True North is Aberdeen’s music festival - located at the heart of the city, the festival features the contemporary music industry’s most interesting, relevant and exciting artists.
Taking place each September, the festival featured a series of unique headline performances in city centre venues, a Fringe programme of free intimate gigs across the city, a chance to be inspired by our masterclass and discussion programme, an amazing gig for kids, and an opportunity to get up close and personal with festival artists.
Plus support from Bdy_Prts
His Majesty's Theatre
Public Service Broadcasting's uniquely spell-binding live AV transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.
Plus C.Macleod and & Hot Sauce DJs late night DJ set
The Lemon Tree
The Mercury Prize nominated boys of Wild Beasts aren’t concerned with being of the modern, or being of the renaissance, being baggy pantsed or being tight pantsed, being in a scene or being in a place, their music just is.
Special guest Richard Dawson
Make yourself familiar with cult Scottish rock band Arab Strap’s brand of storytelling and the singular musical vision that backs it up. Arab Strap blazed a trail for the kind of honest, colloquial songwriting that has become so common nowadays.
Manchester’s idiosyncratic art-popologists, Dutch Uncles, take their musical inspiration from Kate Bush's The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads, and East European techno.
Start to End: Fleetwood Mac
His Majesty's Theatre
Start to End headlined Saturday with their live band's interpretation of Fleetwood Mac's iconic album Rumours, the evening featured musicians from Pronto Mama, Fat-Suit, Admiral Fallow, plus special guests. With hits such as The Chain, Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way and Dreams, Rumours was an unforgettable night, paying homage to one of the greatest ever rock bands.
The Rumours special guests were Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Be Charlotte, Louis Abbott, Martha Ffion, Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits), Alice Marra, Sinderins and Sam West.
Plus support from Neon Waltz
The Lemon Tree
Pictish Trail brings his unique and hypnotic folk/electro act to The Lemon Tree for our True North After Party, following Rumours at HMT, with guest DJs on hand to keep the crowd going until the early hours.
The Lemon Tree | For ages 9-12
My First Gig is an opportunity for 9-12 year olds to experience their first ever live gig in a safe and supported, yet independent environment within The Lemon Tree. Our fully qualified Creative Learning team will be on hand to supervise whilst children enjoy the music from Be Charlotte and Findlay Napier, with face-painting, glitter tattoos, refreshments and much more also on offer.
The True North festival Fringe was a series of gigs and events to support the main programme and kept the festival vibe running through the whole weekend.
Friday 8 Sep, 12.30pm: The 101 and Popping Candies
Saturday 9 Sep, 12.30pm: Harmonica Movement and Robyn Davidson
Sunday 10 Sep, 12.30pm: The Deportees and Craig John Davidson
Saturday 9 Sep, 2pm | The Lemon Tree | Hosted alongside 57 Degrees North on how to break into the music industry.
Saturday 9 Sep, 2pm: Pictish Trail and The Great Bear
Sunday 10 Sep, 1pm: Neon Waltz and Willson Gray
Saturday 9 Sep, 5pm: Leanne Smith, Katie Mackie and The Sea Atlas
Sunday 10 Sep, 4pm: Willson Gray, The Great Bear and Findlay Napier
Friday 8 Sep, 5pm | The Lemon Tree
Saturday 9 Sep, 6pm | His Majesty's Theatre
Sunday 10 Sep, 6.30pm | The Tivoli Theatre
Friday 8 Sep, 7.30pm: Siobhan Wilson | The Blue Lamp
Sound Production Masterclass with Nick Turner (Watercolour Music) | Sat 9 & Sun 10 Sep | NESCOL | Ages 16-25,
Songwriting Masterclass with Findlay Napier | Saturday 9 Sep | NESCOL | Ages 14-18
Listen to our True North 2017 line up on SoundCloud