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‘My First Gig’ event among the highlights for youngsters at this year’s True North festival

True North Sunday. My First Gig at The Lemon Tree.
True North Sunday. My First Gig at The Lemon Tree.

Ever since it was first staged in 2015, the annual True North festival has provided a popular event and this year’s line-up has scheduled more family-orientated activities than ever.

Kids will be able to enjoy everything from gigs to workshops, while their parents can relax knowing events are child-friendly.

The family programme kicks off at 7pm on September 19 at the Music Hall in Aberdeen with what promises to be a high energy performance from Whirlygig.

Then, returning by popular demand to the Lemon Tree on Sunday,  September 22, My First Gig allows youngsters to dance the afternoon away in-between eating ice cream and getting their face painted while their parents are looked after in the ‘adult creche’.

Aberdeen Performing Arts creative learning manager Lisa Mathieson said: “Like adults, children’s music tastes are not one size fits all.

So, with that in mind, we have broadened our offering for younger music fans with more family-friendly events taking place this year than ever before.”

Events are also available for young adults when the Music Hall’s Big Sky Studio hosts a platform for the best young musicians and songwriters in the north-east, and Tinderbox Collective offers an electronic and interactive sound workshop for 13-to-18-year-olds who want to learn about the science behind song.

The festival, which runs from September 19 to 22 and is headlined by high-profile acts such as The Twilight Sad, and a specially curated tribute to Scottish pop music with DJ Vic Galloway, will be staged at venues all over the city.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now. For tickets or further information, visit www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre or the Lemon Tree.

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