Paisley Gig Guide this week – 17 August 2018

Friday 17th August, 2018

Looking for a night out in Paisley? There’s loads of top gigs and music nights taking place around town this week – and you can find out more with with local music man Tommy McGrory:

I had a great summer working at Loud n Proud doing a Summer Rock School supported by CashBack. Taking part was free for the young students who ranged from just beyond beginner to very good players. It was great to see them all work for each other and every week they achieved some amazing things. I could see a huge improvement in their level of play and also their confidence and social skills. Not a phone or a tablet in sight either! If I could offer that sort of thing every week for young musicians, Paisley would be the Music Capital of Scotland – so, if you win the lottery, you know what to do!

Itchycoo Park are at The Bungalow on Saturday 18 August to take you on a trip through the music of the 60’s and beyond. Their set features songs from The Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Small Faces and many other great artists of the era. Itchycoo Park also play great songs from beyond that decade too. According to Boab Williamson of The Bungalow, this swinging 60s tribute are looking forward to playing Paisley and can’t wait to roll into town to entertain you. This lively show is a must see and starts at 8pm, costing £5 on the door.

There are five acts are at The Cave this weekend, starting with Alan McKim tonight (Friday 17 August) at 7pm, followed by Mental Haggis at 9pm. Tomorrow (Saturday 18) in the early slot at 6pm, sees the return of The Lynsey Dolan Band. The last time the band played there they went down a storm! Lynsey has a reputation to be surrounded by fantastic musicians and her amazing vocals are excellent reasons to check them out. In the late slot at 9pm is The Dirty Jewels. Nightfly is a band that is getting a lot of attention at the moment – and will be performing a whole load of challenging tunes from the likes of Toto, Stevie Vai, Steely Dan, Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, S.A.H.B. and many more. They’re a delight to listen too, with their onstage sound and playing skills always superb. Give your ears a treat and check them out – the first song starts at 6pm.

2 Bob Rocket are at The Old Swan Inn (Friday 17) from 8pm and tomorrow (Saturday 18) in the ‘Shopper’s Slot’ at 4pm is Memphis. The Casual Swans are back at 3pm on Monday (20 August) for an afternoon of fun and games and then on Wednesday (22 August) John Condron and Friends will be playing from 6pm.


The Anchor has FreeSpeech back again on Sunday (19 August) and it’s little wonder why they’ve been asked to play again as the last time, the place was jumping. The band has a bit of a following so get in early and get a seat before the set starts at 4pm.

The band at The Tea Gardens’ popular Sunday Night Sessions this week is Loanhead who start at 6pm.

Heavy Traffic, who describe themselves as The Ultimate Status Quo Experience, is at the St Peters Club tomorrow night. They must be one of the youngest Quo tribute bands on the circuit. With this, you might think they lack experience – but that can’t be further from the truth. The band has been playing all over the UK and is just back from a successful outing to Orkney. Bandmember Jay Fitzpatrick has been playing in a Quo tribute band since the age of 9. Now, aged 20, there is not much he doesn’t know about The Mighty Quo. In support is a new band that is going under the working title of Trio. I’ve heard them playing recently and they are dynamite, playing a fantastic range of pop, punk and rock classics. Tickets are £7.50 at the door.


Open Mic Nights next week are:

  • Sunday: The Bungalow with Cat Caldwell from 8pm
  • Monday: The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter from 8pm
  • Tuesday: The Anchor with Andy Lindsey on Tuesday from 8pm
  • Wednesday: Johnny Barr is the host for Burger and Keg 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 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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