Paisley Gig Guide this week – 13 July 2018

Thursday 12th July, 2018

There’s loads of great music and gigs taking place in Paisley this weekend.

But first, here is a shameless plug for a friend of mine, Robert Downie, who plays guitar for Supersonic and are playing the Bungalow tomorrow night.

Then again, it is easy to plug a band that is on the money. I first met Robert when his daughter sang at Loud ‘n Proud show ‘I Was There’ in the Armadillo. He told me he was a musician but didn’t have a band at the time. A few years later – and a lot of hard work – Supersonic was born.

Supersonic is an Oasis tribute band made up of Oasis fans who love the music of the Manchester Legends – and this shines through in their performance. The East Kilbride lads are bringing their show to The Bungalow after the venue’s Boab Williamson heard them at their sold out East Kilbride Arts Centre gig.

Supersonic are quickly becoming the must-see Oasis tribute as this group captures the attitude and stage presence of the original band. The songs are sung with passion and fire and they throw in a cheeky wee acoustic set. You won’t be disappointed in these guys and, let’s be honest, we all love a bit of Oasis. Show starts at 7pm and tickets are £8.

Tonight, the Rubanesques are playing The Bungalow for the first time from 7pm. The band features the multi-talented Tom Urie and in support is Static.

When I first started Loud ‘n Proud 17 years ago, I renovated an old garage in New Sneddon Street and turned it into a rehearsal space. A bunch of guys used it every week and they formed a Duran Duran tribute band. It was a pleasure to see them again recently after all these years and great to see them play Paisley at Callum’s Cavern. They are called Duran an Duran and they have decades of experience. The sound of Duran Duran is authentically captured delivering all the hits you want to hear.

In support is Beatland – a retro electro group and the brainchild of John Beattie. I first met John when he was a young boy playing drums in my marching band of the 80’s. There’s a refreshing feel to Beatland’s music. It’s retro in feel but by no means old fashioned. The lyrics are both deep and moving with the electronic soundtrack nourishing the strong vocal that John provides. Beatland are something special in this era of throwaway pop. Their music is mature and non pretentious and means something. It leaves you feeling satisfied and entertained. That sentiment travels throughout every track and it’s great to see both of them still playing after all these years. I’m looking forward to catching up with both bands. Doors are at 7pm and tickets are £8.

117 play The Cave tonight and tomorrow night it’s Drty Luv in the early slot at 6pm followed by Auld Skool at 9pm. On Sunday from 6pm, The Jim Keilt State Bar Blues Band will be performing some great guitar driven tunes from some of the greatest bands ever.

The Old Swan have Kong in tonight from 8pm and tomorrow, in the shoppers’ slot, Nightfly. Casual Swans are back for the Monday club at 3pm and on Wednesday at 6pm, Heavy Load are playing an acoustic set.

Skunnered are at the The Tea Gardens on Sunday from 6pm and The Anchor have Zoe in on Sunday from 4pm. Zoe is famous locally for being that talented singer who regularly busks outside Burtons.

Another date for your diary – The Battle of the Bands Final is on at The Bungalow this Thursday from 7pm. In the final is The Azuras, Black Dove, Gordon James and the Power and Start Static with the winning band performing at Party at The Palace 2018 in Linlithgow next month. Make sure you get down to support your favourite band.


Open Mic Nights next week:

Friday: Stevie Johnstone at Hamishes Hoose from 8pm.

Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm.

Monday: The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter from 8pm.

Tuesday: Andy Lindsey is at The Anchor on Tuesday 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 at 8pm.

Support your local venues and keep music live.


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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

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