Paisley Gig Guide – 15 June 2018

Friday 15th June, 2018

Paisley’s music venues were absolutely packed out last weekend!

Michelle Purdon’s going away party at the The Anchor started on Saturday night with Vintage Vinyl before FreeSpeech and Eddie Kelly on the Sunday. It was a perfect send off for Michelle who, over the years, has brought some great bands to Paisley. It was a testament to her that so many people turned out to see her off.

The Bungalow had four nights in a row of great bands, ending with Secret Affair on Sunday. The Cave and The Old Swan were rammed full of music lovers too, so the town had a fantastic feel to it.

All that and a full day of bands at Kennedy’s in aid of The British Heart Foundation made it a weekend to remember.

There are plenty to bands to go and see this weekend too, starting with Michael Kilbey at The Bungalow tonight. Michael released a series of “raw demos” in 2015, and has since gone on to stir up a real fervour of support. His fan base has helped propel him to the main stage of London’s biggest outdoor music festival – as winner of Play On Blackheath – and finance the recording of his debut EP, ‘I Was Waiting’, which now sees its title track released as his first official single.

Not that he was a complete stranger to attention and success before then, an 18-year-old Kilbey was part of The Franks – a young band which was short-listed as finalists in Glastonbury’s prestigious UK-wide Emerging Talent Competition. He subsequently played the BBC Introducing Stage.

The band’s demise saw Hertfordshire-born Kilbey begin work on his writing and solo career, with those demos sparking the journey to the new single.

He’s drawn references to the likes of early Coldplay, Radiohead, Elbow, and Bastille. Kilbey is a real talent and this is a chance to catch him on his UK tour here in Paisley. Tickets are £16 and starts at 8pm.

Start, one of the country’s favourite Mod covers bands, are at The Bungalow tomorrow night from 8pm and Boab Williamson is in support spinning some vinyl.

The Old Swan have Dead Flowers in tonight at 8pm. They last played there at local musician Sandy Johnston’s Birthday party and they absolutely ripped the place up.

The Dead Flowers have been getting a great name for themselves and are definitely worth going along to hear them power through a fantastic set of your favourite songs.

The fabulous trio Loanhead are in tomorrow from 4pm in The Shoppers Slot and The Spuds are up for a party on Monday from 3pm. On Wednesday, young band Clyde will be playing anything from Johnny Cash to today’s pop charts.

Three-piece band Tusk will be at The Tea Gardens on Sunday from 6pm playing some Blues, and some fast, heavy Rock.

It looks like another belter of weekend down on New Street. The Fantastic Four at The Cave this week is Crackerman at 9pm, Rock Uz on Saturday from 6pm, then from 9pm it is Black Triangles. On Sunday from 6pm, it is Rumours.


Open Mic Nights next week:

Tonight: Stevie Johnstone at Hamishes Hoose from 8pm

Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm

Monday: The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter at 8pm

Tuesday: Andy Lindsey is at The Anchor from 8pm

Wednesday: Johnny Barr is the host for Burger and Keg at 8pm and Andy Lindsay is at The Patter Bar from 8pm

Thursday: Manhattan’s at 8pm

Support your local venues and keep music live.

Paisley's musical faces

Paisley has a good reputation with the bands – they want to play to a crowd that appreciates them and they get that here.

Tommy McGrory
Founder, Loud n Proud music charity