Paisley Spree, Oct 12 to Oct 20, various venues, Paisley
Now in its seventh year, the Spree Festival sees legends of Motown, rock and dance music heading to Paisley this month.
Taking place in various venues around the town from October 12 to 20, the festival of music, comedy, theatre and arts features the likes of Martha Reeves And The Vandellas (Oct 20), dance music pioneers The Orb (Oct 15), post-punk legends Gang Of Four (Oct 19), former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flur (Oct 13) and Vieux Farka Toure (Oct 16), the Malian guitarist described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the Sahara”.
Also performing are Scots favourites Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert (Oct 20), super-group
Big Minds featuring members of Simple Minds and Big Country (Oct 18), and a double-bill of Traceyanne & Danny (ex-Camera Obscura) with The Pastels (Oct 13).
As well as the return of mod/Northern Soul day ModStuff (Oct 20), highlights include the National Whisky Festival (Oct 13) and an appearance by Tony Iommi, the man who arguably invented heavy metal. After losing the tips of his fingers in a factory accident aged 17, Iommi developed Black Sabbath’s signature sound, but says the incident is his biggest regret.
He’ll give insight into his life and career in conversation with Kerrang! editor Phil Alexander at Paisley Town Hall on October 12 and Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms the following day.
Martha Reeves And The Vandellas visit Paisley’s Spree with support from the London African Gospel Choir, who will perform Graceland