The Best Music and Entertainment Venues in Aberdeen

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Aberdeen has a long history of promoting live music and entertainment, from the smallest of venues to the grandest, and everywhere in between. No matter where your tastes lie, whether you want to watch a play, listen to a band, or laugh along with a comedy show, our guide shares nine of the best places to visit.

1. Cafe Drummond

Cinema, Music Venue

Drummonds is a staple of the Aberdeen alternative music scene, a favourite of students and fans of up and coming bands alike. Don’t expect opulent luxury, Drummonds can be crowded, hot, grungy and, quite frankly, precisely what you expect a small music venue like this to be. They open late, also host comedy nights, have late night DJs when the live acts have ended, and admission is free.

2. Belmont Filmhouse

Cinema

The Belmont Filmhouse has a long history of cinema screenings, stretching back to when the first film (of Queen Victoria at nearby Balmoral) was shown — in 1898. Refurbished in 2000 after a period of nearly 50 years as a warehouse, this is Aberdeen’s premier independent cinema, showing art-house and mainstream movies, foreign films and classics, and hosting special events.

3. The Tivoli Theatre

Theater

Built in 1872 but sadly neglected from 1997, the Tivoli was rescued, restored and reopened in 2009. Over its long illustrious history, many star performers have graced the building, including legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Offering musicals, talks, comedians, live bands and much more, the Tivoli is going from strength to strength — and the renovation work really is beautiful.

4. A.E.C.C.

Building, Music Venue

The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is a modern venue that plays host to an outstanding array of events each year, with big names in music, sport, arts, science, and entertainment regularly appearing in one of their spaces. Examples for 2017 include Iron Maiden, Blink 182, Professor Brian Cox, Steps, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball, and John Bishop, proving how eclectic the attractions on offer. With new facilities due to open in 2019, the AECC will be a fixture of the Aberdeen entertainment scene for many years to come.

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