Toyah to help recreate Student Union glory days at Lemon Tree

Toyah to help recreate Student Union glory days at Lemon Tree

Aberdeen’s University Union, which once stood at the corner of Gallowgate/Kirkgate, may have disappeared from the city landscape 10 years ago – but its spirit lives on.

And the Union’s glory days will be celebrated at re:Union  in The Lemon Tree on Saturday, August 17, with a fabulous line-up including iconic punk princess Toyah Willcox, Ultravox’s Midge Ure and Union favourites Blues ‘n Trouble.

Tickets for the hottest gig of the summer go on sale this Friday (June 21) online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

All the profits will be donated to the Aberdeen Student Charities Campaign.

"This is a night for anyone who has ever eaten a pie in the Dungeon or bought a ticket from Union Travel,” said one of the organisers Karen Grayburn. “Perhaps you’re old enough to have listened to a record in the Hosie Room, or maybe young enough to have drunk at Sivells?

“For one-night only on Saturday, August 17, these Union favourites will be resurrected at the Lemon Tree, with a line-up including Midge Ure, Toyah Willcox, and Blues ‘n Trouble, as well as an 80s disco mixed by DJ Ayres.”

One of Britain’s iconic household names, Toyah is an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer, with 13 top 40 singles, 20 albums, two books, over 40 stage plays, 10 feature films and several television programmes to her credit.

Made an OBE in 2005 for services to music and charity, Midge Ure’s career spans more than four decades, and he has played in a string of famed bands including Slik, Thin Lizzy, The Rich Kids, and Visage, and most notably Ultravox.

He is renowned for co-organising Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof and co-wrote and produced the charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? which sold 3.7m copies in the UK.

Once described by BB King as the best white blues band in the world, Blues’n’Trouble played at the University Union back in 1986, fronted by Tim Elliott who still heads up the band today.

Re:Union will be Brooklyn DJ Ayres’ first gig in Aberdeen and he will be re-creating the Neill Lounge Disco, a favourite haunt at the Union throughout the 80s.

Posted on Thursday 20 June

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