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Merchant Quarter, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Saturday 16th of November 2019

20:00 - 03:00

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Live Performance


Cheshire-based riff monsters 1968 have been smashing riffs together since 2013, as the name suggests, they pull influences from the death of the summer of love and the realisation that everything wasn't quite as 'peaceful' as it could have been.

Drawing influences from Sabbath, Blue Cheer and riff makers such as Mountain, 1968 are pushing the older sound into modern ears and using volume to ensure that listeners or spectators are left with the feedback, for days.

Having completed their self-titled EP in 2015, the release was added to the Black Bow Records digital label for release on January 15th 2016 and is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Following the success of the first EP and critically acclaimed reviews from the likes of Kerrang! who gave the 4 track EP a 3K review and said...

"This self-titled EP is just 3-songs long, but each one grooves through your bones in classic, sepia-tinged style."

"More powerful than a speeding locomotive!"
Rhythm Magazine

"For riff junkies, this is essential listening"
Realgone Rocks

"Marauder, A fuzz-heavy monster of a track"
Powerplay rock and metal magazine

"Spralling epic of a thing that builds a great wall of sound and smashes it to pieces just for kicks, 9.5/10"
Maximum Volume Music

The bands track 'Conan' from their current EP is featured on a trailer campaign for the Grindhouse production 'Afterlife' the music is set to some of the best snowboarding you will see.

The band have begun work on their debut album to be released in 2016 featuring all of the largest riffs they can find, not to mention pint-smashing volume.

Be sure to catch them live to get the full throat shaking volume.


Venue Type

Tiki Dive Bar

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Aberdeen's only tiki dive bar and the antidote to everything else...

This is a bar where people from all walks of life mingle together. The person sitting on the next barstool might be an accountant, a dentist, a road sweeper, a punk rocker, a dominatrix, or an ambulance driver. Here, it’s who you are that matters, not how you make a living. Like all dives, this is a clandestine haunt, located slightly off the beaten track, where nobody outside of the clientele is likely to notice you coming or going. This is an antidote to reality, a mysterious destination for illicit rendezvous, and forging those unexpected friendships.

The interior is dimly lit in true dive bar fashion, mostly just illuminated by the ethereal glow of neon. The decor and fixtures are functional and hard wearing, yet somehow evocative of an archetypal road movie; this place can get raucous at the weekend, and is built to withstand unrestrained revelry. You don’t have to worry about spilling a drink or scuffing the upholstery, so feel free to let your hair down. People frequent this establishment for a good time. Some may opt to remain in their work clothes, others may choose to dress up, or dress down. Posing is fine, but passing judgement is off limits. While the decor may not be particularly palatial, the selection of music, the surreally exquisite restrooms, and the vast range of exotic drinks more than compensate for that. The Moorings Bar specialises in beer, cider, absinthe, and of course tiki.

Tiki is a sub-genre of cocktail that dates back over 80 years. Tiki is a timeless mix of rum, citrus, sugar, and water. These cocktails are extrovert: big, bold, and outrageously garnished. The mixology is pragmatic, and our tiki recipes stipulate ‘dirty dumps’, where the fractured ice in the shaker forms an intrinsic part of the drink. More reassuringly, whereas conventional cocktails are measured in ounces, Moorings tiki manifests in pints. Due to the quantities of ice used, and the citric acid content, tiki is perhaps the smoothest alcohol delivery system ever conceived, and almost certainly the least hangover inducing. Just don’t lick the flames! Ours is a specialised skill set, and asking our bartenders to make a martini is akin to booking The Temptations to play rockabilly, so please endeavour to stick with the script!

If you’ve ever had a hankering for booze served in a giant skull with half a jungle growing out of it, then this free spirited little dive bar, where everybody minds their own business, is the ideal place to indulge. However… while we may pay lip service to tiki culture, don’t expect a surfboard for a table, or to be served by scantily clad hula girls: fakery ain’t on the menu.

Enjoy your time here. Bask in the freedom, and in the unlikely event that someone enters your orbit uninvited, a nod to the bartender, and the nuisance will be quietly ejected with a minimum of fuss. We don’t care about a person’s attire, the only entry requirements are dignity, decorum, tolerance, and discretion. And never, ever, under ANY circumstances, throw up in the urinal. That’s all we ask. Thank you, we appreciate your patronage.

Plus support from The Ruckus & Bograt, followed by Neon Lounge


2 Trinity Quay,

Merchant Quarter,




AB11 5AA.

01224 587602

Disabled AccessDog FriendlyWi-FiAlcohol ServedReal Ale ServedReal Cider / Scrumpy ServedSpirits ServedCocktails Served

Free Admission

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