September sees the return of True North, the music festival in the heart of the city.

This year’s event runs from 20-23 September and offers the chance to see some amazing musicians and great bands. Better yet, you can do so without the hassle of heading to a field in the middle of nowhere, eating dubious lentil burgers, wandering for hours trying to find your tent, or wallowing through puddles of mud. We’re not even going to think about festival portaloos!

Instead, True North brings a comprehensive selection of headline performances right into the heart of Aberdeen. Much more civilised!

Standout gigs include headliners The Magic Numbers, Camille O’Sullivan’s celebration of David Bowie, and perennial Aberdeen favourites Mogwai, with their self-described musical equivalent of William Blake’s divine angel visions and Francis Bacon’s horror paintings.

Fellow Glaswegians Glasvegas make their debut True North appearance, while singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell and Danny Coughlan offer a more pared back show. Colin MacIntyre, better known as the Mull Historical Society, headlines on 22 September.

There’s also a selection of free Fringe concerts across the city, mainly in small, intimate venues.

Kids will enjoy their own gig, while the masterclass programme and discussion sessions give the chance to meet and learn from some of the leading festival performers.

To buy tickets and see the full programme of events, head to

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