Scottish post-rock outfit Mogwai kicked off Manchester Albert Hall’s 10th-year anniversary celebrations in style, with two sold-out shows (this evening’s being added due to high demand from fans). This year marks the tenth year that the venue has been hosting live music, and in a poignant touch, rockers Mogwai returned to celebrate, having being the first band to ever grace the stage at the iconic venue.
Support came from American indie rockers Brainiac, who has been supporting Mogwai on their UK tour. The band formed in Ohio over twenty years ago and their music has been a major influence on many notable artists ranging from Muse to Death Cab for Cutie. The four-piece kicked off the proceedings marking their first tour since the release of their documentary which features the band’s journey since the tragic passing of founding member Timmy Taylor.
Fresh from appearing at London’s Garage which saw the start of a string of UK dates, the Glaswegian rockers received a very warm welcome from an enthusiastic Manchester audience. Forming nearly thirty years ago, the band has numerous accolades to their name, including a number one album two years ago ‘As The Love Continues’ which also marked the band’s 25th anniversary.
The band opened with ‘Boltfor’ from their latest album, a lengthy mainly instrumental piece that was set beautifully against the atmospheric stage setting. This was followed by ‘Jim Morrison’ which saw lead singer and multi instrumentalist Barry Burns who took to the piano and performed a stunning piece with minimalist vocals, driven by haunting guitar riffs from Stuart Braithwaite.
The audience was subdued and possibly in awe, as the band played a stellar set list, including songs from their immense back catalogue of over ten albums. The band continues their UK tour with support from Brainiac with another sold-out show at Albert Hall this evening, followed by dates in Leeds, Bath and beyond. Tickets are selling fast, with many venues sold out, so be quick and get a piece of the post-rock action, you will not regret it!
More information can be found here https://mogwai.scot