57° North and the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), alongside Comprende Records and Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) are proud to announce the inaugural Independent Record Label Market event in Aberdeen.
Taking place at one of the city’s key music venues, The Lemon Tree, on Saturday 15 November, the market will see some of Scotland’s best independent record labels gather to sell their wares, all under one roof.
From Glasgow’s Chemikal Underground and Olive Grove, through Edinburgh’s Song, by Toad and Eigg’s Lost Map, to the best of the North East such as Fat Hippy and Tuff Wax, the market will provide a unique opportunity to buy some fantastic music, directly from the people who run the labels.
The event will also feature DJ sets, a bar for refreshments, and a few surprises. A full line-up of the day’s events will be released shortly.
57° North’s John Anderson: “The closure of much-loved record shop One-Up left a huge hole in the region’s music scene, so we’re delighted to be working with the SMIA and APA to give people the chance to buy their music ‘over-the-counter’ again, in the kind of social atmosphere we’ve all been missing”.
Caroline Cooper of SMIA: ‘Having worked on label fairs in Glasgow and Edinburgh over the past couple of years we are delighted to be involved with bringing the label market to Aberdeen. It’s incredibly important for the SMIA to have a presence all over Scotland and the lack of record stores in the city make Aberdeen the perfect choice. We hope many of you will come to get to know us and the labels taking part a bit better and, of course, buy some music. We’re looking forward to see you all on the 15thof November.”
Steven Milne (The Lemon Tree/APA):
“We’re really looking forward to the upcoming Label Market event being at the Lemon Tree – since One Up’s closing it’s something we’ve always thought would work really well in Aberdeen, and particularly in the Lemon Tree space. It’s going to be a great chance for Aberdeen music lovers to pick up new music from a lot of the best Scottish labels who are coming up for the day. Furthermore, it’ll be great for the local music scene as many local labels and acts will have a presence there to to sell their material. It’s something a bit different for the venue, but these kind of events are really exciting and we’re expecting the event to be very well attended and received.”
Jim Ewen (Comprende Records):
“I went to a small label market last year on my travels and felt that our own music scene was ripe for hosting something similar. We quickly pricked the ears of the wider national music scene and industry and it’s always good to have them turn their focus on Aberdeen. Support has been great, so we are looking forward to exploring new partnerships and events.”
Confirmed list of labels:
Song, by Toad
Olive Grove Records
Lost Map Records
A Modern Way
Fat Hippy Records
Black Lake Records
Cool Your Jets
& more TBC
57º North: 57north.org
57º North is the online music hub for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, providing everything music-lovers could want in one place.
The site features the region's only comprehensive gig guide, news, reviews, interviews and a resources section.
The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA): smia.org.uk
The SMIA exists to strengthen and champion the Scottish music industry.
APA/The Lemon Tree: aberdeenperformingarts.com/venues/the-lemon-tree
Aberdeen Performing Arts manages three of Aberdeen’s premier entertainments venues and a busy box office selling tickets for venues across Scotland.
Comprende Records: http://www.comprenderecords.org.uk/
Comprende Records is a new label based between Aberdeen and Islay which aims to support sound artists, experimental composers and musicians by providing a new releasing platform for the sonic arts.