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For four nights, from 8-11 February 2018, SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s award winning and stunning Festival of Light, will return to brighten up the winter evenings in Aberdeen's city centre.
CYMBALS is Dan, Jack, Neil and Luke. Some of them have played in bands before, but this one is different – it’s sort of a romantic thing, some kind of chemistry that makes the songs what they are.
All based in the greater Reykjavík area, ADHD is a four-piece band that consists of four old friends and colleagues. The four of them have been working together in various projects and bands for more than a decade.
The bands hallmark splicing of electronic and acoustic elements and layered sounds has earned them comparisons to the likes of Sigur Rós, Bon Iver, The National and London Grammar. In May 2017 the band released their much anticipated debut album, ‘Aetherlight’ via CRC Music.
Tonik Ensemble is the musical output of Icelander Anton Kaldal Ágústsson. Exploring the vast expanse of the electronic spectrum the soundscape is a mix of electronics and the more organic live instruments.
This music remains distinctively ORKA, while ushering in an exciting new twist in their sound, morphing into hardened, cathartic techno with a neanderthal sense of pace!
Over the last 3 years Wrangler have toured across the UK, Europe and Japan and recently played at the Royal Albert Hall as special guests of John Grant (15th June, 2016).
Alien Lullabies – Fiona Soe Paing
Alien Lullabies is a dark and mesmerizing audiovisual performance, combining Fiona Soe Paing’s music and live vocals with projected animation, to evolve into a surreal live gig/cinema hybrid.
James Orvis LIVE
James’ new musical engagement bears more emphasis on the live and energetic aspects of electronic music.
After years of solo tours, bad record deals and the odd single means Dave O’Grady spent the last 15 years practicing his craft as an apprentice songwriter, now comes the time for his first offering of songs.
A singer songwriter from the south of England, and a purveyor of curious sounds and ethereal melodies.
Mental Overdrive LIVE
A variation of dancefloor friendly beats on imprints such as Smalltown Supersound, Discfunction, Full Pupp, Ploink, Music Man and his own Love OD Communications.
Hidden Orchestra’s eagerly anticipated third album, ‘Dawn Chorus’ (out 16t h June) is a highly personal, intricate and unique work from producer and composer Joe Acheson!
Cler Lever (DJ)
Cler secured the opening set at Creamfields that year, warming up for Mark Ronson and becoming the first female DJ in history to play on the main stage!
Following the disbandment of The Delgados in 2005, the band Emma co-founded with her three fellow Chemikal Underground starter-uppers (Paul Savage, Alun Woodward, Stewart Henderson), Emma released her solo debut “Watch The Fireworks” on 4AD. Returning to Chemikal for her next solo outing “The Law of Large Numbers” in 2010, Emma picked up more plaudits and acclaim for her unique brand of lavishly lyrical songwriting.
Sykur has long been a shimmering beacon in Iceland’s galaxy of electronic music.
Wyles & Simpson
Electronic duo Wyles & Simpson explore visceral themes such as Impermanence and Metamorphosis.
Plaid sit right at the very heart of global electronica.
This is Lindstrøm in the zone—and if you’ve been paying close attention over the last decade, it’s a zone he’s never left.
Science of the Lamps
band perfect for festivals and encompassing all that is music, storytelling, art, creative flair, melancholy and silliness!
Emilio Pinchi is a 23 year old human being living in Liverpool. His music is ‘direct, hard hitting, witty, sarcastic, and full of self-deprecation’ (DervSwerve).
Steve Cobby (DJ)
Steve Cobby is a British producer musician, composer, and DJ, based in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire. He is best known for being part of Fila Brazillia.
Aberdeen Jazz Festival
This 2018 programme includes a headline concert at His Majesty’s Theatre, and concerts at Queens Cross Church, The Lemon Tree, The Blue Lamp, and Carmelite, as well as the highly popular multiple stage city centre event, Jazz On The Green!
May Festival is a vibrant melting pot of creativity, culture and learning, brought to you by the University of Aberdeen!
Look Again Festival
Aberdeen's festival of contemporary visual art & design. 2018 promises another unmissable programme of exhibitions, public art installations, workshops, talks and events!
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival celebrates Scotland’s rich cultural and maritime heritage with a range of events taking place over its two-day long festival!
Aberdeen International Youth Festival
Aberdeen International Youth Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of youth arts in the world! 2018 will welcome a rich and diverse range of performances, productions and projects bringing together young performing artists from across the globe.
Local artists and makers will open their studios to the public. Festival visitors are invited to a unique opportunity to see creative juices flowing.
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.
Running over three weekends in October and embracing a broad programme of contemporary dance, performance and live art that celebrates creativity, diversity and experimentation within the framework of a dynamic programme of movement, dance and visual performance.
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