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PICTURES: Live music returns to Ironworks in Inverness for the first time since coronavirus lockdown


By Gregor White

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The audience was small but enthusiastic as Torridon took to the stage at the Ironworks in Inverness. Picture: Paul Campbell
The audience was small but enthusiastic as Torridon took to the stage at the Ironworks in Inverness. Picture: Paul Campbell

Folk rock band Torridon performed to a small audience at the Ironworks in Inverness at the weekend.

Torridon on stage. Picture: Paul Campbell
Torridon on stage. Picture: Paul Campbell

The gig on Saturday was Scotland's first indoor live music gig since lockdown was imposed in March.

It was a different experience for the small audience but hopefully a sign of things starting to get back to normal. Picture: Paul Campbell
It was a different experience for the small audience but hopefully a sign of things starting to get back to normal. Picture: Paul Campbell

The performance was allowed as part of the Highlands' tier one rules though social distancing requirements meant the audience was restricted to just 100 people rather than the 1000 the venue could see in normal times.

The sound of the pipes. Picture: Paul Campbell
The sound of the pipes. Picture: Paul Campbell

All members of the audience had to remain seated throughout the gig as well.

The audience was limited to 100 people who had to remain seated for the majority of the event.
The audience was limited to 100 people who had to remain seated for the majority of the event.

Ironworks director Caroline Campbell said: “Live music is back, albeit very differently.

“We are very pleased with how the night went. Everyone that was lucky enough to get a ticket adhered to everything that was asked of them.

“It was great to see life back in the venue after a long eight months and it felt that a degree of normality returned.”

Torridon take to the stage in Inverness's Ironworks for Scotland first, live, indoor gig since lockdown. Picture: Paul Campbell
Torridon take to the stage in Inverness's Ironworks for Scotland first, live, indoor gig since lockdown. Picture: Paul Campbell

Posting on Facebook on Sunday, Torridon said: "What a surreal night last night, we would like to thank everyone there for behaving exceptionally and allowing us all to make history together by being the first SELL OUT live music event indoors in the UK since Covid lockdown.

"The Ironworks venue staff and security excelled in their duties keeping everyone safe, and the crowd were receptive, courteous and absolutely elegant in dancing back and fore to the toilet!!!! (Our highlight to watch).

"Hopefully now, on the back of a hugely successful night we can look forward to the music and event scene progressively opening up so everyone can enjoy live music again."


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