Aberdeen Performing Arts presents 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. This year's True North will take place between Friday 8 - Sunday 10 September 2017 and promises to be bigger and better. The event will feature gigs with a host of top names, upcoming talent along with panel discussions and workshops.
Plus support from Be Charlotte
His Majesty's Theatre
As one of the most exciting musical talents to come out of the UK, Laura has previously been nominated for the Mercury Prize, BBC Sound poll, the BRITs Critics Choice Award, two BRIT Awards in 2014 (British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act) and winning an incredible two MOBO’s in 2013 (Best Female and Best R&B/Soul).
Plus support from Best Girl Athlete
His Majesty's Theatre
The former Pulp guitarist and Longpigs member, twice nominated for a Mercury Prize and once for a Brit Award, performs an intimate acoustic set with his guitarist Shez Sheridan. During his solo career he has collaborated with Jarvis Cocker, Lisa Marie Presley, Arctic Monkeys and Paul Weller.
The Mercury Prize-nominee's charming lo-fi folk sound is inspired by the Glasgow-born artist’s fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. His debut album Architect (Fat Cat) is on the shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year Award.
The Lemon Tree
Join a panel of inspiring women from the music industry hosted by Scottish music journalist, DJ and broadcaster Nicola Meighan. The panel will include singer-songwriter and former Delgados’ member Emma Pollock, Louise Stanners from the Musicians’ Union and experienced music programmer, electro musician Sarah J Stanley (HQFU) and venue manager Jane Spiers. This event is delivered in partnership with 57 North
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 Septembe
The Anatomy Rooms, Marischal College
This workshop will be exclusively for female musicians, aged 16+. A unique opportunity for young emerging female songwriters to spend a weekend with two inspirational musicians led by multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan, who has worked with many industry’s leading names including Ed Sheeran and One Direction. She will be assisted by talented Irish singer-songwriter Kal Lavelle.
Plus support from Rick Redbeard
The Tivoli Theatre
To date, King Creosote has released more than 40 albums, and his collaborative album with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, was nominated for a Mercury Prize and Scottish Album of the Year Award.
Plus support from Stillhound
The Lemon Tree
Post-punk, dance and funk influences from the acclaimed Warp artist. She has toured in the UK and Europe and recently released her second studio album Hinterland. Her music references the northern post-punk sound of her native Manchester.
The Lemon Tree
Enjoy a set of performances from some talented musicians where young people can experience a gig without parents in a friendly, safe environment. Parents can drop their kids off and relax in our parent crèche at The Lemon Tree. There will be mini stalls for face painting, fake tattoos, freak shakes, floral headbands and more! Performances at the event will come from Bella And The Bear and Lizabett Russo.
His Majesty's Theatre
This specially curated concert will be a rare chance to hear Kate Bush songs in a live capacity, performed in an intimate, relaxed environment. Led by Emma Pollock, formerly of The Delgados and now a respected solo artist, the evening will be informal and spontaneous, with an element of storytelling as the audience hear what Kate Bush and her music means to the artists involved.
Artists Karthryn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Rachel Sermanni, Roddy Hart, Bdy_Prts, James Graham (Twilight Sad), Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow), Peter Brewis (Field Music) and Kathryn Williams will all perform their own personal favourites to honour her genius.
Plus support from Bossy Love
The Lemon Tree
Scottish two-piece that have supported Catfish and the Bottlemen, Belle and Sebastian and the Foo Fighters at Murrayfield Stadium in 2015.
Join us at the Acoustic Stage at the Maritime Museum to start each day of the weekend off at True North, these are free to attend.
Kid Canaveral | Saturday 24 September, 11am
Rick Redbeard | Sunday 25 September, 12.30pm
Saturday 24 September | 12.30pm - 5.45pm
A festival within a festival as True North takes over the bandstand on top of the St Nicholas Centre to bring local bands and acts from across the weekend.
Empty Sounds | 12.30pm - 1pm
The Harmonica Movement | 1.15pm - 1.45pm
The Popping Candies | 2pm - 2.30pm
The 101 | 2.45pm - 3.15pm
Stillhound | 3.45pm - 3.45pm
Best Girl Athlete | 4.30pm - 5pm
HQFU | 5.15pm - 5.45pm
Sunday 25 September | 12.30pm - 6.15pm
A specially curated series of gigs taking place in seven city centre bars, featuring festival artists and top local talent.
Lizabett Russo | Brewdog Castlegate | 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Daniel Mutch | Blackfriars | 1.30pm - 2.15pm
Colin Clyne | Illicit Still | 2.30pm - 3.15pm
Leanne Smith | The Stag | 3.15pm - 4pm
Craig Davidson | Brewdog Gallowgate | 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Jenny Sturgeon | Six Degrees North | 5.45pm - 6.15pm
Festival Pass (£90 inc. bf) All 7 headline concerts | Events marked "Festival Pass"
A songwriting masterclass, panel discussion, a festival for little ones and relaxed live music sessions are just some of the events that make up True North Fringe, events to complement the concert programme of True North which includes outdoor acoustic and urban acts, brunch sessions and a panel discussion led by music industry experts.
Phenomenal Women | Saturday 24 September
Join a panel of inspiring women from the music industry who will answer these questions and more, and share stories and experiences from their career. The discussion will be hosted by Scottish music journalist, DJ and broadcaster Nicola Meighan. The panel will include singer-songwriter and former Delgados’ member Emma Pollock, who is curating a concert at True North celebrating the life and music of Kate Bush; Louise Stanners from the Musicians’ Union; electro musician, artist and producer Sarah J Stanley (HQFU) and experienced music programmer and venue manager Jane Spiers who is chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts. Further panellists to be announced. This event is delivered in partnership with 57 North (57north.org)
Here Come the Girls | Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September
‘Here Come the Girls’ is a unique opportunity for young emerging female songwriters to spend a weekend with two inspirational musicians honing their craft and learning about the industry. The programme will be led by multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan, who has worked with many of the industry’s leading names including a recent venture with Ed Sheeran and One Direction. She will be assisted by talented Irish singer-songwriter Kal Lavelle who is seen as one of the UK’s most exciting new voices. Participants: This workshop will be exclusively for female musicians, aged 16+.
My First Gig ft. Bella and the Bear (Ages 9-12) | Sunday 25 September
Enjoy a set of performances from some talented musicians where young people can experience a gig without parents in a friendly, safe environment. Parents can drop their kids off and relax in our parent crèche at The Lemon Tree where there will be refreshments and entertainment safe in the knowledge their children are experiencing a music festival. There will be mini stalls for face painting, fake tattoos, freak shakes, floral headbands and more! Performances at the event will come from Bella And The Bear and Lizabett Russo.citing new voices.
Throughout the weekend you can sample our festival food at several True North venues and locations.
1906 restaurant at HMT - Tables can be booked at 1906 restaurant at HMT for our special Festival Menu
The Lemon Tree - Our delicious True North burritos can be purchased in the venue.
Outdoor Stage at St Nicholas Centre - An ice cream stall will be available through the day on Saturday 24th September.
Hotel offers are available Thursday to Sunday evenings across the duration of the festival along with the purchase of any True North ticket or pass. Bookings can be made by calling 01224 641122 or over the box office counter (available for online bookings shortly).
Copthorne Hotel: Standard room £55 per night one adult or £65 2 adults sharing B&B; Double twin £70 per night 2 people or £90 4 people B&B; Club room £75 per night one adult or £85 for two sharing B&B.
Skene Apartments Rosemount: One bedroom apartment (Sleeps two) - £65 per night B&B; Two bedroom apartment (Sleeps four) - £125 per night B&B; Three bedroom apartment (Sleeps six) £175 per night B&B.