Portishead’s Geoff Barrow invites Mogwai to play Colston Hall’s opening celebrations
Scottish sonic noise architects Mogwai have been announced as the perfect headliners for Invada Invasion at Colston Hall on 26 September.
As part of Colston Hall’s celebrations to open our £20million new foyer, Invada, the label run by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, have been invited to stage a one day takeover of the venue. “There’s going to be lots of amazing noise and interesting things to stare at,” says Barrow, who promises to make the event “like a mini festival.”
Named the Invada Invasion, the event will see Invada storming each of the venue’s three performance spaces with a winning line-up culled from the labels own roster and some like-minded individuals. Representing Invada are Malakai, Joe Volk, Team Brick, Rosie Red Rash, Fuzz Against Junk, Gonga and Thought Forms plus a very special, one-off collaboration between neo-prog heroes Crippled Black Phoenix and Bristol string section The Emerald Ensemble with arrangements by Ben Salisbury and Elizabeth Purnell. Salisbury has also contributed orchestral arrangements for Joe Volk.
Representing the label’s friends are local boys done good and all-round noise terrorists Fuck Buttons, who last played for Barrow at the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in 2007. Adding to the eclectic bill are Zu and Zun Zun Egui with more acts to be announced. DJs for the evening include Malakai DJs and Grumpyman.
In addition to the live performances there’ll be a high visual element to proceedings with special projections for the main hall acts by AV artist John Minton. The arty aspects will centre around a specially commissioned exhibition presented by Friend & Co, the Bristol-based underground art gallery and creative platform founded by Barrow and Tom Friend. The showcase will feature the work of Mr Jago, Byroglyphics, China Mike, Acerone, Mudwig, Asbestos, Paris, Eco, 45RPM and more TBA.
The Invada Invasion is the climax of a full week of events celebrating the £20m launch of the new foyer. Including a Jazz Fest, Bristol’s Comedy Gala, ‘Nature's Great Events’ narrated by Sir David Attenborough ‘and a special orchestral performance from Roni Size, but Invada’s promises to be the most raucous of all.
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