Scottish Alternative Music Awards set to Takeover Paisley

Thursday 23rd March, 2023

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) is returning to Paisley in March for the sixth edition of the annual Paisley Takeover.

It all takes place at The Bungalow on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March.

The event series features six performances, showcasing some of Scotland’s most exciting artists, and two development workshops.

Ahead of the Takeover, we spoke to Richy Muirhead of SAMA to find out more about this year’s events.

Richy said: “Paisley has such a great music community and is the perfect location for a Takeover.

“SAMA have always worked with amazing local music venues such as Paisley Arts Centre and The Bungalow to deliver these events. Paisley Takeover is a chance for SAMA to work with a range of artists and also host some industry led events aimed at artist development.

“This year we are thrilled to have another really diverse and exciting music programme. We welcome artists such as Poster Paints, featuring members of Teen Canteen and Frightened Rabbit. This will be the band’s first performance since SXSW in Austin Texas, which will be a lot of fun. We’ll also welcome Rebecca Vasmant with an eight-piece ensemble, including some incredible jazz musicians.

“For those interested in a career in music we also have two free specialist workshops run by 23rd Music Precinct and charity Help Musicians, covering artist development themes and access to funding in the arts.”

SAMA is an annual music awards platform which celebrates genres such as electronic, hip hop, rock, acoustic and more. It has presented awards to artists such as Gerry Cinnamon, Lewis Capaldi, Steg G, TAAHLIAH, Bemz, Lizzie Reid, Linzi Clark and more since launching in 2010.

The SAMA Paisley Takeover 2023 is supported by Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Event Fund, as part of the Future Paisley programme, which uses the power of arts, heritage and culture to impact social and economic change.

So, why should you head along to this year’s Paisley Takeover? Richy has the answer…

“People can enjoy two nights of amazing live music in an intimate setting. There’s a mix of artists from Paisley but also from across the rest of Scotland in genres such as soul, jazz, indie, and pop!”

Book tickets for the evening gigs and free day-time workshops slots.