treatment.

As far as Chemikal Underground releases go, there are few, if any, that deserve the red carpet treatment more than Mogwai's dark masterpiece from 1999. A landmark release for the label, 'CODY' carved a path for us that we've strived to follow for nearly 20 years.

Official Press Release

Arriving in March 1999 with an album cover that referenced The Exorcist and a title scalped from a well-known Glasgow gang slogan, you’d have expected Mogwai’s ‘Come On Die Young’ to be an apocalypse-harbouring, pre-millennial assault on the senses.

Instead, we were treated to a darkly elegiac – surprisingly restrained – response to the aural fireworks of their ‘Young Team’ debut from two years earlier. Recorded and mixed at Dave Fridmann's Tarbox Road Studios in Upstate New York, ‘Come On Die Young’ begins with a sample of Iggy Pop eulogising the genius of punk rock and ends with a track entitled ‘Punk Rock/Puff Daddy/Antichrist’. This thoughtful and irreverent diptych would enclose an hour of music that was as beautiful as it was blistering and as poignant as it was unpredictable: preconceptions of what to expect from a Mogwai album, disassembled at a stroke.

‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains – a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would go on to characterise Mogwai’s future body of work.

This reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves – recognises the vital role the album played in Chemikal Underground’s own development as the label approaches its 20th anniversary in 2015. This deluxe edition of ‘Come On Die Young’ has been painstakingly assembled by band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material which includes:

• Previously unreleased takes from early Chem19 sessions of 'Waltz For Aidan’, ‘Christmas Steps’, ‘Rollerball’ and ‘7-25’ which would later feature on ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’.
• Seven remixed and remastered album tracks from the CAVA recording sessions which pre-dated the definitive recordings laid down at Tarbox.
• Two previously unreleased tracks ‘Satchel Panzer’ and ‘Spoon Test’.
• Rarities ‘Nick Drake’, ‘Hugh Dallas’ and the 3 track ‘Travels In Constants EP’.
• The original, previously unreleased version of ‘Helps Both Ways’.
• A1 ‘San Siro’ poster for Mogwai’s Barrowland Ballroom show from October ’99.
• Boxset includes 4 x 180gsm LPs featuring the original 2LP and 2LP of bonus material.
• Two Chem19 Demos are exclusive to the boxset: ‘Christmas Steps’ and ‘7-25’.
• Boxset includes a download code for all audio within the boxset.




“Sometimes 'CODY' is kind, sometimes it is cruel and at many times it is lovingly, leeringly abstract. Because this is Mogwai in full, frazzled, fantastic effect. Live fast. Play slow. Die Young.”


original double album

Punk Rock:
Helps Both Ways
Year 2000 Non-Compliant Cardia

Waltz For Aidan
May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door

Oh! How The Dogs Stack Up

Christmas Steps
Punk Rock/Puff Daddy/Antichrist

bonus material double album

Nick Drake
Waltz For Aidan (Chem19 Demo)
Christmas Steps (Chem19 Demo) - exclusive to boxset
Rollerball (Chem19 Demo)
7-25 (Chem19 Demo) - exclusive to boxset

Untitled (Travel In Constants EP)
Quiet Stereo Dee (Travel In Constants EP)
Arundel (Travel In Constants EP)

Cody (Cava Sessions)
Ex Cowboy (Cava Sessions)
Spoon Test (Cava Sessions)
Punk Rock: (Cava Sessions)

Helicon 2 (Cava Church Live)
Satchel Panzer (Cava Sessions)
Kappa (Cava Church Live)
Helps Both Ways (Original Version)
Hugh Dallas

Friday, April 4, 2014

Glastonbury and Rome

Mogwai have announced they're playing Glastonbury Festival (27th - 29th June 2014)

Tickets are on sale for a show in Rome on 25th July:

And there's an additional unconfirmed show in Milan on 7th July:
Further details on this one as they arrive.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Stuart on 'Spiderland'

Slint's 'Spiderland' album gets a deluxe reissue soon. Stuart spoke to Clash Magazine about the album and its influence on Mogwai's early records:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roskilde - 4th July

Mogwai return to Roskilde Festival in Denmark on 4th July 2014.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nimes webcast cancelled

Tonight's Mogwai show in Nimes was due to be webcast live by ARTE Concert. Sadly, the webcast has been cancelled "due to circumstances beyond our control".

Thanks Markus

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mogwai's stand-in drummer is...

..Jonny Scott, who made his debut behind the kit at tonight's show in Hamburg

Glasgow - 30th August and Nimes live stream

Mogwai have announced that they are headlining the East End Social event in Richmond Park, Glasgow on 30th August 2014. Tickets are on sale now.

Mogwai's show at Paloma, Nimes on 29th March will be streamed live by ARTE Concert. ARTE usually archives streams for 90 days at their website. Thanks Markus.

Martin sustains calf injury

Last night's Mogwai show in Copenhagen was shorter than usual due to a calf injury sustained by Martin Bulloch, necessitating spending yesterday in hospital in Copenhagen. Martin is apparently on crutches and "could be out the game for eight weeks"

Tonight's show in Hamburg is going ahead but with a replacement drummer, according to Martin's Twitter posts:

Get well soon, Martin.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stuart interview - Clash

Stuart was interviewed by Clash at the end of last week:

Stuart used the published excerpt to comment further on Mogwai's recording and release plans for 2014, including the Come On Die Young reissue, the Rave Tapes follow-up ep and the second series of Les Revenants.

Apparently the interview was part of a larger feature to be published soon.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cactus Festival - 14th July 2014

Mogwai play Cactus Festival in Brugge, Belgium on Monday 14th July 2014.

Thanks Jean-Paul.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dour Festival - 19th July 2014

Mogwai play Dour Festival in Dour, Belgium on Saturday 19th July 2014.

Thanks Jean-Paul.

Come On Die Young reissue - summer 2014

From today's Chemikal Underground mailout:

Oh yes, attempt to contain yourself but Mogwai's 1999 opus 'Come On Die Young' - arguably Chemikal's most iconic release - is finally getting the full reissue treatment and will be with you this summer.

Following hot on the heels of the band's amazing new album 'Rave Tapes', 'Come On Die Young' will be reissued as a 4LP boxset featuring the original double album alongside a further 2LP featuring seventeen (count 'em) additional tracks.

The hour and a half of bonus material includes previously unheard Chem19 and CAVA demos, tracks from their uber-rare 'Travel In Constants EP' and an unreleased track from the Chem19 demo sessions called '7-25' .

You'll be able to pre-order the reissue by the end of April, by which time we'll have the official tracklisting and every other piece of drool-worthy detail you could possibly be after.

Lyon - 6th July 2014 is reporting that Mogwai are playing Théâtre antique de Fourvière, Lyon, France on 6th July 2014. The venue is an ancient Roman amphitheatre, and the show is part of the Nuits de Fourvière running through June and July.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Further Mogwai 2014 festival dates

Confirmed in the last couple of days:

Friday 30th May: Bad Bonn Kilbi, Düdingen, Switzerland
Tip - go late and avoid Goat

Friday 18th July: Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
Headlining the BBC 6Music stage. Tip - go late and avoid Goat

Friday 15th August: Sonicmania, Makuhari Messe, Japan
Unbelievably, Kasabian appear to be headlining over Kraftwerk at this last event. At least that means an early night.
Update - seems Kraftwerk are headlining, thankfully.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Los Angeles - 17th April 2014

Mogwai play El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles on 17th April 2014.

As a result, the previously-announced show at Ace Of Spades, Sacramento has been moved to 13th April 2014.

In other tour news, Pye Corner Audio support Mogwai on their second brief European tour of 2014, starting in Gotherburg on 23rd March. Thanks Morten.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bažant Pohoda festival - 10th to 12th July 2014

Mogwai play Bažant Pohoda Festival in Trenčin, Slovakia. The festival runs from 10th - 12th July 2014. This will be Mogwai's first show in Slovakia.

Thanks Primož

Friday, February 7, 2014

Porto - 5th to 7th June 2014

Mogwai are amongst the line-up announced for Optimus Primavera Sound, which takes place in Porto, Portugal from 5th - 7th June 2014.

Mogwai play on 6th June.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Paris poster on sale

Online sales of the poster for Mogwai's show in Paris earlier this week started last night. It's available in three colourways from

Artist website:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mogwai - first play on John Peel's show - 1996 - audio

Many thanks to the numerous folks who've already taken the time to contribute to documenting Mogwai's 2014 tour dates in the gigography.

A week or so before the tour started, I was contacted by Matt Claridge with some memories of the first Mogwai show he saw. Read Matt's comments here: Stoke-On-Trent, 5th June 1997

Matt has also passed on a recording of Mogwai's first-ever appearance on BBC Radio 1. John Peel played 'Tuner' from Mogwai's debut single on 23rd February 1996.



Thanks Matt

The Skinny interview

From @theskinnymag:

Our new issue lands in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife & Dundee today; michty @MogwaiBand on the sleeve.
If anyone's able to pick up a copy of this for me, please get in touch. Thank you.

Update - the interview is now on The Skinny website:

Scotcampus has an interview with Rock Action label manager Craig Hargrave:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sacramento - 17th April 2014 - poster

No doubt there will be a series of great posters for Mogwai's upcoming North American tour. Here's the first of them, for the Sacramento show (17th April), designed by Jason Malmberg (decabet).

Thanks Jason.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sasquatch - 23rd May 2014

Stuart was interviewed by xfm last week. During the interview, he confirms that Mogwai are playing Sasquatch! Festival. The festival takes place over two weekends six weeks apart. Mogwai's North American tour itinerary puts them in the area for the first of those weekends, 23rd - 25th May. Shows in Portland (24th May) and Vancouver (25th May) mean they must be playing the opening day, Friday 23rd May.

Also worth a read - 13 Essential Mogwai Songs on Popmatters:

Rave Tapes working titles

That Steve Gullick photo of the working titles whiteboard in the studio - Stuart's ID'd some of them - thank you Stuart.
There are several which are bleedin' obvious but I've included them anyway.

Hexon Bogon - Hexon Bogon
Chapel - The Lord Is Out Of Control
Blang - unreleased
Mod 11
Mod 8
Ding - Die 1 Dislike!
Lady Assassin - Blues Hour
Come Back Two
Bad Magician 3 - Bad Magician 3
Bad Magician 4
Shaun Ryder Prison - unreleased
Master Card - Master Card
Security Wound - scrapped?
Juno Song - No Medicine For Regret
Jay Z - Remurdered
Mod 3
Mod 4

I think it says Security Wound, could be Security Would?

So that leaves the following not yet identified:
Heard About You Last Night
Simon Ferocious
Tell Everybody That I Love Them

And the following possible working titles:
Mod 11
Mod 8
Come Back Two
Bad Magician 4
Mod 3
Mod 4

UK and European tour poster - online sales

Limited quantities of John Powell-Jones's screen-printed poster for Mogwai's current UK and European tour are on sale via his web store:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Further Rave Tapes success

Mogwai have topped this week's Official Record Store Chart with their new album 'Rave Tapes'.

The album beat off competition from Warpaint and Bruce Springsteen to land the top spot.

Launched as part of Record Store Day, the Official Record Store Chart reflects sales in the UK's independent record shops. The chart is made up of sales of albums from around 100 independent record retailers who participate in Record Store Day UK.

Official Record Store Chart (November 24)

1. Mogwai – 'Rave Tapes'
2. Warpaint – 'Warpaint'
3. Bruce Springsteen – 'High Hopes'
4. Blitz Kids – 'The Good Youth'
5. Damien Jurado – 'Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Sun'
6. East India Youth – 'Total Strife Forever'
7. Arctic Monkeys - 'AM'
8. London Grammar - 'If You Wait'
9. John Grant – 'Pale Green Ghosts'
10. Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra – 'Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Best Kept Secret Festival - 21st June 2014

Mogwai play Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands on 21st June 2014. The line-up for the weekend includes Pixies, Belle & Sebastian, Chvrches, Nils Frahm (and Babyshambles, but we can't have everything).

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Primavera Sound - 31st May 2014

Perhaps the least surprising Mogwai announcement so far this year - they're playing Primavera Sound in Barcelona. The festival runs from 29th - 31st May 2014. Mogwai play 31st May.

Manchester poster - on sale now

Alex T. Frazer's poster for last night's Mogwai show in Manchester in on sale now via Richard Goodall Gallery and later via the artist's Etsy shop:

Manchester setlist here

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mogwai Whisky - ROCKACT81W - on sale tomorrow

To celebrate the release of Rave Tapes this week we're pleased to be able to announce in association with The Good Spirits Co. the launch of ROCKACT81W - our special bottling of a single cask 9yr old Glenallachie (57.1ABV).

Limited to 324 numbered bottles only, ROCKACT81W is priced at £55 and will be available from 10am on 28 January via The Good Spirits Company 23 Bath Street, Glasgow.

We'll be signing bottles on the 28th at the Good Spirits Co around 1pm ahead of the Royal Concert Hall show that evening.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Number 10 in the charts!

Rave Tapes entered the UK album chart at no.10 this week - Mogwai's first top ten record!


Congratulations to all concerned. Long overdue.

Your poem set to music by Mogwai?

From The Westmorland Gazette:
BUDDING poets in Cumbria have been asked to pen an ode to lift the lost village of Mardale Green from the bed of Haweswater and win the chance of a lifetime to have their work set to music by rock royalty Mogwai. The competition has been launched by CultureNL, a charity that runs North Lanarkshire Libraries, which has invited libraries in Cumbria and Gwnedd in Wales to take part in the event that centres on the theme of drowned villages - something common to all three areas.

Open until February 24, all entrants must be aged 14 or over and library members in one of the three regions. Entries can be emailed or handed in to libraries.

The best poem will be put to music by cult Scottish band Mogwai, which provided the much-acclaimed soundtrack for the recent Channel 4 drama The Returned - a ghost story based around a reservoir which had been created by drowning the local valley village.

The judging panel is Scotland’s national poet, Liz Lochhead and Nicky Wire, bassist in Manic Street Preachers. There is also to be a third regional judge representing Cumbria.

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite said: “The drowned village poetry competition really appealed to us on many levels. I think that inspiring people to write poetry is wonderful and the opportunity to accompany it with my music was too good to pass by. I also feel that supporting libraries is absolutely essential. They are vital for our communities and have to be cherished and protected.”
Further info:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Marc Riley session - BBC 6Music - 23rd Jan 2014

Mogwai were live in the studio for BBC 6Music's Marc Riley show this evening. Listen again here:

The Mogwai sets starts around 18:30 with a brief interview - seems a Juno 60 synthesizer was mislaid after the Newcastle show last night (setlist for that show here - thanks Andrew).

The second segment starts around 46:30, the third segment starts around 1:06:00

Songs played - Heard About You Last Night, The Lord Is Out Of Control, Remurdered

It's highly likely that a fourth track will have been recorded for broadcast on Gideon Coe's show later this evening:

Update - the fourth track was Master Card.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CCA Glasgow - 20th Jan 2014 - setlist

Mogwai played their first show of 2014 at Glasgow's CCA last night. The first nine tracks were radio-broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and can be heard here:

Mogwai played on after the radio broadcast finished. This final segment of the show included live debuts for No Medicine For Regret Simon Ferocious and Deesh, as well as the first airing of Take Me Somewhere Nice since 2006.

Full setlist here:

Thanks Andy and Kenny.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Rave Tapes streams and ordering info

Mogwai have a new album out on Monday 20th January, via Rock Action. It's called Rave Tapes.

It's out on Tuesday 21st January in North America, via Sub Pop.

UK - listen to the whole album here, and read Stuart's introduction:

Germany - listen here:

Belgium/France - listen here:

Japan - listen here:
The Japanese edition was released by Hostess Records on 15th Jan 2014 and includes two bonus tracks, Bad Magician 3 and Die 1 Dislike!, both of which are included on the Rave Tapes box set.

Rave Tapes has already been released in Australia:

The Rave Tapes box set includes the album on cassette. A limited number of these cassettes will also be on sale from the merch stand at Mogwai's forthcoming shows.

The box set is sold out via Mogwai's online store, but CD/LP/download can be purchased here:

The box set will be available via physical record stores from Monday 20th Jan. Rave Tapes is also released on LP (inc download) / CD / download. There's a UK-indies-only LP including a one-track bonus 7" ('Tell Everyone That I Love Them') - again, this track is included in the box set.

Mogwai have published a list of some online retailers who are selling the box set:
As noted, this is not an exhaustive list.

In North America, the album and box set can be ordered from Sub Pop

Signed copies of the album will be available from Monorail Records in Glasgow.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Blues Hour - Koreless remix

Koreless supports Mogwai in London on 24th Jan, and he's just remixed 'Blues Hour', from Mogwai's new album 'Rave Tapes'.

The remix can be streamed here:

Marc Riley session, BBC 6Music - 23rd Jan

In addition to Mogwai's previously-announced live show for BBC Radio Scotland (Monday 20th January), the band will also be in session for BBC 6Music's Marc Riley on Thursday 23rd January.

Rave Tapes reviews, interviews etc

What with 'Rave Tapes' being released next week, there's a raft of press around at present. Numerous links can be found on the Rave Tapes thread on the forum.

Thanks to Marco for the link to this Italian interview with Stuart:

Mogwai announce further North American tour dates


Following on from the announcement that we're playing Coachella this Spring, we're delighted to announce the addition of the following dates to the North American tour and that Majeure will be supporting on all North American dates.

11 - Hard Rock Live, Las Vegas, NV
12 - Coachella, Indio - SOLD OUT
15 - Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
17 - Ace of Spades, Sacramento
18 - Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
19 - Coachella, Indio - SOLD OUT
This is in addition to the extensive North American tour already announced. Full 2014 tour dates here or here

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stuart interviewed for The Sunday Herald

Summer 2014 plans:
Mogwai will embark on the festival circuit before writing music for series two of The Returned ahead of more touring in the autumn.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Glasgow - 20th Jan 2014



Monday 20th January 2014

Tickets: [available Monday 13th January 9am]

This show has limited capacity and will be broadcast live by Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Coachella - 12th and 19th April 2014

Mogwai are amongst the artists playing Coachella 2014, listed to perform on Saturday 12th April and Saturday 19th April.

The first of these dates is a full week before the US tour kicks off, so presumably further shows will be announced between 12th April and 19th April.