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David Stewart MSP Continues His Campaign for The Ironworks Live Music Venue

Talks are still ongoing to try to find a new home for live music events with the closure of The Ironworks in Inverness.

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Local MSP, David Stewart, Labour who has been chairing the talks has been campaigning on the issue since the summertime and his online petition at Change.org entitled “Find a New Home for The Ironworks” is gathering thousands of signatures in support.

He said:

“I have gone to see the minister Fiona Hyslop who’s in charge of Creative Scotland. She has been extremely supportive. This campaign is very much the language that she is talking in other parts of Scotland when she stresses the importance of live music.”

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After the latest round of discussions, Caroline Campbell said Highland Council, HIE, Creative Scotland and High Life Highland, reaffirmed commitments to help her find a new home for the venue.

She said it was “business as usual” for the business, which is continuing to host acts from across the UK and further afield, and the diary was open as normal for bookings.

Caroline Campbell said:

“I am really encouraged by the words of support I am getting from a range of organisations including Highland Council who say they want to do what they can to ensure we can continue to do what we do in another building.

“All the equipment in the Academy Street building is our own and it’s moveable so we can shift to new premises quite easily.”

The Ironworks opened as a live music venue in 2006.

A hotel developer’s plan to build on the site has sparked a search for new premises.

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