True North 2016 featured the following artists:

Thursday 22 September 2016

Laura Mvula

Plus support from Be Charlotte
His Majesty’s Theatre
As one of the most exciting musical talents to come out of the UK, Laura has previously been nominated for the Mercury Prize, BBC Sound poll, the BRITs Critics Choice Award, two BRIT Awards in 2014 (British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act) and winning an incredible two MOBO’s in 2013 (Best Female and Best R&B/Soul).


Friday 23 September 2016

Richard Hawley

Plus support from Best Girl Athlete
His Majesty’s Theatre
The former Pulp guitarist and Longpigs member, twice nominated for a Mercury Prize and once for a Brit Award, performs an intimate acoustic set with his guitarist Shez Sheridan. During his solo career he has collaborated with Jarvis Cocker, Lisa Marie Presley, Arctic Monkeys and Paul Weller.

C Duncan

Plus support from Kid Canaveral & HQFU
The Lemon Tree
The Mercury Prize-nominee’s charming lo-fi folk sound is inspired by the Glasgow-born artist’s fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. His debut album Architect (Fat Cat) is on the shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year Award.


Saturday 24 September 2016

True North Fringe: Phenomenal Women

The Lemon Tree

Join a panel of inspiring women from the music industry hosted by Scottish music journalist, DJ and broadcaster Nicola Meighan. The panel will include singer-songwriter and former Delgados’ member Emma Pollock, Louise Stanners from the Musicians’ Union and experienced music programmer, electro musician Sarah J Stanley (HQFU) and venue manager Jane Spiers. This event is delivered in partnership with 57 North

True North Fringe: Here Come The Girls

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 Septembe
The Anatomy Rooms, Marischal College

This workshop will be exclusively for female musicians, aged 16+. A unique opportunity for young emerging female songwriters to spend a weekend with two inspirational musicians led by multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan, who has worked with many industry’s leading names including Ed Sheeran and One Direction. She will be assisted by talented Irish singer-songwriter Kal Lavelle.


King Creosote

Plus support from Rick Redbeard
The Tivoli Theatre
To date, King Creosote has released more than 40 albums, and his collaborative album with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, was nominated for a Mercury Prize and Scottish Album of the Year Award.



Plus support from Stillhound
The Lemon Tree
Post-punk, dance and funk influences from the acclaimed Warp artist. She has toured in the UK and Europe and recently released her second studio album Hinterland. Her music references the northern post-punk sound of her native Manchester.


Sunday 25 September 2016


True North Fringe: My First Gig
ft. Bella and the Bear (Ages 9-12)

The Lemon Tree
Enjoy a set of performances from some talented musicians where young people can experience a gig without parents in a friendly, safe environment. Parents can drop their kids off and relax in our parent crèche at The Lemon Tree. There will be mini stalls for face painting, fake tattoos, freak shakes, floral headbands and more! Performances at the event will come from Bella And The Bear and Lizabett Russo.

Running Up That Hill – A Celebration of the work of Kate Bush

His Majesty’s Theatre

This specially curated concert will be a rare chance to hear Kate Bush songs in a live capacity, performed in an intimate, relaxed environment. Led by Emma Pollock, formerly of The Delgados and now a respected solo artist, the evening will be informal and spontaneous, with an element of storytelling as the audience hear what Kate Bush and her music means to the artists involved.

Artists Karthryn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Rachel Sermanni, Roddy Hart, Bdy_Prts, James Graham (Twilight Sad), Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow), Peter Brewis (Field Music) and Kathryn Williams will all perform their own personal favourites to honour her genius.



Plus support from Bossy Love
The Lemon Tree

Scottish two-piece that have supported Catfish and the Bottlemen, Belle and Sebastian and the Foo Fighters at Murrayfield Stadium in 2015.

Acoustic Sessions

Join us at the Acoustic Stage at the Maritime Museum to start each day of the weekend off at True North, these are free to attend.

Kid Canaveral | Saturday 24 September, 11am
Rick Redbeard | Sunday 25 September, 12.30pm


Outdoor Stage: St Nicholas bandstand

Saturday 24 September | 12.30pm – 5.45pm

A festival within a festival as True North takes over the bandstand on top of the St Nicholas Centre to bring local bands and acts from across the weekend.

Empty Sounds | 12.30pm – 1pm
The Harmonica Movement | 1.15pm – 1.45pm
The Popping Candies | 2pm – 2.30pm
The 101 | 2.45pm – 3.15pm
Stillhound | 3.45pm – 3.45pm
Best Girl Athlete | 4.30pm – 5pm
HQFU | 5.15pm – 5.45pm


Brew North Sessions: Bars across Aberdeen

Sunday 25 September | 12.30pm – 6.15pm
A specially curated series of gigs taking place in seven city centre bars, featuring festival artists and top local talent.

Lizabett Russo | Brewdog Castlegate | 12.30pm – 1.15pm
Daniel Mutch | Blackfriars | 1.30pm – 2.15pm
Colin Clyne | Illicit Still | 2.30pm – 3.15pm
Leanne Smith | The Stag | 3.15pm – 4pm
Craig Davidson | Brewdog Gallowgate | 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Jenny Sturgeon | Six Degrees North | 5.45pm – 6.15pm | @TrueNorth_Fest

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