Interview: Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite on Last Big Weekend gig in Glasgow's East End

Saturday line-up includes Young Fathers, Honeyblood, Fuck Buttons and Swervedriver

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Interview: Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite on Last Big Weekend gig in Glasgow's East End

When you’re interviewing Stuart Braithwaite, wise and notoriously outspoken guitar player with Mogwai, about the summer that Glasgow’s just had, the first thing you want to know is what he thought of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. In which case, disappointment looms. ‘Do you know what? We were away, so I didn’t see it,’ he says. ‘I followed it online, but I don’t want to be unfair and talk about it just from that.’

Damn. Although if we were to take a guess, he might believe (as The List does) that the sound of young Scotland was to be found elsewhere in the city over the summer, at the small venues to the east of Glasgow Cross being used as part of the East End Social, rather than Celtic Park or Hampden. ‘I think it’s been brilliant,’ he says of the Social, which is curated by his band’s old label Chemikal Underground. ‘There were complaints about the cultural relevance of the music at the ceremonies, and the East End Social has picked up the slack in a lot of ways. They’ve put on lots of great events in interesting places.’

The core summer programme of East End Social events ends here, with a two-day festival on Richmond Park, with Mogwai headlining a rockier Saturday bill which also comprises locals The Twilight Sad, Young Fathers, Holy Mountain and Honeyblood alongside touring artists including Fuck Buttons and The Wedding Present. ‘I’m most looking forward to Swervedriver,’ says Braithwaite, ‘they were a band who we were all totally obsessed with. James Holden too. His album’s one of the best I’ve heard this year.’

Richmond Park, Glasgow, Sat 30 Aug

The East End Social's Last Big Weekend

The East End Social festival wraps up its inaugural programme with a two day musical extravaganza. Sat sees live performances from Mogwai, Fuck Buttons, James Holden, The Wedding Present, Young Fathers, Swervedriver and Holy Mountain. On Sun Optimo and Numbers take over with Hudson Mohawke, Jeff Mills, James Murphy…

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