For lovers of live music, Aberdeen has a thriving scene, and venues across the city are putting together line ups to entice us to gigs this autumn.
The Blue Lamp
When it comes to jazz, the Blue Lamp lights the way. There are performances every Thursday from the Michael Janisch Quartet, New Focus Quartet, the delightfully named Ugly Bug Ragtime Three, Iain Ewing, Colin Steele and the Philip Clouts Quartet. You can catch two local bands on the first Sunday of the month as part of their Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon series. Taking to the stage on October 4th will be singer Vance Adair and Fraser Peterkin’s Soul Jazz Collective. November 1 will see the Bill Kemp Trio hit the stage and Aberdeen’s first lady of jazz, Marisha Addison. www.jazzatthebluelamp.com
One Diamond Street
For late night entertainment, One Diamond Street has a bounty of live music each Friday and Saturday night creating the perfect atmosphere in its stylish cocktail lounge. For something more visceral, The Tunnels provides a unique subterranean concert venue and will be welcoming Wheatus, Sleaford Mods and The Sherlocks this Autumn. www.onediamondstreet.co.uk
The Moorings has been the destination for mods and metal fans for more than 50 years, and despite undergoing an extensive rebrand recently – with a new tiki-inspired decor inside – the newly named Krakatoa is still planning to pull out all the stops with gigs from the Creeping Ivies on October 9, the Courtesans on October 17 and Arthur Brown on October 24.
Exploding on to the live music scene is new venue Downstairs, located on Holburn Street, next to the Malt Mill. They have already booked The Ruckus, Daydream Frenzy, Audiokicks and The Ghost Riders in the Sky to appear over the next two months.
The Lemon Tree
Last but not least, The Lemon Tree has some big names on stage this season, including Jack Savoretti, Skerryvore and Lucy Rose. Rock on! www.aberdeenperformingarts.com