Aberdeen Performing Arts today announced the launch of True North – Aberdeen’s festival of music and song – celebrating the North-east's singer songwriter tradition and providing a platform for the very best music and song, from ballads to contemporary classics.
Taking place from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September at The Lemon Tree, Music Hall and in various locations across Aberdeen’s city centre, the festival includes an evening celebrating the music of Neil Young in his 70th year featuring a lineup of top artists, a Songwriters’ Circle event, Late Night Festival Club sessions and a headline concert at the Music Hall featuring a - yet to be announced - award winning artist.
The full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, with the first events revealed including the opening concert from young Scottish act Fatherson; closing gig by Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat with Scottish Album of the Year Award finalist Kathryn Joseph; RM Hubbert hosting two late night sessions with special guests; an exploration of North East song with Wounded Knee; a stunning afternoon concert at Queen’s Cross Church with The Unthanks and Rachel Sermanni; and the 70th Birthday Celebration for Neil Young featuring Eddi Reader, Justin Currie, Admiral Fallow, Emma Pollock, Withered Hand, Tommy Reilly and Blue Rose Code, which has been curated and hosted by Roddy Hart and Lonesome Fire.
Ticket packages will be available across the weekend when tickets go on sale this Friday (June 12) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and in person at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre box offices.
Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Chief Executive Jane Spiers said: “Aberdeen and the North East has music in its heart and soul, this event will be an exciting celebration of contemporary songwriting and performance. We are thrilled that some of the country’s finest musical talent is already confirmed to play. We expect the demand for tickets to be high, and there will be more artists announced in the coming weeks."
Singer-songwriter and curator of the 70th Birthday Celebration for Neil Young, Roddy Hart said “I’m thrilled to be involved in the inaugural True North festival, which I hope will shine a spotlight on songwriters from all corners of our country. Scotland has such a rich tradition of song that continues to this day, and it’s exciting to be involved with something that celebrates both established singer/songwriters and emerging artists. I’m particularly happy to be curating the closing gala concert at the Music Hall, which will pay tribute to the work of Neil Young ahead of his 70th birthday. We have a stellar line up of Scottish acts (plus a few artists from farther afield) coming to doff their caps to one of the most iconic songwriters of our time and perform some of his best known work. It promises to be a truly special curtain closer for what will be a fantastic new festival.”
Further details around artists and ticketing will be available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth.