For every board sold, £5 goes towards the GUSM74 skate park project in Glasgow, a new park in the Port Eglinton area of the city that will, according to the press release, provide an “aesthetically intriguing public space creatively designed with artists to encourage radical urban sports including skateboarding, BMX and free-running”.
Describing how the collaboration occurred, Sibs Roberts of Focus said: “We reached our 14th year in business last month, and each year we like to mark it with something special that we can look back on with pride: this project with Mogwai definitely fulfils that criteria. Being a fan of Mogwai’s music and knowing [band guitarist] Stuart [Braithwaite]’s love of skateboarding, I suggested the idea over a number of off the cuff emails, and here we are. Hopefully people will be as stoked on this as we are.”
Mogwai will mark their 20th anniversary this summer with a series of shows at London’s Roundhouse. The ATP-promoted gigs will run through June and July, seeing the band themselves playing two shows, as well as headline gigs from four others that have inspired the group over the years.
Mogwai will headline nights on June 24 and 25, supported by experimental punk band Prolapse at the first gig and electronic producer Forest Swords at the latter. Public Enemy will perform on June 27, Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA will headline on June 28, Canadian post-rockers Godspeed You Black Emperor will play on June 30 and The Jesus And Mary Chain will close the series on July 5.
The full ‘Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mogwai: An ATP Season at the Roundhouse’ schedule is as follows:
Mogwai and Prolapse (June 24)
Mogwai and Forest Swords (25)
Public Enemy (27)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (30)
The Jesus And Mary Chain (July 5)