Mogwai triumph at London show

The post-rockers also host huge and problematic aftershow bash

Mogwai celebrated the closing leg of their UK tour by playing a rare encore at London Hammersmith Apollo last night (October 24) – and then hosting a huge aftershow party.

Showcasing material spanning their entire career, the show included old favourites such as ‘Like Herod’ and 2006 Top 40 hit ‘Friend Of The Night’, as well as a clutch of songs from new LP ‘The Hawk Is Howling’, including latest single ‘Batcat’ .

The crowd were treated to ‘Helicon 1’ and ‘2 Rights Make 1 Wrong’ for the encore.

The band managed to perform three UK dates this month, following the dramatic cancellation of their North American tour in September.

As was reported on NME.COM, the band abruptly ended dates in Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Pontiac, Chicago and Minneapolis, due to complications with drummer Martin Bulloch’s pacemaker.

Mogwai‘s aftershow party for fans did not run so smoothly, however, with punters waiting outside of the Southwark venue The Arches as late as 1.30am, despite having paid for tickets in advance.

One fan told NME.COM: “It’s incredible to think that something that was planned so far in advance has turned out into a shambolic mess. I’m amazed that people have remained so orderly in the queue, considering how long we have been waiting here.”

During the aftershow party bassist Dominic Aitchison reflected on the night’s gig, saying that it was “amazing”.

“We always get a really great reaction from London crowds. I really enjoyed the gig to the point that I got a bit carried away. I could have played for longer than the encore to be honest.”

Asked as to why fans had to queue for so long to enter the aftershow party, Aitchison added: “That’s pretty bad. We’re sorry about that. It’s not been very well organised, but the band really didn’t have much involvement besides helping putting on the DJs.”

Mogwai played:


‘Friend Of The Night’


‘I Love You, I’m Going To Blow Up Your School’

‘Scotland’s Shame’

‘Christmas Steps’


‘I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead’

‘Hunted By A Freak’

‘Thank You Space Expert’

‘Like Herod’


‘Helicon 1’

‘2 Rights Make 1 Wrong’