Glasgow music mural unveiled ahead of preMOBO event

A Glasgow music inspired mural created by underground graffiti artist, Rogue One was officially unveiled by DJ and new music pioneer, Jim Gellatly today (Monday, 14th October 2013) at the  Barras Art and Design (BAaD) with a live performance from hip hop star, Gasp who features in the mural.

The 16ft x 10ft painting was created by Rogue One aka Bobby McNamara, took 14 hours to paint and used over 32 cans of spray-paint. The mural was created ahead of a one day free industry event to highlight urban culture and music influence in Scotland on Friday, 18th October at BAaD ahead of the 18th annual MOBO awards taking place at The Hydro.

Inspiration for the mural came after Rogue One put a call out on Facebook asking for Scottish artists to send across pictures for inclusion. His Celebrate MOBO mural features Brian Adams - better known by his stage name Gasp, a Glaswegian Hip Hop MC/wordsmith and founder of Badmouth Battles held in the o2 ABC, and Scotland producer/DJ Bunty Beats.

Designed to bring together hundreds of young people and music industry figures by the creator of the MOBO's Kanya King MBE and funded by Scottish Enterprise, Celebrate MOBO aims to take the passion and excitement surrounding the MOBO Awards to deliver a legacy for emerging Scottish talent.

On top of showcasing the best of the Scottish music scene, Celebrate MOBO will also provide an opportunity to gain insight into the creative industries, with live gaming demos from Grand Theft Auto V and FIFA 14, as well as interactive panel sessions with industry figureheads covering cutting edge topics within the music and digital industries.

Following the speaker sessions a live music and cultural showcase will begin at five pm including hip hop MC Gasp, MC and drummer duo Hector Bizerk, urban pop star Si Si Rae, and King Keytan who plays music through two Nintendo Gameboys described as ‘Spacerock’.

Speaking of the mural, Rogue One said: “The idea behind Celebrate MOBO is creative collaboration. Bringing together like-minded people who want to meet each other in the city.”

McNamara who will be undertaking a live street art battle at Celebrate MOBO continues: “I’m looking forward to listening to the bands and doing my street battle. Glasgow is the perfect city to host the MOBOS as the underground music scene is thriving.”

DJ Jim Gellatly, the Celebrate MOBO host said: “It’s really exciting that the MOBOs are back in Glasgow this year and the fact that we can herald the Scottish music scene with our legacy event, Celebrate MOBO is inspiring.

“There is lot of urban and R ‘N’ B music coming out of Glasgow right now with the likes of Scope, Hector Bizerk and Gasp, and Celebrate MOBO really gives the chance to celebrate all types of music and bring these talented people together. This event has a lot to offer and it’s a great platform for aspiring musicians and those in the creative industries to network and meet the right people.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: "As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the world's top music cities, which is why shows like the MOBO Awards want to come here.

"This year's show marks a milestone for the MOBO organisation as it celebrates its 18th anniversary and it's a milestone for the city too as MOBO will make history as the first live multi-artist show to be held at our magnificent new SSE Hydro arena.

"I'm delighted that through Celebrate MOBO we are building a positive legacy for the city, and Scotland, from the passion and excitement that surrounds this major event."

More information on Celebrate MOBO can be found online The one day free event will take place at The Barras Art and Design Centre on Friday, 18th October from 10am – 11pm.  Spaces to attend the event are limited. If you are interested to attending, please sign up with your e-mail address by visiting

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