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Inverness venue ready for the return of live music


By Calum MacLeod

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Singer Colleen Murphy will be one of the first singers to appear at The Botanic House when live entertainment resumes this weekend.
Singer Colleen Murphy will be one of the first singers to appear at The Botanic House when live entertainment resumes this weekend.

Live music is returning to another city venue this weekend as The Botanic House gets ready to welcome back performers and music fans.

The Castle Street venue, which first opened just over a year ago, has had strict Covid rules, regulations and procedures in place since its post-lockdown return in September.

Further precautions have now been taken, including social distancing at all times within the venue to allow a return to live music.

The news will be welcomed by local acts, many of whom have been out of work for up to nine months.

“We are really excited to get live music back into The Botanic, as a live music and entertainment venue,” general manager Tom Wilding said.

“The past months have been challenging with the constantly changing restrictions. In true Highland spirit though, we have risen to the challenge, reinventing ourselves to give our loyal customers a great venue with new and exciting food and drink options to enjoy.”

Gigs are planned until the end of the year, starting with solo performances from Colleen and Diane. The future line-up will also feature local musician Calum Jones, as well as duo Ben and Emily.

“We have lots of exciting things to come including expanding our food offering, and of course we hope to bring more and more great live entertainment in a safe and welcoming environment,” Mr Wilding added.

This weekend will also have a bonus performance from Inverness DJ Kai Logan.

Last month fellow Inverness venue The Ironworks held what was believed to be the first live indoor show in Scotland since the imposition of lockdown in March when folk-rock band Torridon performed to a socially distanced audience of 100 people.


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