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Emma's Imagination
Emma's Imagination
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CAPTURING the spirit of the music festival may be tough now that we’re digging out the winter coats – but a night at the Barrowlands this week might just have it covered.

The venue’s two halls are being used to host SAVIFest — a night of entertainment in aid of the East Kilbride-based charity Sexual Assault Victims Initiative.

There are 12 performers gracing the east end stage previously tread by so many music greats, and all for a fee of just £10 – as the promoters put it, less than £1 per act.

Expect an evening of rock, acoustic, soul and pop from groups including Jaego, Kontroband, Pure Dead Brilliant and The Tenemants — as well as a few up-and-coming faces.

Using the event to launch the second single from a self-titled album is Aaron Wright, a solo artist influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Championed by radio DJs such as Billy Sloan and Vic Galloway throughout the year, the 24-year-old has been touring the UK, including a recent crowd-drawing show at King Tut’s and festival slots at Glastonbury, Benicassim and T in the Park.

The debut album in question has guest appearances from members of Scottish indie favourites Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura – which can only speak highly to fans of the Glasgow music scene.

And headlining the night is another solo performer, Scottish songstress Emma Gillespie, under the name Emma’s Imagination.

A product of Sky One talent show Must be the Music, the Edinburgh-born, Glasgow-based singer offers folky pop with sentimental, heartfelt lyrics, all honed on the city’s busking corners.

All that and more, and for less than a Friday night takeaway — not to mention the charitable cause behind it.

A night at SAVIFest might just feed your musical tastes, and it’ll definitely leave you feeling all the better for it.

n SAVIFest comes to the Barrowlands on Friday (October 21) and doors open at 5.30pm (until midnight).

Tickets (£10) are available from To find out more about the charity, visit