Hundreds of music fans have celebrated the return of live music at Scotland’s first festival since lockdown began.

Acts including Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, five-piece band Heron Valley, Inverness outfit Hò-rò, and Moray musician Calum Jones, performed at the socially distanced festival Capers in Cannich on the last weekend of May, with the launch of Scotland’s first festival created in response to Covid-19.

The nine-acre green site near Beauly in Inverness-shire played host to 250 lucky festival-goers, all remaining in their social bubbles while taking in the full glamping experience in fortunately un-festival-like weather.

The four-day event saw campers stationed in colourful luxury bell tents, which included garden and individual space in front of the stage, allowing them to enjoy live entertainment again in a safe environment.

David Blair of Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, who headlined the Friday night, said: “We were all eagerly waiting to play our first festival in 20 months and it was such a joyous feeling playing for real life people again in such a stunning location!

“It was magic getting that live reaction from The Dijon Family and experiencing the irreplaceable feeling of human connection through playing live music.

“We were honoured to play this history-making festival and delighted the team took this important step to get live music going again in Scotland. Massive well done to everyone involved and I will definitely be back for more Capers in Cannich throughout the summer.”

Capers in Cannich Director Karl Falconer said: “Capers in Cannich was designed especially for the world we now live in and we’re over the moon that the opening weekend has been such a roaring success. It’s an incredible feeling to be able to bring live entertainment back to Scotland in a safe environment – it’s a moment to remember.

Capers in Cannich will run throughout the summer, from June to September, with the next weekend, taking place between 11 – 14 June, will see music from Lewis band Face the West, recent Lewis Capaldi support act Mark Sharp & the Bicycle Thieves, ska collective Bombskare, Edinburgh indie band Wrest, and local rock band RANT.

Weekend and day tickets for the remaining Capers in Cannich weekends are on sale now: