There’s noth­ing like a live gig

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket -

I re­cently saw Alice Cooper and Deep Pur­ple per­form at the Hy­dro.

It was great to see a bunch of le­gends on stage play­ing some of the un­for­get­table clas­sic rock tunes that I grew up with.

I thought – with all these guys still play­ing at around 70 years old, what chance have young bands got these days?

With the rise in large venues like the Hy­dro through­out the coun­try, there seems to be a grow­ing dis­par­ity be­tween small bands and more pop­u­lar acts.

We are see­ing heav­ily-mar­keted bands that can fill 10,000-plus size are­nas get­ting more pop­u­lar.

As a re­sult smaller, lesser-known bands have a huge hill to climb.

This may be a down­side for young, up-and-com­ing bands but it also means we can go and see great bands – and there are plenty of them – in small and medium size venues. I love go­ing out in Pais­ley. For me not much can beat the en­joy­ing the thrill of loud mu­sic along­side a group of like-minded gig- go­ers in a small, in­ti­mate set­ting.

No mat­ter the size of venue, live gigs are one of life’s most in­tense and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences.

Get­ting up close to the ac­tion, be­ing able to hear ev­ery­thing like the cym­bals crash­ing and gui­tar com­ing out of the amp, is in­fin­itely more pleas­ing to my ears than be­ing miles away from the stage.

Pais­ley is a great mu­sic des­ti­na­tion.

Within a mile or so you have a num­ber of venues avail­able for you to choose from.

So if you are not quite sure where to go, let me point you in the right di­rec­tion.

These spots, in my opin­ion, host the most in­ter­est­ing acts, best crowds and the most eu­phoric at­mos­pheres in truly in­ter­est­ing sur­round­ings.

Those who can say they’ve fre­quented ev­ery one is ba­si­cally an honorary roadie or groupie – so you’d best get crack­ing.

For orig­i­nal and trib­ute acts check out The Bun­ga­low and Cal­lum’s Cav­ern.

For cov­ers bands see what is go­ing on at The Tea Gar­dens, The Old Swan, The Li­brary, Hamishes’ Hoose, The Cave and The An­chor.

This week­end is look­ing good start­ing with Hamishes’ Hoose who have The Repub­lic of Soul on to­mor­row night at 8pm.

The Bun­ga­low wel­comes Lemon Soul, who cover clas­sics such as Stop in the Name of Love, Res­cue Me, Baby Love, My Guy, Say A Lit­tle Prayer and Re­ally Say­ing Some­thing.

Get ready for some clas­sic soul tunes en­sur­ing a full dance­floor.

En­try is free and the soul tunes kick off from 8pm.

It’s look­ing like an­other busy week­end at The Cave start­ing with Alan McKim tonight at 9pm.

Satur­day at 6pm sees Hee­bie Jee­bies take to the stage be­fore Last Re­sort take over from 9pm till late.

On Sun­day from 6pm Cherry Red 53 fin­ish off the week­end’s en­ter­tain­ment in style.

The Old Swan hosts Wreck­less at 8pm tonight while Trunk Mon­key’s set kicks off at 4pm to­mor­row.

Mon­day is the pen­sion­ers spe­cial ses­sion with The Spuds at 3.30pm and Heavy Load from 6pm on Wed­nes­day

The Tea Gar­dens has upped its game this week with live mu­sic on Satur­days start­ing with Junk­yard Dawgs at 9pm and The Record Play­ers on Sun­day from 6pm.

Del Mac and Guest are at The An­chor on Sun­day from 4pm.

Jen McLauch­lan is your host on Mon­day at 4pm.

Open mic nights next week can be found on Sun­day at The Bun­ga­low from 8pm with Cat Cald­well, Mon­day 8pm at The Abbey Bar hosted by Dunky Hunter, Andy Lindsey at The An­chor on Tues­day from 8pm, and Johnny Barr on Wed­nes­day at Burger and Keg 8pm.

Also on Wed­nes­day, Andy Lind­say is at The Pat­ter Bar from 8pm and The Li­brary open mic is Thurs­day from 8pm.

Last but not least, Alan McKim will be host­ing at The Afton on Thurs­day from 8pm.

There’s lots of live mu­sic to be en­joyed in the town this week so get out and sup­port lo­cal bands and venues.

Wel­come Wreck­less are in ac­tion at The Old Swan

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