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Arts / Revellers gear up for long-awaited standing gig

The Revellers at the 2015 Shetland Folk Festival. Photo: Dale Smith

ONE OF Shetland’s leading party bands, The Revellers, are gearing up for their first live show in nearly two and a half years this autumn.

The popular folk-rock outfit will take to the stage at the refurbished Lerwick Legion on Saturday 30 October in what is thought to be the first major indoor standing gig in Shetland since before the pandemic.

It will be the Revellers’ first live action since the 2019 Orkney Folk Festival.

Mandolin and banjo player Lewie Peterson said the band understood that following 18 months of Covid-19 restrictions doing standing concerts “still feels strange and some folk may be a bit apprehensive”.

Accordingly, numbers for the gig will be limited to 180 – slightly below capacity – and folk will be asked to provide track-and-trace details, while attendees may also be required to produce a Covid-19 vaccine passport.

People are also being encouraged to take a lateral flow test on the day too.

Support on the night will come from local DJ Lyall Halcrow and with the gig taking place the night before Hallowe’en the band are expecting “plenty of guizers”.

“Since we’ve been able to practice as a group we have been itching to play to an audience,” Lewie said.

“It will have been over two years since our last live standing gig.

“We are currently working on album number three and all feeling really motivated doing that. Really hope folk can make it along.

“It will be slightly strange having a crowd again but there will be protocols we are taking and hopefully folk follow as best they can.”

Tickets are now on sale priced £15 from the Lerwick Legion (opening hours Tuesday and Thursday 6pm-midnight, Friday and Saturday 1pm-1am).

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