The Lemon Tree give us the lowdown on what’s set to be a very busy month round their way:
So who went along to our very first Music Open Day? We had a great time and got some really good crowds along so a big thank you to anyone who came along and made it a great event. I think we’d all agree there really are some top class acts in Aberdeen and it was great to see them all play on the same day. We urge everyone to get out and support local music, and you’ve got more chances to do just that with the Oxjam Music Festival in October and the AGP Weekender in November, but we’ve got a huge October of our own, so take your pick from these shows!
Field Music are hot property just now following their well-deserved Mercury Music Prize 2012 nomination for their latest album Plumb. With past winners including Elbow, PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Primal Scream, you really should catch them now before they get huge! Taking their trademark catchy indie-rock, their new release has incorporated a synth-driven sound that will be sure to win them new fans. Catch them on the 3rd October.
Thomas Truax is a show that needs to be seen to be believed. On the 5th October he will be taking his homemade and now legendary instruments to The Lemon Tree, including The Hornicator made from a Victorian gramophone. And how many times have you seen anyone play a stringed instrument made from a TV aerial? This isn’t just a gimmick though as Thomas was written some outstanding folk songs and is a real talent. A must for those who like Tom Waits, Tim Burton and David Lynch. Support comes from local soloists CS Buchan and Craig John Davidson.
Shut Up and Play the Hits is going to be a great event; a documentary about the build-up and performance of LCD Soundsystem’s last-ever show, a four-hour epic at Madison Square Garden. So shut up and come to The Lemon Tree to see the final few days of this legendary dance act. We’ll be screening the film in the studio on the 6th October and anyone booking a ticket (just £5) can also get access to the Funk Connection gig in the lounge that evening for an extra £5 (more after the video).
Funk Connection are a well-established act in the Aberdeen music scene. A 10-piece who play the hits of Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, James Brown, The Temptations and Sister Sledge guarantees a full dance floor for the whole evening. Always great fun and a brilliant night out, this gig will leave you smiling. Two excellent shows and a bargain if you book your ticket for the LCD Soundsystem film screening as well.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer-songwriter who has just released his debut album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm and will be with us on the 11th October. This one is selling well already but you’ve still time to get in and see a real up-and-comer. His last gig in Aberdeen at The Tunnels saw him perform his last song in the crowd completely unplugged and was worth the ticket alone. Currently on the playlists of DJs such as Zane Lowe, he’s certainly one to watch out for.
Hells Bells come back to The Lemon Tree with all cannons blazing on the 12th October. Having played a near sold-out show with us last time they’ll bound to be popular and will treat us to all the AC/DC hits such as Back In Black, Highway To Hell, Whole Lotta Rosie and Thunderstruck. This is always a great show and will start your night out with a bang. For those about to rock…we salute you!
We’re looking forward to hearing a few classics from Hue and Cry on the 13th October. Touring their new album Hot Wire with a full band we’ll also be treated to the favourites such as Labour of Love and Looking For Linda. Get in quick however as we’ve less than 100 tickets available through the box office for this one. While there are regular-priced tickets available you can get up close and personal with the platinum package that will get you early entry to the venue, a champagne reception, a chance to listen to the soundcheck and acoustic performance as well as a meet and greet.
One of the UK’s best frontmen, Tim Burgess, will be taking his solo show to The Lemon Tree on the 18th October. Best known for being the singer of The Charlatans, he heads out to promote his forthcoming album Oh No! I love You. Already receiving great reviews, the new album sounds like it will cement his place in Britain’s music scene as one of our best singer/songwriters.
Three Blind Wolves come back after a great recent gig and is one not to be missed. Described as loud, hairy and unpredictable these guys play straight up rock and have real stage presence. See them on the 20th October with support coming from Juffage and local outfit The Sea Atlas.
The legendary Wishbone Ash make an appearance on 21st October to bring us a taste of their hits. Pioneers of two-guitar rock that inspired bands ranging from Thin Lizzy to Iron Maiden they continue to tour constantly and will be stopping in Aberdeen as part of their world tour. Book your place now!
Public Service Broadcasting will be something a bit different. This electronic duo take samples and perform a set with old public service announcement videos. Having been championed by BBC 6 Music this is going to be a real spectacle so come along on 25th October for something new.
We get to say happy 10th birthday to Fat Hippy Records on the 26th. Having been central to the Aberdeen music scene and helping bands release and distribute their recordings we’re really pleased to hold this tribute to them. Tom and everyone at Fat Hippy have put in a huge amount of effort in supporting local bands so let’s make this a great day and come along to show our appreciation. To mark the anniversary they will be releasing a sampler CD of acts new and old and the night will be headlined by Gerry Jablonski.
The Twang mount their comeback with a show at The Lemon Tree on the 29th October. Famed for hits such as Wide Awake and Either Way this will be a great one to see in a more intimate venue. Armed with a new album we’ll be looking forward to hearing the latest tracks played alongside the favourites.
Federation of the Disco Pimp round off the DanceLive festival with a show on the 31st October. Playing memorable funk and soul this will provide an energetic atmosphere and this 7-piece never disappoint. These guys provide unstoppable grooves we dare you to come along and try not dancing! Support comes from The Chandeliers who played a busy gig at The Lemon Tree recently so this is well worth attending.
Well, hopefully all that will keep you going next month but why not look further ahead as well. We are pleased to announce the onsale of Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells at The Lemon Tree on the 26th November. All tickets can be booked at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by calling 01224 641122 or visiting the Music Hall and HMT box offices.