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Start 8 Feb 20:00
Cymbals

Cymbals

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. 

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 8 Feb 21:00
ADHD

ADHD

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.

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 8 Feb 22:00
Mt. Wolf

Mt. Wolf

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.

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 9 Feb 20:00
Tonik Ensemble

Tonik Ensemble

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.

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 9 Feb 21:00
Orka

Orka

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!

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 9 Feb 22:00
Wrangler

Wrangler

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).

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 9 Feb 23:15
Alien Lullabies – Fiona Soe Paing

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.

Location: The Tunnels, Aberdeen

Start 10 Feb
James Orvis LIVE

James Orvis LIVE

James’ new musical engagement bears more emphasis on the live and energetic aspects of electronic music.

Location: Unit 51, Aberdeen

Start 10 Feb
Seafoam Green

Seafoam Green

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. 

Location: The Tunnels, Aberdeen

Start 10 Feb
BRUCH

BRUCH

A singer songwriter from the south of England, and a purveyor of curious sounds and ethereal melodies. 

Location: The Tunnels, Aberdeen

Start 10 Feb 01:00
Mental Overdrive LIVE

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.

Location: The Tunnels, Aberdeen

Start 10 Feb 22:00
Hidden Orchestra

Hidden Orchestra

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!

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 10 Feb 22:30
Cler Lever (DJ)

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!

Location: Unit 51, Aberdeen

Start 10 Feb 23:00
Emma Pollock

Emma Pollock

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.

Location: The Tunnels, Aberdeen

Start 11 Feb 20:00
Sykur

Sykur

Sykur has long been a shimmering beacon in Iceland’s galaxy of electronic music.

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 11 Feb 21:00
Wyles & Simpson

Wyles & Simpson

Electronic duo Wyles & Simpson explore visceral themes such as Impermanence and Metamorphosis.

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 11 Feb 22:00
Plaid

Plaid

Plaid sit right at the very heart of global electronica. 

Location: The Assembly, Aberdeen

Start 11 Feb 23:00
Lindstrøm LIVE

Lindstrøm LIVE

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.

Location: Unit 51, Aberdeen

Start 11 Feb 23:00
Science of the Lamps

Science of the Lamps

 band perfect for festivals and encompassing all that is music, storytelling, art, creative flair, melancholy and silliness!

Location: The Tunnels, Aberdeen

Start 11 Feb 23:00
Emilio Pinchi

Emilio Pinchi

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).

Location: The Tunnels, Aberdeen

Start 11 Feb 23:00
Steve Cobby (DJ)

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.

Location: Unit 51, Aberdeen

Start 8 Mar
End 18 Mar
Aberdeen Jazz Festival

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! 

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Start 25 May
End 27 May
May Festival

May Festival

May Festival is a vibrant melting pot of creativity, culture and learning, brought to you by the University of Aberdeen! 

Location: University of Aberdeen

Start 14 Jun
End 17 Jun
Look Again Festival

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!

Location: Various, Aberdeen

Start 30 Jun
End 1 Jul
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

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! 

Location: Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Start 27 Jul
End 4 Aug
Aberdeen International Youth 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.

Location: Various, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Start 8 Sep
End 16 Sep
NEOS

NEOS

Local artists and makers will open their studios to the public. Festival visitors are invited to a unique opportunity to see creative juices flowing.

Location: Various, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

Start 20 Sep
End 23 Sep
True North

True North

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.

Location: Various, Aberdeen city centre

Start 11 Oct
End 27 Sep
DanceLive

DanceLive

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.

Location: Various, Aberdeen



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