Hundreds of culture vultures packed into Aberdeen Music Hall for its grand reopening today.
The historic Union Street venue has been closed since April 2016 and has undergone a £9 million transformation.
Special guest for the day was Fran Healy – frontman of Scottish indie rock band Travis.
The singer and guitarist led a rendition of one of the band’s biggest hits Sing, backed by the Music Hall’s community choir and a crowd of all ages who had gathered in the auditorium.
During the official opening – dubbed the ‘stepping in’ – Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Jane Spiers stood on stage with APA’s chairman Craig Pike.
She said: “Two-and-a-half years ago, Craig and I stood on this stage at midnight on the last night before it closed for the transformation and so it is somewhat fitting that we are stood here again.”
As he took to the stage, Mr Healy said: “I’ve played in a lot of halls and we’ve played here quite a few times and it’s unbelievable what they have done to it. It looks incredible.”
A series of artistic events continues at the hall today until 4pm and the fun continues tomorrow with the Evening Express carol concert.
Among the bands performing at the venue in the coming weeks and months are Texas, Mike and the Mechanics, and Embrace.