A LOCAL musician and an ex-Greenock college student will bring the curtain down on the annual Galoshans Halloween festival in a famous Inverclyde venue.

Alicia Matthews and Lisa Kowalski are on the bill for a gig with a difference in the former Tobacco Warehouse on Haig Street on Friday November 1.

The event - featuring live music and visual art - is being put on as part of the acclaimed Sonica programme run by Glasgow-based arts agency Cryptic and coincides with Inverclyde's annual Galoshans Festival, which is being organised by Greenock-based RIG Arts.

It will be the first time a Sonica showpiece has been staged in the town and one of the rare occasions the format ventures outside the city centre.

The 'Tobacco Warehouse Takeover' is being billed as a night of experimental music and visual art.

The line-up includes Alicia Matthews, 31, who grew up in Wemyss Bay and is a sound artist specialising in live performance, theatre, moving image and installation.

Alicia, who goes by the stage name Sue Zuki, is thrilled to be taking to the stage locally.

The former Greenock Academy pupil told the Tele: "It was funny to be asked to do this because I've driven past this building all my life and never seen inside it.

"I use a mixture of hardware and software with voice and it's quite dark and rhythmic. "It will be a lot of fun and good to see family and friends from school."

Also on the bill is 19-year-old rising star Lisa, who studied music at the West College Scotland campus in Finnart Street and performed at the Beacon Arts Centre last year.

The Paisley singer-songwriter answered an open call for up-and-coming acts to perform at the event and was delighted to be selected.

Lisa said: "It's a very unique event to be performing at and I'm really excited."

There will also be music from Rev Magnetic and Callum Easter, visuals from VAJ.Power, work from Robbie Thomson, Kleft and Jack Wrigley, and a nod to Greenock engineering icon James Watt to mark the bicentenary of his death this year.

The event is being put on in collaboration with the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and supported by National Lottery and Creative Scotland funding.

It starts at 9pm and the doors will be open at 8.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from www.sonic-a.co.uk