Music fans hail return of live music as The Spree returns to Paisley

Festival goers were treated to 10 exciting days of live music as The Spree made a triumphant return to Paisley.

The music and folk arts festival, hosted by the Renfrewshire Council and now in its ninth year, ran from Thursday 7 October to Saturday 16.

Music fans enjoyed a series of hugely popular shows from The Twilight Sad, Arab Strap, The Bluebells, The Rezillos, Michael Rother, Nick Lowe, Kathryn Joseph and Retro Video Club.

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The Spree was programmed by Regular Music, with this year’s events taking place in the fabulous Salon Perdu Spiegeltent, located on the city’s Bridge Street.

The families had a lot of fun as the Wee Spree children’s activity program also took place during the school holidays, with young people enjoying events ranging from music and circus workshops to cinema and comedy.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “It has been absolutely great to welcome music lovers again to enjoy their favorite artists and musicians at The Spree again.

“The event was greatly missed last year and festival-goers turned out in large numbers to be part of the exceptional 10-day program. This excitement shows how much The Spree has become a staple of the Scottish music festival calendar, attracting top UK and international artists and bringing visitors from across the country to Paisley.

This year also saw the return of the popular Spree for All fringe festival, which has spread across Renfrewshire to see fantastic concerts at local venues in Renfrew, Houston, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Johnstone, as well as ‘a busy schedule at Paisley’s Bungalow Bar and many other venues around the city.

The Spree Festival has received financial support from Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, set up by EventScotland in collaboration with the Scottish Government to help the Scottish events sector plan and organize events in response to Covid-19.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, added: “We were delighted to support the return of the Spree this year with its exciting lineup of musical and artistic performances. The comprehensive program on offer provided a welcome feeling of excitement and enjoyment to the Paisley community and to those who visited.

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