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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

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