New Scottish Alternative Music Awards festival comes to Paisley

Thursday 18th January, 2018

Top Scottish music talent will be coming to town for the SAMAs – Paisley Takeover 2018 on March 2 and 3.

Some of the brightest talent in the Scottish music scene will take over Paisley as part of a brand new music event to the town.

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) – Paisley Takeover 2018 will bring a two-day showcase and celebration of grassroots music to the town on March 2 and 3.

The festival will see a number of bands perform live sets at various Paisley venues, including Paisley Arts Centre and popular record store Feel The Groove.

The events will give festival-goers an insight into the music industry and will also include a series of seminars and speakers covering topics such as ‘How to do D.I.Y Music in 2018’ and ‘When is the best time to showcase yourself to the music industry?’.

Paisley’s own disco-synth quartet The Vegan Leather are the first act to be announced for the festival.

The group will host a song writing workshop and special Q&A session at Paisley Arts Centre to reveal the secrets behind their signature pop sound.

Paisley Takeover 2018 is being funded by Renfrewshire Council through the Renfrewshire Culture Heritage and Events Fund, which was created as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and will continue to form the legacy of that.

Festival manager, Richy Muirhead, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting a range of new music events in Paisley this March! The SAMAs Takeover is a great opportunity for people to come and see some of Scotland’s new and exciting artists at the showcases, and learn about the industry at the seminars, and everything else in between from in-store performances and workshops!”

Keep your eyes peeled on this website for more line-up and event announcements in the coming weeks.

For tickets visit Eventbrite UK.

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Today, Paisley has become a hub for musical and artistic culture. On several occasions my family and I have walked into Paisley town centre to see its bustling and vibrant atmosphere, either in the form of live music, magic shows and many other entertaining performances which draw large crowds.

Ross Boyd
Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP)

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