True North

On 25 - 27 September 2020, Aberdeen Performing Arts ran a digital version of the award-winning True North Music Festival . The festival ran with five exclusive performances from fabulous musicians who learned their craft in the North-east. All concerts are still available to view on the True North Facebook page.

Headlining the online bill was Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph who performed an exclusive solo set filmed in the historic, and empty, auditorium of the city's Music Hall. The acclaimed singer-songwriter, who grew up in Aberdeenshire, brought her ethereal, compelling sound-world to this beautiful setting for a genuinely one-off experience.

Adam Ross, frontman of indie-pop outfit Randolph's Leap, performed a show specially created for younger audiences recorded from his home in Laurencekirk and following in the footsteps of "My First Gig", a hugely popular fixture of past True North weekends.

"True North Introduces..." showcased three of the most exciting new artists emerging from the Granite City - 15-year old Aiysha Russell from Drumoak reached the final stages of The Voice Kids in 2019, Aberdonian singer Rachael Bisset opened the city's Hogmanay stage last year, and Scott Wallace was a finalist in the inaugural BBC Scotland Singer-Songwriter of the Year Award - who each performed a live streamed set during the weekend.

A True North photography exhibition, Live Music: Long May You Run, will run for a month from the 25th September for a month to remind us of how live music unites people and to look forward to the moment we can do it all over again.

All gigs will be available to view on the True North Facebook and Twitter pages with the exhibition on

True North Photography Exhibition - Live Music: Long May You Run

Music brings people together. It connects us to others and creates memories that will last a lifetime.  It drives our actions and emotions and influences a sense of unity in a way that very little else can.
Through Live Music: Long May You Run, we look back to happier times when True North connected us all and offers a reminder to the moment we can do it all over again. View the exhibition from the 25th September through

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About True North

True North is a music festival presented by Aberdeen Performing Arts. Using iconic city centre venues, True North is a fantastic opportunity to see the best bands and experience all that the North-east of Scotland has to offer. Previous acts to have played include Mogwai, The Twilight Sad, Richard Hawley, Laura Mvula, Tom Odell, Public Service Broadcasting, Glasvegas, The Magic Numbers, Fatherson, Self Esteem and many more.

True North also offers a platform to emerging talent through support slots and the Fringe events featuring free gigs over the weekend. There's also fun for the family with the popular My First Gig and workshops for budding musicians.

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