A HALLOWE’EN festival being organised in Paisley will give the town a boost, according to a council boss.
Hallowfest is a host of exciting events taking place later this month.
And in keeping with the Hallowe’en tradition of guising, the major event of Hallowfest is a series of shows by tribute bands performing as megastar groups like The Beatles, Oasis, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Simple Minds and Led Zeppelin, at The Lagoon Arena on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1.
Renfrewshire Council leader and Paisley Vision Board chairman, Derek Mackay said: “Hallowfest is a great idea and anything that encourages people to come to Paisley should be supported.
“It just goes to show that there are people who are passionate about Paisley and want to do something to show that everything isn’t all doom and gloom about the town.
“Well done to all those involved in organising Hallowfest and as well as putting Paisley on the map for all the right reasons, it means we can all have a bit of fun and enjoy ourselves. The festival also showcases The Lagoon Arena as a venue for entertainment as well as sport.
”With the events planned around Hallowfest, Paisley is the place to be this Hallowe’en.”
President of the Old Paisley Society, Ellen Farmer said: “I think Hallowfest is a great idea. It’s something the people of Paisley can enjoy and it should bring more people into the town.
“Anything that helps promote Paisley is a good thing.”
Mike Dillon is the owner of record shop Apollo Music and a local councillor. He said: “I am really pleased that Hallowfest is being organised as it gives people the chance to have a really good night out in paisley.
“It will attract people to Paisley and enhance the entertainment package that is on offer in the town.”
Piero Pieraccini, of the Paisley Development Trust and owner of the town’s Hamishes Hoose bar added: “This is a fantastic idea. The more events like this in the town the better as it gives us credibility in attracting people to come to Paisley.
“People have had the wrong impression of Paisley for too long and this festival is an indication that the town is starting to shape up and positive things are happening.”
One of the Hallowfest organisers, Gary Kerr said: “The support we have had for the festival has been fantastic.
“As well as putting Paisley on the entertainment map, everyone can have a great time over Hallowe’en with a fantastic weekend of great music.”
The tribute bands lining up for the three Hallowfest shows, at The Lagoon Arena are:
Friday, October 31, 5pm-midnight – Oasish (Oasis) Bon Giovi (Bon Jovi); The Beatles Beat (The Beatles and Joshua//U2 (U2).
Saturday, November 1, noon-6pm – Monument (Ultravox); Ultimate Madness (Madness); big band jazz ensemble, Brass Impact and nine-piece soul band, Big Vern ‘n’ The Shootahs.
Saturday, November 1, 7pm-midnight The Pistols (Sex Pistols); Maiden Scotland (Iron Maiden); Letz Zep (Led Zeppelin) and Sample Minds (Simple Minds).
Tickets are now on sale at www.hallow-fest.co.uk or by telephoning 0871 200 3336, at The Lagoon, on 0141 889 4000 and at Apollo Music, 48 Causeyside Street, on 0141 887 6293.
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