For almost 12 years, The Ironworks in Inverness has been at the heart of the music scene in the Highlands of Scotland.  The purpose built venue has a state of the art set up as well as a highly skilled, dedicated and passionate team behind the scenes.

Artists from across the world have performed on the Ironworks stage including P.I.L, Van Morrison, Biffy Clyro, Babyshambles, Mumford and Sons as well as showcasing local talent and grass roots acts.

Last year there was a controversial plan by developers to demolish the Ironworks to make way for a multi-million pound hotel.  Thankfully good news came at the end of 2020 when councillors dropped the planning proposal in the bin, providing the much loved venue with a stay of execution.  This allowed the Ironworks to move forward and start planning for the future whilst safeguarding jobs. The news was preceded by the venue staging the the first ever live gig in Scotland since the March 2020 lockdown.  But the second coronavirus lockdown has, as with every other venue cast another shadow over live music and music venues.

Ironworks brings clear financial and social benefits to the local economy through their shows, events and workshops etc. It also benefits wider communities throughout the Highlands and Islands as touring artists use Ironworks as a base to take their tour to areas that would have been otherwise not viable. It’s the beating heart of of the highland music scene.

The Ironworks is a venue that we hold close to our hearts, not just because of the gigs and memorable nights out but we developed good friendships with those who have worked there past and present.  It’s more than a  music venue, it’s a community.

We miss live music and we miss the Ironworks. See you soon!

All photos by Al Donnelly and Jamie Macdonald as indicated.