Art Pints


Join the conversation at Look Again's Art Pints, which takes place at The Lemon Tree. This event invites speakers to discuss their thoughts and personal experiences regarding Aberdeen's creative hubs, and the significance of these spaces to them. Art Pints aims to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere. It's an opportunity to actively participate and share their ideas on what Aberdeen requires around art and creativity.

As an added bonus, all guests will be treated to a complimentary drink upon arrival. This sets the stage for a delightful evening of connection and collaboration. It's a perfect occasion to mingle with fellow creatives, gain fresh perspectives, and have your voice heard within the local arts community.

Don't miss out on this chance to engage in meaningful conversations, forge new connections, and contribute to the thriving art scene in Aberdeen. Be a part of the vibrant artistic dialogue that shapes our city.

Art Pints speakers

The speakers for this event will be announced soon.


Art Pints


Join the conversation at Look Again's Art Pints, which takes place at The Lemon Tree. This event invites speakers to discuss their thoughts and personal experiences regarding Aberdeen's creative hubs, and the significance of these spaces to them. Art Pints aims to create a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Its an opportunity to actively participate and share their ideas on what Aberdeen requires around art and creativity.

As an added bonus, all guests will be treated to a complimentary drink upon arrival. This sets the stage for a delightful evening of connection and collaboration. It's a perfect occasion to mingle with fellow creatives, gain fresh perspectives, and have your voice heard within the local arts community.

Don't miss out on this chance to engage in meaningful conversations, forge new connections, and contribute to the thriving art scene in Aberdeen. Be a part of the vibrant artistic dialogue that shapes our city.

Art Pints speakers

The speakers for this event will be announced soon.


The Little Kicks Live


Hometown favourites The Little Kicks are back with a live show at The Lemon Tree. Known for their unique sound, The Little Kicks fuse soaring vocal harmonies and catchy guitar hooks with the distinctive warmth of analogue synthesisers, creating a captivating melody-driven sound that is just as enthralling on record as it is in a live setting.

About The Little Kicks

With their masterful musicianship and electrifying stage presence, The Little Kicks have amassed a loyal fan base, drawing audiences in with their dynamic and energetic performances. Their music is a vibrant blend of genres that seamlessly fuse to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

From the infectious beats to the atmospheric synths and powerful vocals, The Little Kicks' music is captivating and entrancing. Whether you're a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, their live shows are not to be missed. The Lemon Tree is the perfect setting to experience the magic of The Little Kicks in person.


Citymoves Spring Show


Citymoves Spring Show celebrates dance, both as an art form and as entertainment. The team at Citymoves are bringing together dance groups and schools to showcase their talents and perform live, featuring some of the best dance groups in the North East.

The Lemon Tree will host the Citymoves Spring Show on Saturday, March 25th, at 6 pm and Sunday, March 26th, at 1 pm. The show highlights performances from Citymoves' own performance groups, along with visiting dance groups and schools, including the Gordon School of Dancing, Ballroom Dance Studio, Eden Court, and Re:Volution.

The Citymoves Spring Show is an exceptional evening out for anyone who loves dance. The event promises to inspire audiences with the dancers' skills, dedication, beauty, and grace. Whether you are a dance enthusiast or simply looking for a fun night out, this is an unforgettable evening of entertainment to celebrate the art of dance. Tickets are available now for the Spring Show.


Lemon Tree Zine Café


The Lemon Tree Zine Café is a cozy new space for anyone who wants to learn about zine making. Local artist and zine maker Corvid Eyes is leading this workshop to teach the basics. These workshops have a warm welcoming atmosphere and both seasoned zine makers and novices are welcome to join in. Essential crafting materials will be provided, but participants are also welcome to bring their own materials.

The café bar will not be open, so bring your own packed lunch and hot drinks along to the Lemon Tree Zine Café. Some light snacks will be provided.


We Are Here Scotland presents INCUBATA


Vagrant Real Estate headlines INCUBATA, a special night celebrating the We Are Here Scotland incubation programme to develop BPoC creatives. He will be joined by special guests from the worlds of Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B. Danny Cliff and EYVE will perform on the night, with visuals from Kumi McKenna. The Event Event Manager is Raymond Igbinoke. Expect an unforgettable night at The Lemon Tree.

What is We Are Here Scotland?

The We Are Here Scotland incubation programme was launched in 2022. The aim was to nurture, mentor, and develop BPoC creatives based in Scotland. As part of the pilot, four creatives have been invited from different creative industry sectors.

Performers

Danny Cliff

Born in Nigeria and raised in Austria, singer-songwriter Danny Cliff now calls Edinburgh home. Gaining his love of music through attending church in Austria, was a double-edged sword. The country’s music scene didn’t live up to expectations but that all changed when he moved to Scotland. His love for music flooded back when he was submerged in the bubbling music scene of Edinburgh. 

Eyve

Originally from Zimbabwe and now based in Scotland, Eyve realised that music and singing were something she wanted to pursue thanks to her church choir. As a queer person, Eyve felt her faith being challenged due to rejection based on her identity. This helped shape her musical path and still does. Rap was a strong means of expression. In 2019 she started to feel empowered to sing and rap about subjects such as feminism, self-love, confidence and politics.

Vagrant Real Estate

Vagrant Real Estate is a producer and DJ from Aberdeen. He has self-released a number of projects with both local and international artists. His most recent independently funded and produced project was “The Iceberg Theory.” He is also the co-founder of the music & events platform HOURS. His aim was to build infrastructure for independent artists in Aberdeen. To champion rising local acts from hip-hop and the wider scene.




Fresh new plans for Lemon Tree

Aberdeen Performing Arts have announced that The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen’s iconic live venue, is set to get a striking refresh. They've moved the project on to the next stage after approving a new outline scheme. They will now also begin a fundraising campaign.

They have planned a new studio, foyer, café, meeting room, and an accessible entrance on Shoe Lane. There is also a proposal to create a new outdoor seating and performance area within an urban cottage garden. Although Lemon Tree Lounge and Lemon Tree Studio will continue to exist, the team will work to improve improve staging, sight-lines, technical facilities, and accessibility.



Radiohead, Snow Patrol, Travis, Texas, Mogwai, Public Service Broadcasting and also Emeli Sandé have performed at the iconic city venue. In addition, the Lemon Tree is an essential stop on the performing arts tour circuit.

The board unanimously adopted the proposed scheme and agreed to move to the next stage of design development. They will also submit an application for planning consent by year's end. Previously Aberdeen Performing Arts commissioned architects to undertake a study to look at options for upgrading the venue.

Discovering tomorrow's legends today

Jane Spiers Aberdeen Performing Arts Chief Executive said: “2022 is the 30th anniversary of the Lemon Tree. In that time, it has built up an enviable reputation nationally and internationally for discovering tomorrow’s legends today and supporting homegrown talent.

“The plans retain the informal, friendly, intimate, off-beat style and story that is so unique to the Lemon Tree and are focussed on creating a more accessible, integrated environment and experience for audiences, artists and employees alike.”

The plans for the Lemon Tree also align with Aberdeen City Council’s commitment to regenerate the city centre. A new culturally-integrated development at Queen Street will also hopefully bring tangible benefits to the local economy and community.

Shape the next chapters of Aberdeen's story

Culture Aberdeen, a partnership of cultural organisations in the city, have welcomed the proposals. Dr Duncan Cockburn from Culture Aberdeen was clear about the benefits of expanding the Lemon Tree. He told us, “This development has the potential to be a distinctive feature of the Aberdeen economic development story”

He also added that it was a great opportunity for arts and culture, artists and creative practitioners to help shape and drive the next chapters of Aberdeen’s story.

Richard Murphy Architects have been working on the project. They have undertaken several transformational arts and cultural projects. Past work includes the Stirling Tolbooth, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre Peebles. Furthermore, they have worked on Perth Theatre and the New National Centre for Music in Edinburgh.

Aberdeen Performing Arts chair Craig Pike told us, “The Lemon Tree has a special place in Aberdeen’s story and we are now setting the stage for a bright future which will benefit communities, business and the cultural sector in the city. Aberdeen Performing Arts has also pledged to get the fundraising campaign underway, we hope everyone will join us on the journey and get behind this exciting project for the city and nation.”


The return of Aberdeen Performing Arts

Aberdeen Performing Arts has announced that all of its venues will re-open to the public from Tuesday 7 September. APA closed The Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and the Lemon Tree on 17 March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the world into lockdown. This resulted in the arts charity rescheduling or cancelling over 700 performances and placing 270 staff on furlough.



Jane Spiers of Aberdeen Performing Arts

Chief Executive Jane Spiers said: “We are so pleased, relieved and grateful to be opening our doors again after such a difficult 18 months.  We earn nearly 90% of our turnover through earned income and that was wiped out overnight. I can’t thank our loyal team enough, our furloughed team who stayed with us in spirit and the handful of retained team who ripped up their job descriptions and did whatever it took to keep us afloat. It’s a milestone moment for all of us and we can’t wait for curtain up. As we start to see people coming back to work it’s hard not to feel emotional. It’s much more than a turn of the key to get our three venues open again after so long and everyone is working so hard to get us there.”

“We are gradually phasing back and plan to offer a full programme again by November. For now, though, our immediate priority is to bring our beautiful buildings back to life and put measures in place to make sure that our customers and audiences feel safe and comfortable going forwards.

We’ve just put the finishing touches to a terrific Autumn/Winter season brochure. We’re so grateful to our audiences who donated so generously during the pandemic to help keep us going. There would be no show without you. Enjoy!”

New opening hours

Box offices at His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall will open on Tuesday, September 7. They'll be open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am – 6pm. Coda Café in the Music Hall will be open from Tuesday, September 14. It opening hours of Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am – 5pm. HMT 1906 café and restaurant will remain closed until the end of November. This will allow APA to increase circulation space in the HMT foyer/box office as part of COVID safety measures.

What's on

The first performance at the Music Hall will be Nick Cave and Warren Ellis on Sunday 19 September, with the first event, the National Whisky Festival, taking place on Saturday 18 September. The first show at His Majesty’s Theatre will be the 100th Aberdeen Student Show, Freezin’ which runs at the theatre from Tuesday 14 September to Saturday 18 September, while at the Lemon Tree the first show will be The Wandering Hearts on Wednesday 8 September.


Don't miss out on our interview with Aberdeen Rapper Chef. He spoke to us this week about a BBC Scotland documentary about the Aberdeen hip-hop and R&B scene.