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PICTURES: Readers share their best Ironworks Venue memories after the first anniversary of its closure

By Craig McLean

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Crowds at the Ironworks
Crowds at the Ironworks

Readers have taken a trip down memory lane as the first anniversary of the closure of the Ironworks Venue in Inverness passed by this week.

The venue was bought over and approved to be turned into a hotel and closed its doors for the final time in February 2023.

Readers have been reliving nostalgia from the venue a year on from the final gig, remembering the wide variety of performers who came to the Highlands over the years.

Peter Mitchell said: “Lewis Capaldi, Feeder, Idlewild, Machine Head, Bloodhound Gang , The Streets to name but few.

“Still so sad to lose the only Highland music venue that held so many memories for us in these parts.”

Martin Mackintosh recalled his favourite performances whilst echoing Peter’s sadness at the gap the venue’s closure has left.

“Aw man, UFO, The Stranglers, Airbourne (twice, should've been three), Machine Head, Black Star Riders, Wednesday 13, Feeder..the list goes on.

“And no plans to get anything like it to replace it, a massive hole in the entertainment industry for Inverness.”

Graham Newlands added to the list of acts from over the years and says he misses having such close access to see frequent gigs.

“Being able to go and see a decent gig without 6 hours on a train and a night in a hotel. “Kasabian, Primal Scream, Charlatans, OCS, Vitalic, Alabama3 amongst others.”

Other readers mentioned performances from Van Morrison, Gerry Cinammon, Calvin Harris, The Libertines and Mumford and Sons, who infamously had locals queuing on Academy Street overnight for tickets.

Looking forward, the team behind the Ironworks Venue have partnered with Elephant Sessions and the Black Isle Brewery to launch "Black Isle Calling – Live at the Brewery" which will be delighting music fans in September 2024.

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