David Stewart has been campaigning since the summertime to find a new home for The Ironworks live music venue in Inverness. There are plans, yet to be approved, to transform the Academy Street site into a hotel. So far, nearly 3000 people have supported Stewart’s online petition and his campaign has been backed by former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro.
Stewart’s working group of agencies will meet for the second time next week. And now, in the latest in a long line of work on the issue, Stewart this week met with Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop in Parliament to discuss the ongoing issue.
Commenting after the meeting, Stewart said:
“I asked for a meeting with the Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop because The Ironworks desperately needs her government’s support to secure its future, and I was delighted to pick up from our meeting this week a very positive sense that she is doing everything she can to open doors to opportunities. She knows grass roots music venues are disappearing at an alarming rate and that the loss of The Ironworks would speak volumes about the SNPs success at making sure areas like Inverness and the wider Highlands & Islands retain their creativity and culture vibrancy and continue boosting their night-time economies.
“There are still some practical things that we still need to get in place to help The Ironworks secure a new home, but I’m delighted with the fantastic support from all the agencies and I’ll be drawing everyone together at the end of next week for our second round of formal discussions. We all have the same objective in mind.”
“The Ironworks is important because it is committed to championing the new, local talent that relies on its 1000-capacity performance space to hone their skills. And I’m told its demise could even affect the area’s booming summer festival circuit because it is The Ironworks that is anchoring bands all-year-round and keeping that valuable network strong and contacts flowing.”
“We all need to show our support to keep this vital venue going.