Gig Preview – SAMA’s Paisley Takeover 2020

By Chelsea Ness

Only a few days until the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA’s) Paisley Takeover festival takes place for the third year. Running on both Friday 13th March and Saturday 14th March at the Paisley Arts Centre, this is the perfect event for music lovers. With a showcase of extremely unique and talented artists including Ela Orleans, Andrew Wasylyk on the first night and Vanlves and Russell Stewart taking to the stage the following night, this is a show you do not want to miss!

Ela Orleans

Glasgow based musician, Ela Orleans takes you back in time to relive the classic 50s / 60s pop era with her own modern day touch. Her work is self-described as ‘movies for ears’ and varies electronic and acoustic use during sets. From touring Europe, featuring on several independent movie soundtracks and releasing a number of different albums, Ela is a true professional in the world of music. This will surely be a performance you won’t forget…

Andrew Wasylyk

Headlining night one of the SAMA’s Paisley Takeover is singer songwriter/ producer, Andrew Wasylyk who will be playing a stripped back set. This will be the perfect way to highlight Andrew’s true talents. Andrew’s latest album, The Paralian was nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Awards (SAY awards) and rightly so with it’s collection of soft ambient jazz. Picture that alongside an acoustic set and I can guarantee you will be lost in the music during his set.


Multi-genre duo, Vanlves will take to the stage on the Saturday to showcase their exciting style. The lyrics within their music relates to sampling family VHS tapes and personal experiences. A truly unique but extraordinary way to produce a song. The band are doing wonders for the Scottish music scene at the moment, from the announcements of several festival experiences such as Gig in the Goil and The Great Escape to selling out both Glasgow and Edinburgh shows last year. These guys are certainly ones to watch…

Russell Stewart

Also making an appearance at the Paisley Takeover this Saturday is alternative soul/ jazz musician, Russell Stewart. From the minute I heard the song, ‘Midsummer’ I was instantly hooked and had to find out more about the singer/songwriter. Russell uses his own style to create a more modern approach to jazz and soul. For me personally, this sort of genre is severally lacking in the Glasgow music scene so it’s incredible to see Russell’s neo-soul style receiving the attention it deserves. His feel-good catchy vibes within the music is ideal for that Saturday night feeling…


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