Scottish Alternative Music Awards take over Paisley

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards Take Over Paisley

Megan Airlie is set to play at the SAMA's Paisley Takeover

Two day event to feature live music, spoken word, seminars and workshops

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards have announced a Paisley Takeover event, which takes place over two days on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March. Paisley Takeover will set up home at the Paisley Arts Centre and the Bungalow for a programme of live music and spoken word, as well as seminars and workshops on the music business.

Artists lined up to perform include C Duncan, Sweaty Palms, CRYSTAL, Pleasure Hands, Kathryn Joseph, Michael Timmons and Megan Airlie. The festival will open with poetry and spoken word from author of Hings and HWFG, Chris McQueer, and performance poet Leyla Josephine.

Other interesting aspects include a live conversation with Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite about Rock Action Records, who have the likes of Mogwai, Sacred Paws and Twilight Sad on their roster. Plus informative panels on how to navigate the music business and an examination of Paisley's cultural community and potential. A special music workshop will also be hosted by 23rd Precinct Music, giving an insight into sync, licensing and royalties.

The Scottish Independent Music Awards is an independent annually showcase rising talent throughout the year across Scotland. Last year's winners included Lylo, Megan Airlie, The Dunts and Solareye. SAMA's founder Richy Muirhead said, 'The festival is jam-packed with music events – we're thrilled to add the likes of CRYSTAL who recently played a sold out King Tuts, Megan Airlie who won Best Acoustic at last year's awards, author Chris McQueer and lots more! I hope the festival brings a burst of energy to Paisley and excites music fans around the country!'

Natalie McShane, from Paisley First, added, 'Paisley has always had a great reputation for fantastic live music and the SAMAs Paisley Takeover is an ideal music festival for the town, showcasing live performances, seminars and workshops in some great venues. We're delighted to be a sponsor for this year's event and look forward to welcoming music lovers to Paisley in March.'

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SAMA's Paisley Takeover

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards are taking over Paisley for two whole days to bring the town a selection of live music and spoken word, plus workshops and seminars on the business biz.