As HMV enters into administration, we look back at the role the Inverness store has had in the local music scene over the last year.

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If video killed the radio star, then the internet can be well and truly accountable for sticking the knife into the record store, and then twisting it around a bit.

Whatever your belief about the business model, or HMV itself, the Inverness store has over the last year had a growing commitment towards local music. Providing an opportunity for local bands to stock their EPs and albums has provided additional income and profile for local acts. Indeed there is something  spiritually cleansing about seeing the likes of ROADWAY, Megan Blyth, Purple Divide in a record store up against the Gaga-Minaj-Bieber-malarky.

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They have hosted a series of acoustic events ranging from Red Hook Rapids to James Mackenzie, even managing to fit in Rachel Sermanni, twice. Fund raising along the way, the Chusking event in conjunction with Nut Productions brought the likes of City in Surveillance, He Slept on 57 and Whisky River Band together to raise money for charity.

If music retailers are going to continue in the high street you can’t help but think that it is by building on the sense of the community, like what was/is being fostered by the Inverness store, that will help them survive.

What ever the future for HMV, and our local store, thanks for 2012.

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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me direct at chris@igi.gs