The nice people at Cargo publishing asked if I’d like to read some poems at the Arches in Glasgow. I said yes. There is a great line-up of readers, bands, djs and it sounds like The List will be doing what it does best. Throwing a great party. So, if you happen to be in Glasgow on Friday the 22nd come say hi. I’ll be reading around 9pm but check below for all the hot details. My set is minor compared for the planned extravaganza!

List party

Event celebrates 25th anniversary of The List Magazine

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster for The List: 25 Years.

The List: 25 Years

Bands / DJs / Spoken Word
The Arches, Glasgow, Fri 22 Oct 2010

The List goes live! After 25 years we’ve decided to put on our own event … and it’s been worth the wait. We’re taking over The Arches for one Friday night only, showcasing the best of Scottish culture, including many of our favourite bands, DJs and writers. The line-up so far:


King Creosote
Den Haan
Come on Gang!


RM Hubbert
Human Don’t Be Angry (Malcolm Middleton)
Graeme Ronald (Remember Remember)
Alasdair Roberts
Adam Stafford


JG Wilkes (Optimo/Sub Club)
Kris Wasabi (Wasabi Disco)
Joe Howe (Ben Butler & Mousepad)
Pretty Ugly DJs

Spoken Word (curated by Cargo Publishing)

Christopher Brookmyre
Ewan Morrison
Ryan Van Winkle
Sophie Cooke
Robin Cairns
Jenny Lindsay
Andrew Raymond Drennan
Anneliese Mackintosh
Tawona Sithole
Allan Wilson

Check back here for more details, or on The List Facebook page or on Twitter.

Tickets are £12 and can be bought via Ticketmaster from The Arches

Their music is instrumental, electronic, ambitious, exploratory and excellent. And it gets on the radio too. Releasing records through Mogwai’s Rock Action label, they’ve been carving out a reputation over the last 4 years as a great live spectacle, thanks to some great live shows, including a tour support slot with Underworld. It’s a reputation reinforced by the material from their storming second album Come Down With Me.

King Creosote
Kenny Anderson has earned himself the status as a lynchpin of the Scottish music scene. Alongside his fellow label-running crew, rather than go out to hammer away at the doors of a pre-existent ‘scene’ or industry, The Fence Collective created their own. With all this on his CV, it’s easy to forget that he also makes music. Well, he does, and it’s great.

Den Haan
Optimo-approved cosmic electronica from Glasgow. Andrew Gardiner and Matthew Aldworth are a couple of adventurous creative minds aspiring to produce innovative and unique dance music. Their debut album Gods From Outer Space is due out later this year.

Human Don’t Be Angry
Malcolm Middleton recently debuted his spellbinding solo project at Fence’s Away Game festival, and The List has been hooked on Malc’s newly obtuse, noodling guitar work ever since. He has commented that it’s difficult to avoid doing a slow head-shake like Knopfler on those suspended guitar notes.

Wasabi Disco
Kris Wasabi’s club night is a regular fixture at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, giving the capital a monthly shot of weekend electro-disco. Kris cut his teeth DJ-ing with electronic outfit xvectors and DJ duo Optimo, and is expected to showcase his expertly eclectic style.

JG Wilkes (Optimo/Sub Club)
One half of the legendary Optimo team, JG Wilkes has been loving your ears for over a decade. Having concluded Optimo (Espacio)’s fruitful Sub Club residency, the pair have continued developing their brand, with the Rizla Riverboat Shuffle, a string of international tour dates and new Sub Club night Hung Up! counting as just a few of their successes. Expect a diverse range of tunes, all of which will get your body and mind moving.

Alasdair Roberts
The man formerly known as Appendix Out is one of Scotland finest folk musicians, who’s best recognised these days for taking traditional songs and infusing them with his own twisted mythology. Listen out for bawdy ballads from latest album Too Long In This Condition, or indeed more morbid fare from death ballads album No Earthly Man.

Come on Gang!
Since drummer/singer Sarah Tanat-Jones appeared beaming on our cover back in February we’ve been firmly fixated CoG! fans, and were particularly buoyed by the recent release of their excellent ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ single.

Graeme Ronald
Graeme Ronald, who records as Remember Remember, released his self-titled debut album in 2008 – a tremendously lovely mix of looping samples and twinkling instrumentation. New EP ‘RR Scorpii’ is released on Rock Action, 1 Nov. The EP launch party is at Stereo, Glasgow on Fri 5 Nov and will feature a newly formed seven-piece band. He plays solo for us.

RM Hubbert
Not since Extreme slapped their way through ‘More Than Words’ have a guitar’s percussive abilities been more ably demonstrated. Glasgow’s Hubbert – guitar virtuoso, bleak-banter peddler, creator of the ‘will play for food’ scheme – captured our hearts with his fancy fretwork on debut LP First & Last.

Joe Howe
Synthesizer maestro, proud geek and prolific to boot, Joe Howe not only plays a part in Gay Against You, Germlin and Ben Butler and Mousepad, he also found the time to collaborate with alt-pop legend Momus (album title: Joemus – of course). Expect the best-sounding synth music you’ve never heard before and whatever else he damn well feels like.