Northern Lights to illuminate the Granite City

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Scotland is home to some of Europe’s top music festivals and Aberdeen will follow in the footsteps of Rockness and Belladrum with the announcement of a new festival which will bring chart favourites including Madness, Maximo Park and Paloma Faith to the Granite City’s Seaton Park on the weekend of July 30 and 31, 2011

The two-day Northern Lights Music Festival will see more than 50 acts take to three stages in the city, including chart favourites such as Madness, Maximo Park, Kelis, The Waterboys, The Noisettes, Paloma Faith, Idlewild, Tinchy Stryder, Edwyn Collins, The Futureheads and more. The line-up will also boast a strong Scottish contingent with appearances from Idlewild, Edwyn Collins, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Aberdeen’s The Xcerts .

In addition, an arena focusing on the best of dance music from Europe’s top DJs will see Scotland’s favourite electro mixmaster, Mylo, take to the decks, along with Example, Audio Bullys and Sander Van Doorn.

The festival is the first of its kind for the city and the North East of Scotland, and promises to provide a platform for showcasing local home grown talent as well as established acts.

Festival Director Jim Sandison said: “There’s always been a huge appetite for live music in Aberdeen and the Northern Lights Music Festival will now provide a platform for big name acts as well as break through bands to play to the people of the North East.

“This is a hugely exciting new venture, and we’re delighted by the calibre of acts we’ve attracted for our inaugural festival. “

Thousands are expected to descend on the festival over the weekend for the biggest summer party Aberdeen will have ever seen! Tickets go on sale on Monday 18 April at 9am and tickets can be bought online via Ticketmaster or by calling the ticket hotlines of 01224 619930 / 01224 625005 / 08444 999 990. Alternatively, tickets can be bought in person from Café Drummond and The Cavern Record Shop, Belmont Street, Aberdeen.

For a full line-up and to be turned on to more about Scotland’s newest festival, visit www.northernlightsfestival.co.uk