PAISLEY LIVE MUSIC GIG GUIDE – The Spree for All special

6th Oct 2021

Pic: Iona Fyfe plays Monday night at The Danny Kyle Night at The Bungalow.

By Tommy McGrory

Paisley’s popular music and arts festival The Spree returns on Thursday 7 October at the iconic Spiegeltent with Michael Rother, and features a bumper line-up across ten days (Thursday 7 – Saturday 16 October 2021).

More to come from The Bluebells, The Rezillos, Nick Lowe, Kathryn Joseph and Retro Video Club and other top acts coming to the fast-growing festival, which is now in its ninth year. For info go to

Meanwhile, our local venues have put together an amazing amount of gigs together for Spree for All – the fringe event that compliments The Spree.

It kicked off on Thursday night, 7 October in big style with The Marley Experience at The Bungalow and Grant Cherry’s Open Mic at The Cave.

There are loads to get through, so let’s have a look at Friday 8 October and all the way through to next Thursday, then there will be more starting on Friday 15 October.

Friday night, David McKendrick will be at The Old Swan from 5.00pm; March of The Mods which is of course rescheduled from March, is at The Bungalow from 7.00pm: the line up is The Substitutes, The Heeby Jeebies, Skaledonia and Start. There is a live singer at Zambretto from 8.30pm, Midnight Moses will be rocking out at The Cave from 9.00pm, then going late from 9.30pm at The Keg it is Sara ‘n Junbug.

ModStuff is back with again this year on Saturday 9 October from 12.00 noon at The Bungalow. The line up in the free afternoon gig is: The M65s, The Redstarts and Lemon Soul. The evening (ticketed) gig’s bands are: Parliament of Owls, Solid Bond and Absolute Jam. 

Epic are playing at The Old Swan from 4.00pm followed by Kirk Strachan at 8.00pm. The Cave has Monkey Business from 6.00pm and in the later slot at 9.00pm, it is Splendid Suns.

Charlie Gorman will be solo at Zambretto from 8.30pm. Thunder Road is at Harvies from 9.00pm, then at 9.30pm at The Keg it is Johnny Barr and Firebaws.

On Sunday 10 October, Village Live a youth music initiative will be on stage at The Bungalow from 2.00pm. Jumbo Gibson is at The Anchor from 4.30pm, then later at 6.00pm, Nightly is playing at The Cave followed by The Aftershow with Grant Cherry from 9.00pm. The Old Swan has Wreckless on at 6.00pm.

You have two great comedy nights to choose from. First it is Scott Gibson at The Bungalow doors 7.00pm, then later at 9.30pm it is Mark Nelson at The Keg.

On Monday 11 October, The Casual Swans are at The Old Swan from 4.00pm. The Danny Kyle Night is at The Bungalow with a fantastic line up of: Award winning Iona Fyfe, Watt Nichol and Doreen, Charlie Harrigan and Gavin Paterson’s All Star Skiffle Band which includes Alastair McDonald, Joe Quinn, Lajo Gillette and Iain McRury, doors at 7.00pm. There is an Open Mic with Dunky Hunter at The Abbey from 8.00pm and Mya Brown is at The Keg from 9.30pm.

Tuesday 12 October at 2.30pm is a Swing Afternoon at The Old Swan, Hip Hop Night at The Bungalow, doors 7.00pm. Fire Exit and support are at CC’s, doors 7.00pm. At 8pm there is a Special Spree Quiz at The Keg and Andy Lindsay’s Open Mic at The Anchor.

On Wednesday 13 October, Zoe Tait will be playing at The Old Swan from 5.00pm and later at 7.00pm The Bungalow are having a Choir Night with Rockus from 7.00pm. 2Sevens and The Kaplans are at CC’s, doors 7.00pm, and Johnny Barr will be at The Keg from 8.30pm to host their open mic.

Thursday 14 October, Jim Keilt will be fronting the jam session at The Old Swan from 5.00pm then at 6.00pm in The Cave it is Chloe McNeil followed by Zoe Tait at 7.00pm. The Bleeders and Scunnurt will be playing at The Introducing Night in The Bungalow, doors 7.00pm. CC’s are hosting Folk Wi The Patter with Shaun Moore, doors 7.00pm. Open Mic at Gantry is at 9.00pm, then finally live band at The Keg from 9.30pm.

Check out each venue’s Facebook pages for ticket info and start times etc.

The Cave Paisley, 38 New Street, Paisley PA1 1YG
Gantry, 12 New Street, Paisley PA1 1XY
The Old Swan, 20 Smithhills Street, Paisley PA1 1EB
The Bungalow, 15 Shuttle Street, Paisley PA1 1YD
The Keg, 15b Gilmour Street, Paisley PA1 1DD
The Anchor, 23 Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1ES
The Abbey, 8 Lawn Street, Paisley PA1 1HA
Zambretto, 42-46 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AP
Patter Bar, 66-70 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AP
CC’s (Callums Cavern), 66 Old Sneddon Street Paisley PA3 2AP
Burgh Bar, 64 Glasgow Road, Paisley PA1 3PN
RockenRollas, 5 Wellmeadow Street, Paisley PA1 2EF

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