True North support acts announced

Aberdeen Performing Arts can today announce the final support acts for True North – Aberdeen’s festival of music and song, taking place in venues across the city from September 22 – 25.

 Dundee-born songwriter Be Charlotte will support Brit Award-nominee soulstress Laura Mvula when she performs in Aberdeen, with Scottish trio Stillhound providing the support act for LoneLady.

 Pitch perfect singer Be Charlotte is all about the good vibes, with songwriting prowess far beyond her 19 years. Her flawless vocals have taken her on several transatlantic journeys and she is never afraid to break the rules – adding rapping and beatboxing to her skill set.

 Stillhound, made up of friends Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett-Donald and Dave Lloyd, will be the support act for Manchester musician LoneLady. The group released their debut track Seethe Unseen last year. The trio take their inspiration from art, geography and the far flung soundscapes of their homeland, creating an avant-pop record with glacial electronics and packed with unashamed synth pop moments. Stillhound’s live set is ready and with an arsenal of new tracks up their sleeve, they look ready to pick up the electronic-pop mantle and make 2016 their own.

 Other support acts already confirmed for the festival include Aberdeen duo Best Girl Athlete supporting Friday’s festival headliner Richard Hawley at HMT, with local alt-folk musician Rick Redbeard playing support for King Creosote’s intimate Tivoli Theatre gig.

 Scottish alt-band Kid Canaveral and electro-musician HQFU will warm up the crowd for Mercury prize-nominee C Duncan’s Late Night Lemon Tree gig. Also in the Lemon Tree Late lineup is True North’s closing concert from Scottish two-piece Honeyblood, with support from RnB duo Bossy Love.

 APA Chief Executive Jane Spiers said: “We’re delighted to reveal our final concert line-up for True North, with all support acts now in place to get audiences in the mood for our fantastic headliner and Lemon Tree Late gigs. We have kept the focus on local and Scottish acts when booking supports, in line with Scotland’s rich and enduring singer songwriter tradition that goes right up to present day.”

 True North Fringe events will complement the concert programme of True North, with events including My First Gig – a festival experience for young music fans; a two-day Songwriting Masterclass with multi Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan; open-air gigs at the Outdoor Stage at The Roof Garden and relaxed Brunch Sessions at the Acoustic Stage at Aberdeen Maritime Museum. There will also be a series of specially curated gigs taking place in seven city centre bars, featuring festival artists and top local talent for Brew North Sessions. A Panel Discussion on the topic of Phenomenal Women will be hosted by an industry expert and presented in partnership with music hub 57 North.

Hotel deals are available across the festival Thursday to Sunday with the purchase of any True North ticket or pass. For more information on tickets, accommodation and festival lineup, visit www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth

 The full festival concert lineup includes an opening concert at HMT on Thursday September 22 from iconic soulstress Laura Mvula. Former Pulp and Longpigs member Richard Hawley will take over HMT on the Friday evening, while Mercury award-nominated King Creosote plays the Tivoli Theatre on the Saturday. On Sunday HMT will play host to a special Kate Bush celebration concert entitled Running Up That Hill - featuring a bill of top contemporary talent paying tribute to one of the most iconic songwriters and performers of our time.

 This year’s festival is supported by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

 Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting True North for the first time this year. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and the festival is great boost for Aberdeen, giving visitors the chance to see top-class, internationally renowned acts alongside local talent. With Fringe activities ranging from songwriting workshops to showcases, children’s gigs and outdoor performances, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

 Tickets and festival passes are available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com and (01224) 641122. Tickets for further True North Fringe events will go on sale in the coming weeks.

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