The countdown is on until this year’s Spree festival – with the iconic Spiegeltent having today reappeared in the town centre.

The distinctive ‘hall of mirrors’ has been a feature of previous Sprees – the festival is now in its third year – and is back in County Square to host the bulk of the shows.

The festival gets under way on Friday 10 October and will run until Saturday 18th, with more than 60 shows taking place in various venues around the town.

A top-notch line-up of music, comedy and much more is on its way – and festival-goers can also now buy tickets in person from the box office at 9b Gilmour Street.

The newly-opened box office will be staffed during the festival and is available for anybody to pop in and pick up a free guide to all the shows.

Headline music shows for this year’s festival include Dougie MacLean, Young Fathers, Withered Hand, and Merrymouth, featuring Ocean Colour Scene frontman Simon Fowler.

The centrepiece music show is a collaboration in Paisley Abbey between King Creosote, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire and the RSNO, which has already sold out.

There will also be comedy from Russell Kane, Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, Jo Caulfield and more, as well as a stage hypnotist and theatre and film events.

There is also a full programme of events for children to give kids something to do during the October break, many of which are free.

The full bill for the festival – organised by Renfrewshire Council – can be seen now at

The festival has been timed to coincide with the opening of the Brick Wonders LEGO exhibition, which will run until February and sees some of the world’s ancient, modern and natural marvels recreated in LEGO.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Spree is one of the flagship cultural events in the local calendar and we are delighted to be able to host big-name entertainment here in the town centre.

“There will be loads going on over the next week or so – I would encourage residents to check out the bill for themselves at

“Earlier this year the council unveiled ambitious plans to use culture and heritage to drive a programme of wide-ranging regeneration over the next decade, and hosting more events like this will be a big part of that.”