Scotland: Return of the Gig

To say we’re missing live music is an understatement but here’s hoping this could be a big turning point…

Inverness’ Ironworks venue hosted what is claimed to be Scotland’s first official live gig since March.

A total of 98 people were (seated) in attendance to see folk rock band Torridon and whilst it’s not exactly the perfect scenario - it’s a step in the right direction!

Speaking before the gig to a local media outlet, Ironworks director Caroline Campbell spoke about her excitement but did note “it will take a long time for things to go back to the way we knew them.”

She said: “We are hopeful that we can get the ball rolling for the industry with baby steps with everyone’s safety being paramount to any other objective.”

Since the Highlands are categorised as level one under the COVID local protections, this gives the opportunity for venues to host indoor live events.

All attendees must be seated throughout, follow social distancing regulations and the hosts must ensure track and trace measures are in place.

Upcoming events at the Ironworks include Davy and Sam Cowan Under Lockdown on November 28, Lock-in-Live with Calum MacPhail and Sean Cousins from Ho-Ro on December 12.

Campbell summarised: “Music is a part of life, and live music in particular will never die. The music industry has suffered greatly over the past months and all we can hope for is a brighter 2021.”