Renfrewshire Council

The Spree festival (13 - 24 October)

Paisley's national festival returns with another fantastic bill of music, comedy, film, theatre and much, much more packed into various venues across town from 13 - 24 October.

Keep your eye on The Spree website for all the latest festival news. You can buy tickets now via the website, over the phone on 0300 300 1210 or in person from the InCube Shop, 9b Gilmour Street, or from Paisley Arts Centre, New Street.

Click on each of these show titles to find out more and to buy tickets.

Interested in playing at The Spree? The Danny Kyle Open Stage is our festival showcase for unsigned musical talent - details of how to apply are available on The Spree website.

Friday 13 October

Opening Concert: A Musical Tapestry featuring Ross Ainslie, Blue Rose Code and Angus Lyon
The Spree twins with one of India's most prestigious festivals, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), in a celebration of friendship and a musical collaboration weaving together traditional music from India and Scotland.
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £12/£10

Banks Night/Espedair Street
Hosted by Alan Bissett,the inaugural 'Banks Night' is a celebration of the much-missed Iain Banks on the 30th anniversary of his classic Paisley-based novel Espedair Street. 
Paisley Town Hall, 7.30pm, £20 (includes a dram and a Banks-inspired two-course meal)

Friday Night Comedy from the Spiegeltent
In association with Gilded Balloon, we bring you four of the best comedians on the Scottish circuit for a night of guaranteed laughs.
Spiegeltent, 9.30pm, £10

Saturday 14 October

Operation Paisley - Alien Pursuit
Big Telly Theatre Company presents an interactive game (part treasure hunt, part immersive theatre) led by actors, traders and volunteers, using multiple locations across Paisley. Are you game? Suitable for ages 7+
Paisley Arts Centre, starts every 10 mins from 10am - 5pm, £3 (£1 for under 16s)

Yola Carter and Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Bringing a bit of Americana to The Spree are these two superb acts - Yola Carter, winner at the UK Americana Music Awards 2016, and Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards all the way from Boston, Massachusetts.
Spiegeltent, 7.30pm, £12/£10

Sunday 15 October

 

Lost in France (cert. 15)
A documentary by Irish director Niall McCann, Lost in France explores the rise of Scotland's independent music scene in the 90s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground.
Paisley Arts Centre, 1pm, £5/£3

Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert
Two of our favourite acts on the Chemikal Underground roster return to The Spree and share a bill in the intimate surroundings of Paisley Arts Centre.
Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm, £14/£12

Sharon Shannon and Fara
Multiple award-winning Irish artist Sharon Shannon will share a stage with Fara, finalists from this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk awards, who hail from the Orkney isles.
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £14/£12

 

Monday 16 October

West College Scotland Music Showcase
The Paisley-based music students will programme a mix of musical styles, with both solo and group performances - and you'll be amazed how high the standard is!
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £5

Tuesday 17 October

Frightened Rabbit with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO)
Performing in the stunning surrounding of Paisley Abbey in a unique collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, this show from one of Scotland's most beloved musical exports will be a festival highlight.
Paisley Abbey, 7pm, SOLD OUT

Renfrewshire Calling
In keeping with the Spree's theme of friendship, several youth music groups throughout Renfrewshire will curate a showcase of young songwriters from the area.
Spiegeltent, 7.30pm, £5

Mad to Be Normal (Cert.15)
This fascinating film reveals the story of R.D. Laing, the famous psychiatrist and one of Scotland's greatest ever minds. Starring David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss and Gabriel Byrne. Presented in partnership with Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm, £5/£3

Wednesday 18 October

Dougie MacLean with special guests De Temps Antan
One of Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriters and a national musical treasure, Dougie MacLean, will share the Spiegeltent with De Temps Antan from Quebec.
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £16/£14

Reclaim this Script
Flint and Pitch present an evening of spoken word, music and provocations, in association with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm, £6

Thursday 19 October

BBC Radio Scotland's The Janice Forsyth Show from The Spree
Provocative discussions, inspiring guests and news about trends, fashion, music, theatre and art as Janice Forsyth brings her popular BBC Radio Scotland show to Paisley.
Spiegeltent, 1.30pm, Free (ticket ballot details to be announced in September)

BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway Show from The Spree
Vic returns to The Spree for another live broadcast of his show. Expect some very special guests...
Spiegeltent, 8pm, Free (ticket ballot details to be announced in September)

Friday 20 October

Rocket Post
Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, this fantastically fun new show for everyone aged six and over is a raucous mix of songs and storytelling. Ticket holders can also attend a free family workshop beforehand.
Paisley Arts Centre, 2pm, £6/£4

BREWBAND
Join Marc Brew Company for a show which blurs boundaries and challenges people's perceptions of identity - a meld of indie rock music with Marc's distinctive choreography.
Paisley Town Hall, 7pm, £10/£6

Paolo Nutini
Paisley's own musical star will play a one-off homecoming charity show in the stunning surroundings of Paisley Abbey to back the town's UK City of Culture 2021 bid.
Paisley Abbey, 7.30pm, SOLD OUT

Friday Night Comedy from the Spiegeltent
In association with Gilded Balloon, another four of the best comedians on the Scottish circuit who will have you in stitches!
Spiegeltent, 9.30pm, £10

Breabach and Friends with Kris Drever and Talisk
One of Scotland's widest travelled folk acts in recent years, the multi-award winning Breabach head up a triple bill of some of the country's finest, world class musicians. 
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £14/£12

Saturday 21 October

Rocket Post
Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, this fantastically fun new show for everyone aged six and over is a raucous mix of songs and storytelling. Ticket holders can also attend a free family workshop beforehand.
Paisley Arts Centre, 2pm, £6/£4

ModStuff: Afternoon Show with Scooter Ride-out
Now in its fifth year, ModStuff from LNP Promotions brings you an afternoon of top entertainment - for free! This year, the team are working in partnership with Paisley Vespa Scooter Club to raise funds for Renfrewshire Carers Centre.
Spiegeltent, 12pm, Free

ModStuff: Evening Show
DJ Gerry McGuire will play the best of ska, Mod and Northern Soul before The Style Councillors, The Sell Out and START! take to the Spiegeltent stage.
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £12

James Grant presents Paisley the Untold Story
Renowned singer-songwriter and frontman of Love and Money, James Grant, will curate a very special show centred around the untold story of Paisley.
Paisley Abbey, 7.30pm, £16/£14

Sunday 22 October

Lost Map: Strange Invitation
A gathering together of artists from the Lost Map roster - a secret brew of musicians, DJs and good pals - for rare stripped back performances, spread across a Sunday afternoon into evening. 
Paisley Arts Centre, 5pm, £14/£12

ModStuff Northern Soul Sunday
For one night only, the Spiegeltent becomes the Wigan Casino as the ModStuff team bring you this fantastic celebration of Northern Soul!
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £8

Monday 23 October

Paisley 2021 Album Launch
Brought to you by Brick Lane Studios and featuring 12 great Paisley acts performing 12 specially-written tracks celebrating their town's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, this launch night is not to be missed.
Spiegeltent, 7pm, £10 (includes free copy of the Paisley 2021 album)

Tuesday 24 October

Without A Hitch
'Hip hop, ya don't stop' - but all good things must come to an end. Without a Hitch follows the downward spiral of a four man b-boy crew as ambition, jealousy and frustration manifest in a group struggling to move in the same direction.
Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm, £10/£6

 

 

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