Mogwai – Brixton Academy – 15th December 2017 (+ Morrisey & Marshall – Anna’s House – 16th Dec)

It’s been far too long since I went to a gig with Oz so we decided to squeeze one in before the year was out. His contact got us tickets with access to the posh upstairs VIP area for Mogwai – what’s not to like.

I met him earlier in the day at Nik’s, who Oz was at Leeds Uni with many moons ago. Nik runs cookery lessons as the Spice Monkey and Oz had joined the other 7 participants on a days Vegan course. I was lucky enough to mop up what was left – gorgeous stuff! This fabulous photo was on the wall…..

The 3 of us headed to Brixton and had a drink in the wonderful Pop Brixton – made from Containers and full of food and drink stalls – like an English Blade Runner. We also explored the arcade and markets – so full of energy and life.

The Academy was packed for Mogwai – glad to see that such an uncommercial guitar band can pull such a crowd. We watched from the side of the stage for a while – I had my back-pack with me so couldn’t really head into the crowd, so we retreated to the upstairs VIP bar.

The view from upstairs was great – the power of their sound was quite breathtaking with ‘Old Poisons’ taking the biscuit

Probably a sign of the times that we ditched the after show party t so we could get home by midnight…..and talk records over a G+T of course…..

Saturday had Oz in tourguide mode. We took his boy Noah round Shoreditch, went to the Rough Trade Shop, a lovely pub under threat of redevelopment, then off to the Heavenly Social, and for a final pint near the BBC’s broadcasting house before I had to be off……

….for Dave Reed’s secret 60’s organised by Darlene at Anna’s house – he didn’t have a clue. Must’ve been a hundred or more there with fab food, a fire in the back and live music from Morrissey & Marshall (with added vocals from RowD Beats). What a top weekend!

Bob the Chiropodist

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