Past Festivals

Following a pilot event, Upbeat in 2004, the first sound festival was launched in November 2005. It is now an annual event. Details of the current festival are available through our homepage, and information about previous years can be accessed using the links below.


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“The sound festival is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, but the word is out:
It’s fantastic, teaming with New Pictureexciting events, brilliant performers and a magnetic energy.” Stephen Montague, composer



sound 2012“Something really magical happens when a piece of music finds a performer whose talent matches it to perfection…” – Alan Cooper



sound 2011“I’ve never heard music tell so much. Brilliant.” – David C, Aberdeen



sound 2010“Once again, Aberdeenshire is bracing itself for its annual jamboree of contemporary music. The whole concept of sound is extraordinary: around 60 events parcelled into a three-and-a-half-week festival…” – The Scotsman



sound 2009“Only five years ago, the sound Festival was an idea driven by enthusiasm, no more and no less. Today, it is a magnet.” – The Herald



“a festival dedicated to new music [that] is one of Scotland’s true hidden gems in terms of exciting contemporary events.” – The Skinny

sound performances attracted audiences of 5,503 and involved 558 people in talks and workshops as well as 769 schoolchildren. There were 68 performances in 32 venues, 23 open workshops, masterclasses and talks and 15 schools workshops. To find out more, visit:

sound 2008



Providing “Aberdeen’s contemporary music- curious audiences [with] their very own musical field of dreams.” – Scotland on Sunday

sound 2007



“From acoustic performances to electro- acoustic concerts, live electronics events, film, dance, and every style of modern music.” – The Herald

sound 2006



“One of the most daring musical initiatives to hit the North-East, if not all of Scotland, in recent years.” – The Scotsman

sound 2005