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Nabihah Iqbal


RRS Discovery
Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA

The Arctic Bar
5 New Inn Entry, Dundee, DD1 1SB


RRS Discovery: 7pm–10pm Arctic Bar: 11pm–2am


About the Work

Nabihah Iqbal presents a musical take-over of two iconic and polar venues in the city - RRS Discovery and the Arctic Bar.

From 7pm–10pm performances will redefine Discovery’s decks through sound. The programme features a hybrid traditional/experimental bagpipe performance by Scottish musician and electronic music producer CAIN; Fiscal Harm - one of the many musical projects of Aldous RH - undertakes an experimental saxophone set; avant garde string duo Balladeste features Tara Franks on cello and Preetha Narayanan on violin, and Nick Hann combines experimental music with Scottish folk.

From 11pm the event moves to the Arctic Bar for a full-on dance party, where Iqbal is joined on the decks by Ursula Holliday - one half of punk band Skinny Girl Diet and co-presenter of the Holliday Show on NTS Radio - and Richard and Spencer - the living legends of Scotland's electronic music scene behind the Numbers record label and Glasgow’s iconic Rubabdub music and record shop.

Iqbal is honoured to be collaborating with Messenger Sound System for the Arctic Bar party - one of the oldest dub sound systems in Scotland, established in 1987 and still going strong.

About the Artist

Nabihah Iqbal is a musician, broadcaster and DJ working in an extensive range of artistic and professional contexts. She has hosted radio shows on NTS since 2013, frequently appearing across BBC networks since 2018, and has toured the world as both a live act and DJ. She has collaborated with artist Zhang Ding, been commissioned to compose music for the Turner Prize, collaborated with Wolfgang Tillmans as part of his Tate Modern exhibition, and was recently involved in a group performance at the Barbican as part of its major Basquiat retrospective. In 2022 she was commissioned for the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Sessions. Iqbal is a practising artist-in-residence at Somerset House, and is guest director for Brighton Festival 2023. Her second album, ‘Dreamer’ was released on Ninja Tune on 28 April 2023.

Instagram: @nabihahiqbal

Twitter: @nabihahiqbal

About the Venue

Discovery Point is home to RRS Discovery. This award-winning visitor attraction tells the story of the iconic ship ‘Discovery’ from her beginnings in Dundee, her amazing Antarctic expedition with Captain Scott and her voyages and uses thereafter. Through extensive galleries, video and film shows, interactives and artefacts, Discovery Point is a fascinating visitor attraction which appeals to all ages. Discovery Point is a fully Accredited museum with Recognised collections of National Significance, has won numerous awards and is a 5-star accredited Visitor Attraction with VisitScotland. RRS Discovery is listed on the UK Core Collections of important vessels drawn up by the National Historic Ships Committee, the only scientific vessel on the list.

Taking us from the Antarctic to the Arctic, the Arctic Bar is a cosy and atmospheric pub located 'up the pend', near Dundee’s City Square. One of the oldest pubs in the city, the bar displays an array of documents and relics that highlight Dundee’s connection to Arctic exploration, as well as the city’s long affinity for drinking and hospitality. The Arctic theme emerges from Dundee’s somewhat murkier Arctic past, as historically whalers would collect their wages from behind the bar.

Extra info

  • This commission is split across two venues, starting at RRS Discovery, and moving afterwards to the Arctic Bar as a late night venue (over 18’s only).
  • Audiences are encouraged to enjoy the performances at Discovery from either deck or land, but please note that as RRS Discovery is a historic ship, full wheelchair or pram access on deck is not possible.

Image credits: Nabihah Iqbal portraits, Joseph Hayes; RRS Discovery venue images, Discovery Point and John Pow.



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