The Spree, Paisley’s national festival begins today The Spree, Paisley’s national festival begins today
A host of big-name music and comedy acts are on their way to Paisley today, as part of the annual Spree festival. Some tickets... The Spree, Paisley’s national festival begins today

A host of big-name music and comedy acts are on their way to Paisley today, as part of the annual Spree festival.

Some tickets are still on sale for some events for the third edition of the Renfrewshire Council-run event that starts today and ends on 18th October – which will see the return of the iconic Spiegeltent to the town centre to host the bulk of the shows.

The centrepiece of the ten-day festival will be a one-off collaboration – now sold out – between King Creosote, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Friday 17th October.

The gig –in the stunning setting of Paisley Abbey – will see both acts play sets backed by the orchestra, and follows a rapturously-received show at the same venue during last year’s festival with the RSNO, Admiral Fallow and The Twilight Sad.

The Spigeltent will host Scottish folk legend Dougie Maclean on Friday 10th October – fresh from performing for a global TV audience of 1 billion during the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The festival will close with a Scottish Album of the Year Showcase on Saturday 18th October headlined by award winners and Edinburgh hip-hop stars Young Fathers, plus fellow nominees Kid Canaveral and Hector Bizerk.

The bill is also big on laughs, with 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Russell Kanebringing his new show Smallness to Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 15th October.

Other big-name comics set to appear include Scotland’s very own ‘half-man half-Xbox’Daniel Sloss in Paisley Arts Centre, and Spree festival favourite Craig Hill in the Spiegeltent.

There will also be two editions of the regular Buddy Good Laugh comedy nights run by Dead Sheep Comedy during The Spree, headlined by TV regulars Jo Caulfield and Mark Nelson.

Other musical highlights include indie-rockers Withered Hand and Merrymouth(fronted by ex-Ocean Colour Scene singer Simon Fowler), as well as veteran songwriterRab Noakes.

There will also be some award-winning traditional music thanks to Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson with Salthouse, as well as the return of the Danny Kyle Open Stage made famous by Celtic Connections.

The Spree will also feature plenty for children during the October break too, with Kids’ Comedy shows oplus free author events for kids in Paisley Central Library.

The festival will run alongside the opening weekend of the Brick Wonders Lego exhibition at Paisley Museum, which will feature the natural ancient and modern marvels of the world, created by Lego artist Warren Elsmore.

To see the full bill – which also includes film, theatre, community and local history events and even a hypnotist – visit The Spree website now.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now via The Spree website. You can also call the Renfrewshire Arts and Museums box office on 0300 300 1210, or book in person at Paisley Arts Centre in New Street Paisley, PA1 1EZ.