MAGIC Numbers' Romeo Stodart is looking forward to a warmer gig if not a warmer reception when the Mercury Prize nominated band return to Inverness next week.
"The last time we were up there, it was pouring rain, as well as freezing, but it was still cool," Romeo recalled.
That was when the band, comprising Romeo and his sister Michelle and the Magic Numbers' other brother-sister pairing in Sean and Angela Gannon, were headlining the Highland Capital's Hogmanay celebrations at the Northern Meeting Park.
This time the band, who have also been headliners at the nearby Belladrum Festival, are going indoors for their first ever visit to the city's Ironworks music venue.
That will not be the only dfference, however.
Thursday's show will see the Magic Numbers unplug as part of their first ever acoustic tour - possibily a reaction, Romeo suggests to the "widescreen" sound of the London group's forthcoming latest album.
"Over the years we’ve done the odd acoustic radio session or show like that and always enjoyed it, but then we thought: Hey! We’ve never done an acoustic tour before," Romeo said.
Playing the more familiar Magic Numbers songs in stripped down fashion has been something of an eye-opener for the band as they discover which songs translate well to that format, and which ones do not.
"Not everything is going to need to have percussion. We’re taking a small kit, but there will be loads of songs that I just want to do piano or just acoustic guitar between the three of us, so Sean, our drummer, might have to sit that out," Romeo added.
"But he’s cool with that — he’ll just go for a smoke."
• The Magic Numbers, with support from The Goldheart Assembly and Dorec-a-Belle, appear at The Ironworks, Academy Street, Inverness, on Thursday.