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Local Musician Craig John Davidson wrote some words on Swans recent gig at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. For words and pics click here.


Introducing… True North 2017

This year’s True North music festival will pay homage to one of the most influential rock bands of the 70s – Fleetwood Mac.

The festival, which runs from September 7-10, will also feature performances from cult bands Arab Strap and Public Service Broadcasting.

Singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph will perform a joint headliner with Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, while Dutch Uncles, Pictish Trail and Wild Beasts are also on the bill. Headline events will take place at His Majesty’s Theatre, The Lemon Tree and Tivoli Theatre, with further fringe events and support acts to be announced in the coming months.


APA chief executive Jane Spiers said: “Following the unprecedented success of our Celebration of Kate Bush at last year’s True North, I’m excited to announce that we will once again be doffing our hat to one of the most iconic music acts of our time. Our Rumours event will celebrate Fleetwood Mac’s ground-breaking album of that name. 2017 marks 40 years since the release of Rumours and True North will celebrate the band’s masterpiece in full over the course of an inspiring and authentic evening of music which promises to be one of the most defining moments of this year’s festival.”

Rumours will be curated by the hugely gifted Start to End, who specialise in bringing acclaimed albums to the stage. The band will gather together some of the country’s best singers and musicians for the concert on Saturday, September 9 at HMT, which will culminate in a greatest hits set.

True North’s opening concert will come from the enigmatic and inimitable Public Service Broadcasting, who will bring their stunning audio-visual show to HMT on Thursday, September 7.

Friday evening’s headline event at the Tivoli Theatre is cult Scottish rock band Arab Strap and on Sunday, it’s an evening with Scott Hutchison and Kathryn Joseph at the Tivoli Theatre.

The Lemon Tree Late line-up will see art-rock group Wild Beasts take to the stage on Thursday night, while Friday night’s Lemon Tree Late will come from art-pop quartet Dutch Uncles. Pictish Trail will bring his unique and hypnotic folk/electro act to the Lemon Tree for the True North After Party on Saturday after Rumours, with guest DJs on hand to get the crowd going.

Ms Spiers added: “Sunday evening’s joint headliner is another highlight – Scott Hutchison and Kathryn Joseph are such charismatic performers and their event will be a stunning showcase of their individual talent. Arab Strap last played Aberdeen over a decade ago, so this is a brilliant chance to see them in the intimate setting of the Tivoli Theatre. The band sold out the Barrowlands last year and I’m sure fans will be quick to snap up tickets this time round. Public Service Broadcasting play with us at True North just before heading off on a major city tour in North America and HMT promises to be the perfect venue for their mesmerising audio-visual extravaganza.”

Tickets for True North are on sale to APA Friends next Wednesday (June 21) and to general bookers on Friday (June 23). Tickets range from £11 to £22 and multi-buy discounts are available. They can be bought online at, in person at the Box Office at HMT or The Lemon Tree, or by phone on (01224) 641122.

A Fringe line-up and support acts for the festival will be announced in the coming weeks, to include a production masterclass and intimate music sessions at the Maritime Museum among other events.


Now and again we see an artist perform and think, now that’s someone I’d like a word or two with. Chris T-T was one of them and he’s back in Aberdeen on Friday night at The Lemon Tree. Still Burning managed to share some words with the main man before the event.


Time for Brew at the Bog adventures…

…again. Its blossomed into a two day adventure now, and been shunted along the calendar a wee bit to (hopefully) catch some better weather. Anyway, 16 or so reasons (16, 2016, geddit?) why we think you should consider a trip to Inverness this weekend can be found here.


Episode #7 Update: Kid Canaveral come to town

You know, we’ve been planning this gig for months, carefully adding the most appropriate supports we know and yes, only four days before it  do I realise we haven’t mentioned it on here, at all. Not very clever are we? Anyway, happy to say that ticket sales have been the best we’ve had so far for any fns gig so if you are coming along best buy in advance if you possibly can. Ticket link is here.

Sunday night, the 29th of May at Downstairs, Aberdeen we present the very welcome return of Kid Canaveral to the city after an absence of a couple of years and a new album being released very soon. Old songs, new songs, it’ll be GREAT. Here’s a new one to get you in the mood.

Kicking off proceedings we have an acoustic set from Sooz Stewart (Rumtumtartar) followed by local band Stanley who we haven’t seen play live in absolutely yonks. Please get down early to enjoy these two acts. Doors open at 7pm, and curfew is 11pm so no excuse not to come because its a schoolnight.  Hopefully see you there.



Episode #6

And then there was six. This weekend (Saturday April the 9th) we are pleased to present our latest fns show, or, Episode #6 if you like, and all three bands playing Aberdeen for the first time.

We have Crash Club, first seen by us at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and more times since. Their electronic sounds supplemented with guitars and drums will suit Downstairs to the proverbial T.

We have The Strange Blue Dreams, genre busting and attention grabbing, sharp sounds with clothes to match. Will you be brave enough to dance?


We have Tribal High, a band that will get the evening off by blowing their openers status down Holburn Street.

Tickets can be purchased in advance here, and many thanks in advance if you buy some or come along on the night.



Episode #3

And all of a sudden 2016 kicks off for us on Saturday with our first event of the year at Downstairs, Aberdeen. Oh, and before we forget we wish you all a very happy new year. Anyway, back to the music…

We’ve seen Roman Nose a couple of times on our travels, last time was a late night, almost pitch dark session at Electric Fields. Its electronic, loud and atmospheric, the live show is where it’s at for this band from Glasgow who play Aberdeen for the first time.

With their excellent debut album (A Distorted Sigh) under their belt and the second already in the can we are also delighted to bring the unpredictable Garden of Elks to Aberdeen also for the first time. Last time I saw them guitarist and vocalist Niall had only a laptop (called Annie I think?) for company on stage. That was, until the crowd joined him. Also, check their video with the cool kids below.

Opening the evening however we have Godzilla Blues, a founding member of  this blogsite and his minimalist electronicy goodness. Explore his bandcamp page here.

Tickets for Episode #3 can be ordered here.

Episode #3 - Downstairs, Aberdeen