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WATCH: Full weekend of gigs as three acts take the stage at Inverness Leisure

By Rachel Smart

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The city is set for a full weekend of music, with three large events taking place at Inverness Leisure.

Tomorrow Skerryvore will take to the stage, followed by Abba tribute act Björn Again on Saturday and Callum Beattie on Sunday night.

It is hoped that the weekend full of music will bring people from across the Highlands to the city centre, boosting spending in shops, restaurants and bars in the lead up to Christmas.

Les Kidger, director of LCC Live Events, said: "We've got Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at the Leisure Centre and bringing people in from all over the Highlands and the west of Scotland is great for the city. It's Christmas and it gives that extra dimension and will help boost the tourism trade and the city centre.

"We have people coming down from the islands and Aberdeen and some people are going to all three shows and will make a whole weekend of it."

Les Kidger.
Les Kidger.

Ticket sales for the weekend have been successful with Skerryvore almost sold out, Björn Again very full and Callum Beattie being sold out for weeks.

Callum Beattie is a regular performer in the area, having already played Inverness Ice Centre and Strathpeffer Pavilion this year.

Les said: "Callum's popularity has been growing up here year after year. Himself, his manager and team set about raising his profile and he has a massive following in the Highlands.

"He's never done a stand alone show of this size and he's proved us right by selling out well in advance."

Inverness Leisure is no stranger to live acts, having seen the likes of the Beach Boys, The Proclaimers, Wet Wet Wet and Status Quo all having taken to the stage there over the years.

Björn Again.
Björn Again.

"We try and do at least three or four shows at Inverness Leisure each year, and certainly the December shows are the popular ones," Les said.

The weekend is a positive for LCC Live as a business after it has seen a harder year due to various factors.

Les said: "It's been a challenging year, with the cost-of-living crisis impacting people, and not as many people having the money to spend on gigs.

"We had a challenging year with the Rag'n'Bone Man show being cancelled at the last minute which was difficult and financially very expensive for us.

"But we've picked ourselves up and you've got to just keep going. Our shows for 2024 have been exceptionally busy."

Ministry of Sound Classical, the return of Rag'n'Bone Man and a 25th anniversary concert for Skippinish are just a few of the shows LCC Live has planned for 2024.

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