The annual SPECTRA light show in Aberdeen (Photo: Wullie Marr)
The annual SPECTRA light show in Aberdeen (Photo: Wullie Marr)

The light fantastic gets a musical accompaniment

SPECTRA return to Aberdeen for the fifth year with a unique music programme.

The annual lights festival, SPECTRA 2018 have introduced its first live music programme alongside their 2017 partners The True North Festival.

Supported by Event Scotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate with many venues across the city playing a wide variety of music from Nordic to UK Talent.

SPECTRA creates new ways of exploring the urban landscape of Aberdeen through architectural light projections, interactive sculptures and this year through experimental music.

Acts in the music line up include cornerstone of Warp Records Plaid, electronic music super group Wrangler, and the incredible Hidden Orchestra along with Stavanger’s world famous producer Lindstrøm. Other acts include Faroese stars Orka, Icelanders Tonik Ensemble, Sykur, ADHD and the rocking Mammút.

Closer to home they will be welcoming established and rising independent UK music stars Emma Pollock, Nányë, Cymbals, Wyles & Simpson and Mt Wolf.

The annual SPECTRA light show in Aberdeen

DJs such as James Orvis and Cler Lever, Mental Overdrive and Steve Cobby will all be playing into the night around the city.

The SPECTRA Music programme kicks off at The Assembly on 8 February with an eclectic mix of UK and international names.

The final night of music on Sunday 10 February sees The Assembly come alive to a raft of electronic treats from Icelandic trio Sykur, London based duo Wyles & Simpson and Warp Records legends Plaid – unveiling an all new AV projection show.
Stuart Turner, head of EventScotland has said: ‘Since its inception in 2014, SPECTRA has quickly grown to become a major event in Scotland, bringing a spark of inspiration to the winter months in the north-east.

‘We are delighted to be continuing our support of SPECTRA through our national programme fund to help expand the festival to include this outstanding music programme of exciting national and international talent, and showing why Scotland truly is the perfect stage for events.’

With more pop up performances happening throughout the festival, the SPECTRA Music programme will be a welcome addition to an already superb light and sound festival.

Get your early bird tickets for the SPECTRA Music Programme now online HERE. Early bird tickets are just £15 – £22 per night.

The art installation programme is free.