Kathryn Joseph and Randolph’s Leap are among the acts taking place in this year’s True North festival – in online form.
Aberdeen Performing Arts announced its series of free-to-view virtual events for the award-winning annual festival, which has been staged across the city each September since 2015, and featured acts such as Mogwai, The Twilight Sad, Tom Odell, Laura Mvula, Richard Hawley, Glasvegas, King Creosote and Public Service Broadcasting.
Taking place between September 25th and 27th, a digital format has been adopted for 2020 with five concerts and an online photography exhibition.
Top of the bill for 2020 will be an exclusive performance in the Music Hall by Kathryn Joseph, while Adam Ross of Randolph’s Leap will perform a set of songs aimed at young audiences.
And a digital exhibition celebrating the love of live performance will run over the weekend and will include memories and reflections of past festivals.
Joseph – winner of the Scottish Album of the Year award in 2015 – will perform a special set filmed in the iconic surroundings of the Music Hall with selections from her two studio albums heard in a fresh way in the empty surrounds of the hall’s historic auditorium.
And family-friendly performance inspired by True North’s popular My First Gig concept will see the Randolph’s Leap frontman perform a set of songs with young audiences in mind- recorded at his home in Laurencekirk, the set list will include music by Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Adele, as well as music from Disney films and Adam’s own original songs. The set will be available to view from 9am on Saturday 26th September and aims to inspire young gig-goers.
Live Music: Long May You Run will feature photography and memories from the five years of True North, running for a month from Friday 25th September at steppingin.space.
And under the banner of True North Introduces, the festival will showcase three new artists from the Aberdeen area. 15 year old Aiysha Russell from Drumoak reached the final stages of The Voice Kids in 2019, Aberdonian singer Rachael Bissett opened the city’s Hogmanay stage last year, and Scott Wallace was a finalist in the inaugural BBC Scotland Singer-Songwriter of the Year Award, and each will each perform a live streamed set daily at 6pm during the festival.
All performances at the virtual festival will be free to watch with an option to make a donation to Aberdeen Performing Arts – more at aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth.