Renfrewshire Council

The Spree festival returns to Paisley next week

Paisley's popular music and comedy festival The Spree returns next week for its tenth edition.

The thrilling 10-day programme of events will take place at the iconic Spiegeltent in the town's Bridge Street from Thursday 1 - Saturday 10 September.

Shows featuring Scottish folk rock favourites Tide Lines (1 September), Ocean Colour Scene legends Simon and Oscar (2 September) and Norman Blake, Bernard Butler and James Grant (5 September) have already sold out.

The Spree 2022 - Tide Lines  The opening Saturday (3 September) will see an all-day festival-within-a-festival in the Spiegeltent as local charity LNP Promotions stage the popular ModStuff, featuring live music and the spectacular scooter ride out.

'Desert blues' pioneers Tinariwen bring their blend of Hendrix-influenced guitar and West African music to Paisley for their only Scottish show of 2022 (4 September). The Spiegeltent will also host a Sunday Jazz Brunch with Rose Room.

There's a fab night in store when The Bootleg Beatles recreate the much-loved hits of the most famous band of them all (6 September).

Long-time friends Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes come together for an eagerly- anticipated evening of old songs, new songs, happy songs and blue songs (7 September).

Singer-songwriter Horse McDonald will perform a special acoustic show for festival-goers (8 September).

The Spree 2022 act - Altered Images

Scottish new wave band Altered Images celebrate the release of new album Mascara Streakz - their first for almost 40 years - with their UK tour beginning at The Spree (9 September).

This year's festival comes to a close (10 September) with afternoon comedy from the fantastic Susie McCabe and an evening show from exciting Manchester indie outfit The Slow Readers Club.

There's still time to get your hands on the last remaining tickets for shows at www.thespree.co.uk or in-person from the festival box office at InCube Shop, 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley.

Clare Grogan, lead singer of Altered Images, said: "Having spent much of my youth at the Bungalow Bar, Paisley, watching and playing music, I can't wait to finally return to this amazing town to do my thing alongside the other incredible artists taking part at The Spree. It's certainly been a while but it's going to be worth the wait - I'm thrilled to have been asked."

Organised by Renfrewshire Council, The Spree is one of the flagship events in the area's annual programme. The festival is programmed once again for 2022 by Regular Music.

Music fans can also enjoy Spree for All fringe festival events in Renfrewshire towns and villages across 1 - 11 September. Live music and open nights will take place at venues in Paisley, Renfrew, Johnstone, Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch alongside the main Spree festival programme.

The popular Wee Spree programme of events for kids and families will take place from 15 - 23 October to coincide with the school holidays, including a number of free workshops and activities. Tickets for all events at the Wee Spree are available now.

For ticket information and more on The Spree, Spree for All and Wee Spree, visit www.thespree.co.uk

Published on Monday 22 August.