Paisley’s Spree festival hits the road popping up in Johnstone, Renfrew, Renfrew and Lochwinnoch Paisley’s Spree festival hits the road popping up in Johnstone, Renfrew, Renfrew and Lochwinnoch
Paisley’s Spree festival is hitting the road – with the Spree for All fringe festival taking some of the area’s finest musical talent to all... Paisley’s Spree festival hits the road popping up in Johnstone, Renfrew, Renfrew and Lochwinnoch

Paisley’s Spree festival is hitting the road – with the Spree for All fringe festival taking some of the area’s finest musical talent to all corners of Renfrewshire.

The events – taking place from 12th to 21st October – includes music, comedy, theatre and much more, totalling 87 shows over 10 days in 17 venues across five towns and villages.

Much of the main Spree action will take place in the iconic Spiegeltent in Paisley’s County Square, with big names such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Lommi appearing in Paisley Town Hall.

But the Spree for All will also see the action spread into pubs and clubs throughout the area.

A series of free shows will bring some of the best musical acts in the area to:

Johnstone’s Hazel Bar (Friday 12th October) with Mandulu & Hephzibah (8pm), Elemental (8.40pm) followed by Lynsey Dolan Band (9.30pm). Presenter Steg G from Sunny Govan Radio will be there to record the live performances for a special Spree for All show to be aired on Sunny G at a later date.

Linwood Bowling Club (Saturday 13th October):  Samba drum workshop (3.30pm-5.30pm) with taster sessions for adults and kids (over P5 age).

Also a fantastic line-up of live music from 7pm- 11pm when Kevin Noon and Mandulu & Hephzibah will be joined by other great local acts still to be announced.

Lochwinnoch’s Lochbarr Leisure Centre (Saturday 13th October): Featuring a samba drum workshops for all ages, a range of live music with local young musicians, a burger/bratwurst stall and a fundraiser bottle stall for the local toddlers group.

1.30pm – Samba Workshop
2.20pm – Adam Dolan
2.50pm – Zoe Tait
3.20pm – Todi
3.50pm – Ariel Sun
4.20pm – Stray Dug
4.50pm – FarrowHawk
5.20pm – Bensider

Hosted by Crawford from Howlin’ Radio and our champion of local youth talent, Gerry McDermott.

In conjunction with Mad Angle Music, Starla Studios, Lochwinnoch Heritage Farmers Market and Lochwinnoch Toddlers.

Renfrew’s Victoria Bar (Saturday 20th October): Samba drum workshop with Mandulu & Hephzibah, Kevin Noon and Lynsey Dolan live. Presenter Steg G from Sunny Govan Radio will be there to record the live performances for a special Spree for All show to be aired on Sunny G at a later date.


Mandulu & Hephzibah, Elemental and Lynsey Dolan Band will play a gig at the Hazel Arms bar in Johnstone Castle

And there’s also a platform for unsigned talent through the Danny Kyle Stage – run in honour of the Paisley folk music legend by Celtic Music FM – which will be in Paisley’s Old Swan Inn each day from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th October.

Other Spree for All highlights include:

  • a series of three late-night DJ nights at Paisley’s Burger&Keg bar (Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October), including the after-party of the ever-popular ModStuff show on the Saturday
  • Lochwinnoch’s McKillop Hall will host the Alistair McCulloch Trio and Howlin’ Radio (Friday 19th October), supported by Lochwinnoch Arts Festival and the local organising committee for Paisley’s Royal National Mod in 2022
  • local promoters Scottish Fiction will host a night in Paisley’s Bungalow Bar (Saturday 13th October) featuring alternative rock acts Foreignfox, Mt Doubt, Acrylic and Home$lice
  • RockUs Community Choir (motto: ‘sing yourself happy’) performing a free afternoon show in the Spiegeltent (Monday 15th October)
  • local singer Johnny Barr will bring his popular open-mic nights to Paisley pubs Burger&Keg (Wednesday 17th October) and Manhattan’s (Thursday 18th October);

The Wee Spree programme of shows for kids also includes Cosmpot – a kids theatre show which will tour Paisley town centre, Foxbar, Johnstone, Renfrew and Linwood over the October school week, while National Theatre of Scotland’s unique Do’s and Don’ts show will take the audience of a tour of Renfrewshire in a special truck.


Photo: Kevin Noon

The Spree is run by Renfrewshire Council, whose head of marketing, communications and events Louisa Mahon said: “The Spree is now a fixture in an annual calendar which has made Paisley one of Scotland’s go-to destinations for major events in recent years.

“And we are delighted to be spreading the benefits around Renfrewshire, with a series of shows taking place in different towns and villages.

“The council’s events programme has already put £1.25m into the area’s economy this year – and with The Spree and the big winter events of Halloween, Fireworks and the Christmas Lights Switch-ons coming up in the next few weeks, that will rise further.”


Photo: Bensider

The Spree festival is now in its seventh year. Acts appearing this year include Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, London African Gospel Choir, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, The Orb, Gang of Four, Wolfgang Flür (ex Kraftwerk), Big Minds, The Wandering Hearts, Tracyanne & Danny, The Pastels, Vieux Farka Touré, The Leisure Society, Duke Special, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Gillebrìde MacMillan, Des Clarke, Janey Goldey and Stuart Mitchell.

Details of full programmes and ticket information for The Spree, The Wee Spree and the Spree for All are available at www.thespree.co.uk or from the festival box office at 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley PA1 1DG.