Star-studded Scottish pop celebration tops the bill as True North festival line-up revealed

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Star-studded Scottish pop celebration tops the bill as True North festival line-up revealed

Star-studded Scottish pop celebration tops the bill as True North festival line-up revealed

Aberdeen’s award-winning music festival True North has today announced the full festival line-up for 2019 which includes a specially curated concert celebrating the very best of Scottish pop music as well as an array of thrilling artists performing across the city.

Rip it Up Live – A Celebration of Scottish Pop, which takes place as part of a weekend of extraordinary music from September 19-22 in Aberdeen, will be staged for a one-off performance at the Music Hall on Sunday, September 22. It has been commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts for True North and will be curated and hosted by BBC broadcaster Vic Galloway. Guest singers will include Claire Grogan of Altered Images, King Creosote, Emma Pollock from The Delgados, Richard Jobson of The Skids, Fay Fyfe and Eugene Reynolds of The Rezillos, Aberdeen’s own Kathryn Joseph, Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale, C Duncan, and Ross Leighton (Fatherson)   performing some of their favourite songs from seven decades of Scottish pop.

Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Cultural Programme Manager Steven Milne said: “The Rip it Up exhibition was widely recognised as a triumphant celebration of Scotland’s contemporary musical landscape, showing how a country as small as Scotland has managed to produce a constant stream of great musicians over the last seven decades.

“We felt this was an ideal platform for True North to create a unique showcase of the musical culture of the nation over more than half a century, from influential indie pioneers to global superstars. When it comes to the Scottish music scene there’s no one better qualified than Vic Galloway to pull this together so he is the perfect curator for the event; he has created an amazing line up.”

Vic Galloway commented: "Being involved in the 'Rip It Up - The Story of Scottish Pop' exhibition, book, TV and Radio Series was such a pleasure and an honour for me in 2018. The reaction at home and abroad was astonishing, and just showed how many talented musicians this country has created over the years. Taking the concept onstage as a LIVE concert at 'True North' adds a whole new dimension. With names from the past, present and future of Scottish Pop; it's going to be a unique, one-off event celebrating seven decades of homegrown music at the festival. I cannot wait to share it all with festival goers from both near and far!"

The remainder of the weekend will see some of the most exciting and talented artists in the country descending on Aberdeen with gigs taking place at the Music Hall, Lemon Tree, and Tivoli, as well as Fringe events in various locations across the city. 

Scottish indie rockers The Twilight Sad will be taking to the Music Hall stage as Saturday headliners, joined by special guests Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert. Tickets are already on sale for a band riding high off the back of support slots with The Cure, who namecheck The Twilight Sad as one of their favourite bands.

True North will open on Thursday, September 19 at the Lemon Tree with critically acclaimed London punk band Shame. The London five piece have swiftly earned a reputation as one of the most visceral and exhilarating live bands in the UK and are sure to raise the roof at the Lemon Tree, kicking off True North in style. Support comes in the form of Glasgow 4-piece indie-rock outfit Rascalton, who will be opening the festival, and DJ Retrospectre.

The historic surroundings of Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre will again host a festival gig this year. Friday night’s headline event will feature former guitarist and co-founder of The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones. Now a singer-songwriter, producer and composer in his own right, he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in UK music including Arctic Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets, Blur’s Graham Coxon and Paloma Faith.

Also on the bill at the Tivoli on Friday night are Neon Waltz, who were favourites when they performed at True North in 2017 and return off the back of a huge UK tour in 2018, and supporting Noel Gallagher at an open air gig in Inverness earlier this month. Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Martha Ffion completes the Friday night Tivoli line-up.

Festival-goers can rock the night away with three late night gigs at the Lemon Tree featuring American singer-songwriter BC Camplight, with special guests The Ninth Wave along with a DJ set from Vic Galloway (Friday, September 20), Self Esteem and Free Love with All Night Passion DJs (Saturday, September 21) before electro afro-funk band Ibibio Sound Machine bring the perfect party atmosphere to close the festival in style on Sunday night.

In addition, there will be three special informal performances in the new Big Sky Studio at the Music Hall. Starting on Friday with a performance by the very best of emerging local talent from Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Project Band programme, and then on Saturday and Sunday there are two performances selected by that evening’s main stage artists. On Saturday, The Twilight Sad has picked Glasgow singer-songwriter Michael Timmons and on Sunday Vic Galloway has chosen indie rock outfit Savage Mansion. The early evening performances are free with the purchase of a ticket for any other True North event.

Ben Torrie, Aberdeen Performing Arts’ Director of Programming and Creative Projects added: “In just four years, True North has evolved from a simple idea to celebrate great song-writing into an award-winning music festival which is locally and nationally recognised as a first-class example of a city-centre, multi-venue event.

“With this year’s line-up, we have presented a snapshot of some of the most electrifying musicians on the contemporary music scene, a celebration of our nation’s pop music past and future, and will bring the city to life with great music.

“It’s going to be an amazing weekend for music fans from far and near, and a great excuse to travel to the city for the weekend and explore all it has to offer.”

Further details of the True North Fringe and a special programme of family and children’s events will be announced in the coming weeks, including the hugely popular My First Gig’.

Tickets for all shows go on sale on Thursday, June 13 to APA friends, and general sale on Friday, June 14. Festival passes are also available at a cost of £30 for a day pass (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), or £95 for the whole weekend which includes tickets for all the concerts mentioned above. For tickets or further information visit, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre or the Lemon Tree.