The Bungalow Bar Revival is a movement to put Paisley
back on the touring map of major promoters, managers, agents and acts.
The Bungalow Bar, formerly on Paisleyâ€™s Renfrew Road, was once renowned for the fantastic, nightly billings, especially from the Punk Genres, in the late seventies, early eighties. The roster of acts is outrageously expansive and included household names such as The Fall, The Skids, The Tourists, Orange juice, Roddy Frame, Alan McGee, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Alarm, The Jam, The Teardrop Explodes, The Clash and many many more. I must pay homage at this juncture to local Journalist Louden Temple who was the booker for The Bungalow Bar and still promotes in Brookfield today.
Since the mid eighties though, there has been little or no discernable music scene in Paisley, which may be considered either travesty or incompetence, in what is reputedly the biggest town in Scotland, if not Britain. Until now there has been no discernable, committed, run it like the bigger boys do venue. We began this, hoping that someone in the business would come in and take overâ€¦.it hasnâ€™t happenedâ€¦.BUTâ€¦.. We will continueâ€¦..
The Revival is run by 5 volunteers : Promoter- Drew McCormack /Engineers, Stevie â€˜Crashâ€™ Corrigan/Singer/songwriter- Alan McKim
Our agenda is promoting the best of Live, Original music in Paisley and to provide a trouble free outlet for live performance and valuable learning experiences for our local acts, regardless of whether they bring fans or not – we only require their best 30 minutes.
We are totally resistant to the PAY TO PLAY philosophy so prevalent in Glasgow and other major cities right now. Our regular Friday nights are free entry. We believe that performers should be paid for their efforts or at the least, not be out of pocket to perform at any of our events. When we do have to raise money we charge a nominal fee at the door from 8pm onwards, normally Â£2/Â£3 pounds.
THE REVIVAL IS SUPPORTED BY VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION, PAISLEY IN THE PARK, WHICH PROVIDES EQUIPMENT,RESOURCES, WORKSHOPS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS/DJ’S THROUGHOUT RENFREWSHIRE AND BEYOND.
In the past 2 years we have promoted over 1000 acts and some from Sweden, Australia and LA. This year we plan to widen the net and up the ante. With your continued support…we will! We now have to move and grow and for this reason we will be running more regular weekend fundraising nights, where a minimal fee will be donated on entry. We will now also be striving to bring in higher profile acts which will involve considerably more in terms of band fees and hospitality and monies from our weekly budgets and fundraising nights will go towards this.
I would be extremely grateful if you could consider this information worthy of some space in any of you current mediums.