New Aberdeen festival will welcome music from around the world

The first ever Other Music Festival will kick off in Aberdeen this week
The first ever Other Music Festival will kick off in Aberdeen this week

A new music festival is being tipped to drum up lots of interest when it opens in Aberdeen this week.

The Other Music Festival, which launches tonight, will bring a diverse offering of folk, jazz and rap music from across the world.

Acts from countries including Poland and Hungary will entertain Aberdeen audiences at events mainly centred on the city’s Blue Lamp and Lemon Tree venues.

The festival’s co-organiser Susan Whyte said: “Two things have been clear to us for some time: firstly, that the diverse make-up of the city was not being reflected in its cultural programmes, and secondly, that there was a serious lack of high-quality contemporary traditional music in our venues.

“Together with partners, we have put together a programme to begin to address this and have created, we hope, a space where our diverse audiences and artists can come together to enjoy themselves and, through music, learn about the city, the country, their own heritage and the wider world.”

The festival starts at 7.30pm tonight at the Lemon Tree with a Celebration of the Fiddle.

Featured performers will include Tarland-based fiddler Paul Anderson, considered one of Scotland’s finest.

Loki, a Glasgow rapper, will perform a piece at the Blue Lamp at 4pm on Saturday that encompasses rap, comedy and the spoken word.

The dramatic piece will draw heavily from a book written by Loki, whose real name is Darren McGarvey, on the struggles of working class Scots.

The London-based Bollywood Brass Band will close the festival at the Lemon Tree on Sunday.

The 10-piece Indian style band have featured on the BBC’s World on 3 radio programme.

The festival is organised by Other Music Promotions (OMP), which has spent the past two years bringing traditional folk music from across the world to the North-east.

OMP received initial funding from Aberdeen City Council, and after a successful run of shows, they moved ahead with the idea for the festival.