Paisley is certainly alive with music this autumn. Coming up in October is The Spree, Paisley’s national festival and few could have missed the buzz around the sold-out headline gig – RSNO with Idlewild – who will play in the breathtaking Paisley Abbey on Friday 16 October. But even if you’re disappointed not to get tickets, there are still plenty of musical acts, such as James Grant and Karen Matheson, to entertain you. And if that wasn’t enough, you can also enjoy carnival-style street food and cocktails from the festival sponsors – local firm Saporito and Birra Moretti – with three pop-up bars in the town centre during festival week.

The Bring it all Home festival, which took place 17 to 19 September, was a spectacular event for songwriters and music lovers alike. The festival kicked off with big names from the music industry, such as Ally McCrae, manager of Prides, revealing the hard work and graft of the music scene to aspiring and budding musicians from across the country. But topping the bill was the flagship concert, A Celebration of Scottish Songwriting, featuring the talented Dougie Maclean, Justin Currie and Eddi Reader, to name but a few, who performed in front of a sold-out crowd at Paisley Town Hall.

Both events are part of the push towards the town’s bid forUK City of Culture 2021 and we hope to hold even more events of this calibre.