Full SAMA's Paisley Takeover line-up revealed!


The two-day event will take place at Paisley Arts Centre, and The Bungalow and will offer an array of live music, workshops, seminars & spoken word. 

Paisley Takeover will include music performances by a range of Scottish artists including C DuncanKathryn Joseph,Michael TimmonsSweaty PalmsCRYSTALPleasure Heads, and Megan Airlie

Paisley Arts Centre will also be hosting an In Conversation with Stuart Braithwaite about record label Rock Action Records (Mogwai / The Twilight Sad / Sacred Paws), while the other panels will explore Paisley’s Cultural Community & Potential, and Working In The Music Business, whilst 23rd Precinct Musicwill also host a special workshop giving insight into sync, licensing and royalties within music. 

Full Programme

Friday 15th March@ Paisley Arts Centre

1900 C Duncan + L-space

 1800 Festival Welcome with poetry & spoken word from Chris McQueer and Leyla Josephine + Brewgooder drinks reception. *First come first served, Over 18s

Friday 15th March @ The Bungalow

1900 Sweaty Palms + CRYSTAL + Pleasure Heads 

Saturday 16th March @ Paisley Arts Centre

1900 Kathryn Joseph + Michael Timmons

1745 SAMA Live Session: Megan Airlie

1615 In Conversation: Stuart Braithwaite of Rock Action Records / Mogwai. Chaired by music journalist Craig Williams. 

1515 Panel 2) Friendly Fire: How to navigate the music industry minefield. 


Janine Shilstone - Artist @ Vukovi

Graham Clews - Booking Agent @ ATC Live

Jonathan Tait - Media Solicitor @ BTO Solicitors LLP

Chaired by Robert Blair (Tenement TV).

1400 Panel 1) From Rafferty to Rejuvenation: Examining Paisley’s Cultural Community and Potential.


Marie Collins - Artist - The Vegan Leather

Morag Macpherson - Head of Cultural Services - Renfrewshire Leisure

Scott Reid - Actor - Still Game / Line of Duty

Chaired by Robert Blair (Highsnobiety, Uproxx).

1300 Music Workshop: 23rd Precinct Music - An insight to sync, licensing, and royalties.

SAMA’s founder Richy Muirhead comments

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 everyone else! I hope the festival brings a burst of energy to Paisley and excites music fans around the country!” 

Natalie McShane Paisley First adds 

“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.

SAMA’s Paisley Takeover is ran in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, Brewgooder and Paisley First.

SAMAs Admin