Renfrewshire Council


The Spree is back!

Renfrewshire's annual Spree Festival returns to Paisley in just a couple of weeks and brings with it eight days of music, comedy, theatre and arts.

This is the seventh year of the festival and the line-up is looking fantastic!

I'm looking forward to welcoming our headline act, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, to Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 20 October who I'm sure will wow our audience. They'll be accompanied by the London African Gospel Choir who will perform the critically acclaimed Paul Simon's Graceland. There are still a few tickets remaining so make sure you don't miss out!

Paisley has a strong link with punk music. In the late 1970s many cities across the UK began to impose bans on punk groups playing their venues - including Glasgow. Paisley, thankfully, was just outside the city limits and fans flocked to the town to see their punk favourites. This year's Spree programme highlights this with the inclusion of Gang of Four to the programme in the iconic Spiegeltent on Friday 19 October.

Of course, we can't forget the kids, and there's something for all the family this year at The Wee Spree.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be coming to town on Thursday 18 October for a fun day inspired by Julia Donaldson's story Room on the Broom. It promises to bewitch young and old alike - just in time for Halloween!

2018 is all about the young people and the National Theatre of Scotland are bringing a unique production to Paisley as part of Futureproof - a new festival of ten productions across the country to mark Scotland's Year of Young People 2018. Do's and Don'ts has been created by the young people of Paisley and sees audiences taken on a journey around Renfrewshire in a lorry.

There's a huge selection of shows on offer and the atmosphere in the town is always amazing. There's no excuse for not joining in the fun so come along and try something different.

I can't wait to see you all there!



Published 28 September