2018 in the ‘Deen

For you people who say nothing ever happens here

Prepare for Aberscenes boys and girls, this is THE year of the 'Deen. The line-up of events for 2018 is proving the motto "Art is The New Oil" to be true. The city is about to come alive with art, music and culture. The agenda is lenghthy, so there's sure to be something for you. And if not for you, grab that gal/boy you've been eyeing up in the library and pretend you're more cultured than you are by taking them to one of the events on a lil datey-date. Guaranteed success*! Just call me cupid.

*it is not guaranteed, but I'd be wooed…


Spectra Festival of Light (8th – 11th) : These four nights will blow ya lil mind! The festival is an annual thing, and is always great fun for all the family (if you happen to have your nan up for the weekend, she'll love it too). This years theme is "Play The Night", combining music and lights.

Morrisey @ BHGE (16th) : The Smiths icon, mista Morrisey himself is coming to Abs on his UK tour, which unlike most includes the granite city itself. Why miss it? It'll be emosh. Get tix here.

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Art is the new oil? Yes.

MARCH 2018

Vengaboys @ The Assembly (3rd ) : Uh-huh boys and girls, the rumours are true and the VENGABUS IS COMING! Grab someone who you wanna go Boom Boom Boom Boom with (or just a friend, that's cool too) and have the best night. Who likes to party? We like to party. Tickets here.

Aberdeen Jazz Festival (14th-18th) : With every style of jazz from swing to fusion, this years festival will have something for everyone. Grab ya mates, ya dates and a drink (or two) and have some fun!

University Boat Race (17th) : Nothing wrong with a bit of friendly (?) competition. Teams from RGU and AU go head-to-head once again, both determined to be victorious. Will Aberdeen hold onto it's winning title? Or will Robert Gordon will pull it back? All will be revealed…

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Erin Wyness (RGU) & Ruth Grant (AU)

APRIL 2018

Nuart Aberdeen (12th-15th) : Bringing some colour to the granite city, and proving once more that art is actually the new oil, Nuart Festival will see a group of local artists take part alongside national and international professionals.

Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds @ BHGE(25th) : The less mouthy Gallagher brother will be taking to the arena to bash out some of his band's new album, Who Built The Moon? Tickets here.

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Existing (nu)art inspired by Aberdeen's tenement-tiles

JULY 2018

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (July 27th-August 4th) : This multicultural event involves youngters up to ages 25. You can expect gala shows, concerts and performances aimed at inspiring young people within their chosen art form #theartsareimportant .

Little Mix Outdoors @ AECC (28th) : Everyones guilty pleasure. No? Tell me that again when you're shouting out to your ex (because he's really quite the man). Get yourself down to the AECC for some feel good bops and a whole lotta gurl power. *Men are invited too and promised a great time. Perrie Edwards? Helloooooooo??

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Even has it's own Mascot. Boosh.


True North Festival (20th-23rd) : Abs' very own music fest is back to brighten the city during the post-summer return to uni! Filled with contemporary and exciting musicians taking over city centre venues, it's sure to be fun! More info to come nearer the time.

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That's right. We have a festival of music AND song.


DanceLIVE (11th-27th) : Art continues to oil the cogs of our imagination! Fun fact for y'all, this is Scotlands most prolific AND longest running dance festival! It returns to us for three weekends in October and comes with a vast programme of contemporary dance, performance and live art. Wanna celebrate diversity and creativity? 'Mon down! #DanceLive2018

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Get ya groove on


Aberdeen Fireworks @ the beach (5th) : Grab your squad and boogie on down to the beach for what can only be described as an amazingly trippy display. Where else other than Aberdeen would you be watching fireworks whilst listening to Disney? PS. It's FREE!

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thank you nice boy for the photo


The Trickery @ Underdog (7th) : Christmas is the time for Cabaret! It's on a few times this year, but christmas is ALWAYS fun to go. A cabaret evening of magic, music and comedy featuring various acts. Ages 18+.

Christmas Markets & Light Switch On : These dates are yet to be confirmed, but keep your eyes peeled! They'll be out n about.

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That giant spinny arm ride was awful close to the college this year…