A new film about the Paisley punk scene will premiere on Friday



A film about the legendary Paisley punk scene premieres on the Renfrewshire Leisure online TV channel.

The late 1970s and early 1980s saw an explosion of the punk culture and music scene in the city after Glasgow banned punk bands from performing in the city.

This meant that some of the country’s best-known punk bands as well as emerging bands from the Paisley area were regularly playing concerts at the Bungalow Bar and the Silver Thread Hotel.

Now that incredible time when punk exploded in the psyche of young people was filmed by Paisley’s Brick Lane Media.

The documentary film – Paisley Punks: The Story of the Paisley Punk Scene Late 1970s to Early 1980s – was produced with support from Renfrewshire Leisure and Creative Scotland.

It will first be seen on Ren TV at 7 p.m. on Fridays, and then later in the incarnation of The Bungalow Bar, now in Shuttle Street, Paisley, which will also screen the film.

Punk started in London 45 years ago and quickly caught the imagination of young people looking for a way to protest the establishment and Paisley has become the center of punk culture in Scotland.

For the first time, a documentary film traces this phenomenon and questions many people involved in the city’s punk scene at that time.

Alan McEwan of Brick Lane Media said: “This story is an integral part of Paisley’s musical legacy and has led, in many ways, to the vibrant music scene we see in the city today.

“Many well-known artists such as The Fall, Q Tips and Altered Images have performed at Paisley.”

“With the Glasgow City Council ban on punk concerts, great artists have struggled to find suitable venues to perform.

“However, just 11 miles down the road, Scotland’s largest city offered an alternative in places like The Bungalow and the Silver Thread Hotel.

“Paisley quickly became the center of the punk world in Scotland.

“The punk movement has put Paisley on the tour map of some of the biggest names in the music industry and has also given local artists the opportunity to support these groups and learn their craft.

Janis Marshall Reilly, Performance Programmer at Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Paisley has played a crucial role in the development of punk music and culture in Scotland.

“It was a revolutionary time in the music industry and undoubtedly in society and as many times before in its history, the city showed its radical side.

“The film Paisley Punks is a fantastic insight into an important part of the city’s social history and is worth watching.”

Visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com to watch the film on the Ren TV online channel.


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