New music festival to boost Paisley


The Scottish Alternative Music Awards will take over the town next weekend

AFTER the disappointment of missing out on the 2021 UK City of Culture crown, Paisley is set for a boost in the form of a new live music event.


The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) Paisley Takeover festival will see live music, seminars and workshops from some of Scotland’s best emerging talent.

The festival, taking place over the first weekend of March, will feature an opening session of spoken word performances from Shaun Moore and Robert Blair followed by a music showcase from Outlines and Heir of the Cursed at Paisley Arts Centre on the Friday.

Saturday kicks off with a music workshop and Q&A ran by local band The Vegan Leather, later radio presenter Vic Galloway speaks to former Simple Minds manager Bruce Findlay before two panels thrash out questions on exposure and D.I.Y. in the music industry.

Featuring on the panels will be the likes of DJ Jim Gellatly and Tenement TV’s Nadine Walker before Emme Woods plays an in-store session at Feel The Groove Records.

The evening will be topped off by live sets from Pronto Mama (pictured), Siobhan Wilson and SWAY back at the Arts Centre.



Festival manager Richy Muirhead said:”The SAMAs Takeover in March is going to be a great couple of days filled with an exciting events programme.

“We’re delighted to share the full line-up with new additions Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods and loads more!”

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards Paisley Takeover Festival is funded by Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and ran in association with Paisley Arts Centre.

Tickets are still available for both Friday and Saturday evening with registration for the Saturday day events still open and free.

– Pronto Mama picture by Alan K. Gray.


The SAMAs Paisley Takeover festival takes place on March 2 and 3 at Paisley Arts Centre and Feel The Groove Records.

More info and tickets are available here.

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