Upcoming Events


A listing of some of our upcoming 'Good Gig Guide' events is now on the website but keep checking for more entries for the Autumn and don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter if you live in the area. (Enter your email address in the box on this website).Tickets for most events listed below (except films which are pay on the door and not events from an external promoter) will be online at http://www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall (10% booking fee per online ticket), and in the Phoenix Stores (01309 690110 - no fee) usually two or three weeks before each gig.  Phone 01309 691170 for details of any event or for more ticket information. Phone 01309 690110 to actually book tickets at the Phoenix Stores after events are posted. We are getting more events like Eddi Reader or Idlewild that are promoted by others, so details of their tickets and where to buy them will be included in the listing.

The Perfect Spot (Cartoon Theatre)

Saturday 20th Sep, 2:00 pm

Perfect Spot 04 Eagle 300The Perfect Spot is the story of one man's quest for the perfect camping spot – an engaging, comic and highly visual piece entertainment using Cartoon Theatre's unique, blend of live performance and interactive animation. Cartoon Theatre, touring again with this very successful show, have joined forces this time round with Krazy Kat Theatre Company who specialise in sign language arts to make this new accessible version of the show suitable for all the family. Age recommendation 5 +

“Best show we have seen …brilliant” Comments by young audience members

To book online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280190 (10% booking fee)

To see a video trailer for the show click here: https://vimeo.com/102541875

Price: £7 / £6 / £5 U16's (concessions)

Joan Armatrading

Monday 22nd Sep, 7:30 pm

joan-armatrading-banner1With a fantastic back catalogue of songs including Love and Affection, Drop the Pilot and Me Myself I, Joan Armatrading is an iconic figure in British pop music. We are delighted to be one of the smaller and more intimate venues in her major tour this year — her very first as a solo artist. This is a great opportunity to see this wonderful artist up close.



The Time It Takes & Stillspace

Thursday 25th Sep, 8:00 pm

Bodysurf ttit still02An Evening of Live Contemporary Dance Performance and Film presented by Bodysurf Scotland in association with Findhorn Bay Arts Festival. Filmed in South Uist in the summer of 2012, The Time it Takes is the latest work from Highland's award winning video dance makers Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes of Goat. Featuring stunning performances by international dance artists Rosalind Masson, Simon Ellis and Dai Jian, The Time it Takes is a composite montage of dance inspired by the breathtaking landscape and rich history of this most beautiful of Scottish islands. Stillspace is a first-time collaboration between Highland’s dance artist Caroline Reagh (also of traditional dance group Dannsa) and acclaimed musician Patsy Reid. Playful, thoughtful and sometimes surprising, sensitive yet fun, Stillspace aptly showcases the talents of these two writers and performers whose work is deeply embedded in the rich traditions of dance and music.

Please note that tickets can be purchased online at www.findhornbayartsfestival.com or Eden Court Box Office Tel: + 44 (0) 1463 234 234 and not from our usual outlets

Price: £8 / £6 / £4 U18's (concessions)

Eddi Reader

Friday 26th Sep, 7:30 pm

Eddi Reader©genevievestevenson-4One of Scotland's finest and most enduring singer-songwriters, Eddi Reader will forever be associated with Fairground Attraction and the chart topping single Perfect. Her subsequent career has signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. For this concert Eddi will be performing songs from her recently released eighth solo album Vagabond, plus a few old favourites too.

"Eddi's voice is nothing short of miraculous" Glasgow Herald

Support provided by Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault – Formed through an existing musical friendship and rooted in their respective traditions, Calum Stewart (originally from Moray) and Heikki Bourgault explore an inter-Celtic link; marrying old melodies together with new in an inspiring, assertive and dynamic interplay.



Price: £18 / £16 concs / £10 U 18's (concessions)

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick

Sunday 5th Oct, 7:30 pm

Carthy Swarb smGiven a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, this legendary duo's experienced approach lacks none of the fervour of their early days, and brings a maturity born of many years living with the music. Before he joined the legendary Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick worked alongside leading folkies like Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Beryl, teaming up with Martin Carthy in 1966. For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

“Intense and demanding, this is hard core traditional music. Sublime fiddle playing and the passionate delivery of evocative old songs by their ablest interpretor.” Telegraph

To see a video of Martin and Dave click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExNN03K0AmM

To book tickets online click here http://www.wegottickets.com/event/280193 (10% booking fee)

Price: £14 / £12 / £10 U16's (concessions)

Head in the Clouds

Wednesday 8th Oct, 11:00 am

Head in the CloudsCirrus the dog has a serious job: he has to keep watch on the sheep. What to do when they lose themselves, drifting amongst the dancing clouds? How can he help these woolly-headed dreamers get back down to earth? Designed for 0-4 year olds and their families to enjoy together, this is theatre that surrounds with sound, touch and visual treats. Guided by the performers, all audience members are invited to help create the atmosphere and landscape of the story. Theatre Company Ipdip have previously been seen delighting audiences around Scotland and Cumbria, including a sell-out run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Come with your little ones and play! Part of the Moray Feelgood Festival.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283117

Price: £5 / £3 child (concessions)


Monday 13th Oct, 7:30 pm

Idlewild_credit_Simon_MurphyIn anticipation of their eighth studio record (to be released in 2015) Idlewild will tour the Scottish Highlands and Islands in October 2014. These shows (their first in four years) will take an acoustic, stripped back format befitting these intimate and often unique venues. The concerts, including this one at the Universal Hall (who welcomed Roddy Woomble playing as a solo name last year) will give the band the chance to explore their back catalogue, to try out new songs and ideas, and to generally have some fun playing music around this beautiful part of Scotland. Full band electric shows will accompany the album release in 2015.

The Universal Hall is not the promoter for this concert and tickets are available by following the link below and not from our usual outlets.

to see videos of Idlewild click here: https://myspace.com/idlewild/videos

For for this concert only tickets see: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/36004C6CE28655B3

picture: Simon Murphy

Price: £15

Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project

Wednesday 15th Oct, 7:30 pm

Lulo RThe ‘Reinhardt name’ of course refers to Lulo’s world famous grand-uncle, Django, the great gypsy guitarist who created an entirely new way of playing jazz in the 1930′s and 1940′s. Lulo was taught guitar by his father from age 5, and represents one of the most unique voices in gypsy-jazz music today. His Latin-Swing Project combines pure gypsy-swing music with elements of Latin music such as flamenco, tango, and bossa nova. Lulo will be backed at this concert by his 4 piece band.

” … the finest concert of acoustic guitar I have ever seen …” Sydney Morning Herald

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283123

To see a video of Lulo and the Latin Swing Project click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAioEqHulgY

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Rab Noakes & Kathleen MacInnes

Friday 17th Oct, 8:00 pm

Rab & Kathleen no fadeThis unique collaboration between singer-songwriter Rab Noakes and Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes features an evening of Love, Ballads and Murder. They uncover songs which turn up in Scots and Gaelic cultures and combine these with storytelling – both song and stories are performed in Gaelic, Scots and English. Enjoy a memorable evening of entertainment from two consummate artists from different cultures and different generations – Kathleen's vocals in wonderful combination with Rab's guitar.

"… an excellent show from two of this country’s finest songsmiths." The Herald

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283126

To see a video of Rab click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ_pUSVbs0c

To see a video of Kathleen click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja3MHSLRERs&list=PLA0E040B0C5AFABDF

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Wednesday 22nd Oct, 7:30 pm

Gordon BuchananJoin Gordon Buchanan, the highly acclaimed wildlife cameraman and presenter of ‘The bear family and me’ and ‘The Polar Bear family and me’ as he hosts an evening of exciting personal recollections, and lets you into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife. With twenty years experience of traveling across the globe, Gordon has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. Listen to his adventures as he leads you through his life of challenging expeditions and enthralling wildlife experiences. Marvel as he shares his tales alongside his own film footage and brilliant images of all that he has come to face. Have you got any burning wildlife questions? Gordon has travelled the planet – from South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska – and will definitely have some interesting answers! This is a show for any wildlife enthusiast who wants to enjoy the spell-binding stories of the natural world from a man who has experienced danger face to face.

To buy tickets online click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/286911 (10% booking fee)

Price: £14.50 / £12.50 (concessions)

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

Friday 24th Oct, 8:00 pm

Univited Guests publicity shootPresented by Uninvited Guests and Fuel, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart is an intimate performance which combines music and text chosen and written by the audience to create an event which is uniquely personal to those in the room. Using elements of a wedding reception crossed with a radio dedication show, the audience become part of a temporary community in which there is bubbly, toasts and dancing. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Love Letters… has been at the Southbank Centre in London and with the RSC in Stratford. Part of the Moray Feelgood Festival.

"You just can't help but fall in love with it" Guardian *****.

To book online for the show (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283129

Workshop on Thursday 23rd Oct, 3pm to 4.30pm – all welcome

To accompany this tour there will be an informal workshop that will allow participants to spend time thinking and chatting about the people they love and have loved, those they care for and who care about them. Over cups of tea and biscuits the performers will work closely with participants to help them find the words to express their feelings and to write from the heart about husbands, wives, family members or friends. This workshop is intended for those who want to come along to the show and requests and dedications created at the workshop will be used in the performance. Length: 1.5 hours Capacity: 15 – 20. Admission free.

Price: £10 / £8 / £6 U16's (concessions)

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Sunday 26th Oct, 8:00 pm

Nordic FB Hi GGGThe Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise three master fiddle players from three different and very distinctive Nordic regions. Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers' Bid, Boys of the Lough' and 'Session A9) hails from Shetland; Olav Luksengard Mjelva is an award winning fiddle player from Norway; and Anders Hall is an acclaimed exponent of the Swedish fiddle tradition. As The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc they skilfully weave these three traditions together in an atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure. For lovers of great quality fiddle playing this is an unmissable event.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283254

To see a video of The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItykFaVSwoc&index=9&list=PLYXRwhvc2vA5RD23LFIbLcUa3uEVIzfFk

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Rachel Sermanni

Sunday 2nd Nov, 7:30 pm

Rachel S 2Hailing from Carrbridge, Rachel Sermanni is a recent addition to the folk scene, but has already toured with a number of well-known folk and indie artists such as Mumford and Sons, Rumer and Elvis Costello. Influenced by musicians such as Eva Cassidy, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, she was showcased at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow and The Herald, chose her as one of their stars of 2012 — the year she also released her first album, Under Mountains. For this, her first visit to the Universal Hall, Rachel will be joined by Jennifer Austin on the piano and Colin Macleod on the guitar. Her new album Live in Dawson City is released in October 2014. Support will be from Miss Irenie Rose – a young singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis whose voice has drawn comparisons to those of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283292

To see a video of Rachel click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RachelSermanni

Price: £12 / £10 concs/£8 U16s (concessions)

Treacherous Orchestra

Monday 10th Nov, 7:30 pm

Treacherous OrchestraThe Treacherous Orchestra is comprised of some of Scotland's finest musicians. Formed originally to play the Celtic Connections Festival Club, Glasgow, UK in 2004, and with personnel from some of Scotland's most well known Folk/World acts (Peatbog Faeries, Salsa Celtica and the Old Blind Dogs to name but three) they have roared onto the circuit and play their own innovative variation of Scottish traditional music. Their debut album Origins was launched at Celtic Connection in 2012 and this is their first visit to the Universal Hall in this incarnation although many of the musicians have played here with other acts.

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283298

To see a video of Treacherous Orchestra click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q75kT02Qb1o

Price: £16 / £14 / £12 U16's (concessions)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Band

Friday 21st Nov, 8:00 pm

Silnet film graeme 3cabinet-of-dr.-caligari-corridorAn evening with a difference: a famous and ground-breaking silent film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari projected on our big screen complete with a live accompaniment from award winning guitarist and composer Graeme Stephen. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is the newly-restored German expressionist masterpiece from 1920 directed by Robert Wiene. To provide the live music, Graeme will be backed by his brilliant and talented jazz trio comprising Martin Kershaw, Saxophone; Mario Caribe, Bass; and Tom Bancroft, Drums. Graeme won the Innovation Award for his Score to the classic Silent film Sunrise and Instrumentalist of the Year award at the Scottish jazz awards.

"Graeme Stephen again underlined the qualities that make him a player on the international jazz stage with his latest project, in which he created the soundtrack to a silent movie." The Herald

To book online (10% booking fee) click here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/283301

Price: £10 / £8 / £6 U16's (concessions)