New Scottish Alternative Music Awards festival heading to Paisley

Scottish Alternative Music Awards - Paisley Takeover 2018 is a new two day event that will include live showcases, music workshops, industry seminars and in-store performances

Article by The Skinny | 10 Jan 2018
  • The Vegan Leather

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) will be bringing some of the brightest talent on the Scottish music scene to Paisley on 2 and 3 March. We're told this new festival will take the form of a two-day celebration of grassroots music and will feature speakers covering such topics as "How to do D.I.Y Music in 2018" and "When is the best time to showcase yourself to the music industry?"

In addition to the industry seminars the festival will bring an array of artists to various venues across the Renfrewshire town, including the Arts Centre and record shop Feel The Groove.

"Paisley has a rich musical history, a thriving contemporary music scene and is now well established as a key destination within Scotland for music and events making the town a perfect fit for this event,” said Renfrewshire Council deputy leader Jim Paterson.

Paisley natives The Vegan Leather are the first act to be announced, with the art-pop quartet due to host a workshop at Paisley Arts Centre. More acts and events will be revealed throughout the month. "We're thrilled to be hosting a range of new music events in Paisley this March!” said Festival manager Richy Muirhead. “The SAMAs Takeover is a great opportunity for people to come and see some of Scotland's new and exciting artists at the showcases, and learn about the industry at the seminars, and everything else in between from in-store performances and workshops!"

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