Colonel Mustard and The Dijon 5 kick off the opening night at Capers In Cannich – the first music festival in Scotland since the lockdown in March 2020

It’s the first of its kind since the lockdown began in March 2020 – a potential blueprint for the industry to study and adapt when it begins the long way back.

Running in the heart of the Highlands this weekend, it was launched in direct response to the pandemic that put Scotland’s entire live music scene on hold for more than a year and which continues to affect plans for concerts and festivals both large and small .

Around 250 people went to the green meadow of the Invercannich Farm near Beauly for a weekend with glamping and live music – all of them socially distant.

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Socially distant bells at Capers In Cannich

The multi-colored bell tents were spaced apart, giving everyone space to relax in their bubbles, while bales of hay in front of the stage allowed fans to enjoy the music while still in their own groups.

Food and drink were ordered and delivered via an app, while afternoons were devoted to exploring the countryside or enjoying anything from yoga to felt-making.

And all of this in the perfect setting on the Beauly River.

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A month long festival in the open-air pop-up theater in Glasgow …Gordon James and The Power Soundcheck before Capers In Cannich opens

The event also caught the imagination of locals. A row took advantage of the hill opposite the stage to watch what was going on for free.

Morayshire band Gordon James And The Power had the honor of opening the event, which was led by festival favorites Colonel Mustard and The Dijon Five. Bein Uist also brought reels and jigs from the Isle of Uist.

“Jig, Sleep, Sip, Repeat” was the mantra on the stage side of the giant posters – one that every festival-goer will be very familiar with, and the organizers and staff went out of their way to provide everything the visitors needed

The first fans come to the glamping festival Capers In Cannich

In addition to the joy of hearing live music again, Capers In Cannich offered an insight into how festivals can be held safely and entertainingly.

This weekend is also the first of eight summer weekends.

Capers In Cannich is humble in scale but brave in ambition and has taken the first important step towards normalcy …

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