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  • Andy Wors

SPECTRA Festival: Great Nordic Music in Aberdeen!


We haven't written quite so much about UK gigs recently, simply because we wanted to concentrate on writing about new music, but we definitely wanted to highlight a really good looking festival which is taking place in the beautiful location of Aberdeen in a few weeks.

SPECTRA, Aberdeen's Festival of Lights is now in its 5th year, and has grown from its original pilot year in 2014 when 17,000 people attended to become Aberdeens leading cultural festival. In addition to presenting artists from across Scotland (and obviously the Nordic Countries), the festival in 2018 will be supporting and commissioning young artists from Aberdeen to collaborate in new work.

Anyway.... we obviously have a Nordic bias on our website, so we're delighted to be able to tell you about a stream of Nordic artists and bands who are performing across the 4 day festival between 8th and 11th February.

The Nordic delights begin on the 8th February with Icelandic jazz and rock influenced band ADHD (who are playing a few other UK dates too) playing at The Assembly 3, and then the following night the excellent Tonik Ensemble play at the same venue, followed by the extraordinary ORKA from the Faroe Islands.

But for the highlight for me is on the Saturday night as there is a great line-up at The Assembly 3 which includes (non Nordic) experimental trio Nányë, who have a great future ahead of them, followed by Nordic Music Review favourites 'Mammút', which will be a brilliant gig.

Finally on the Sunday night another band from Iceland with a great reputation live, Sykur perform at The Assembly 3, whilst none other than Norwegian producer Lindstrøm wraps up things at the Unit 51 venue later in the evening, which is a pretty good way to finish the festival.

Obviously there's loads more going on too, so for more details please visit the venue website:

https://aberdeenfestivals.com/our-festivals/spectra

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