The race for the prestigious ‘Scottish Album of the Year Award’ officially began with the reveal of a twenty-strong longlist at the cracking ‘Live at the Longlist’ event. Queen’s Radio’s Matthew Kirk was at the event in Glasgow’s legendary O2 ABC venue to find out more.

Simple Minds, Biffy Clyro, Emile Sandé, and of course, The Proclaimers. Call me a little biased being from Scotland and all, but honestly, who doesn’t love a bit of Scottish music? Last week, the Scottish music scene once again occupied the fore of musical consciousness as The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award unfolded in what is perhaps the nation’s musical epicentre (and my favourite city in the world), Glasgow, with a night of great music and the reveal of the long-listed artists for 2017’s SAY Award.

Alongside Admiral Fallow and Mungo’s Hi Fi, former SAY Award nominee Steve Mason (pictured) was one of the night’s musical performances

Produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) and respected throughout the music industry, the SAY Award celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums released every year, with this year’s winner due to be announced at Paisley’s Town on June 28th. Previous winners have included the likes of Young Fathers (2014 with Tape Two) and Anna Meridith (2016 with Varmints); whilst Admiral Fallow, reggae collective Mungo’s Hi Fi and acoustic singer/songwriter Steve Mason – all of whom contributed towards a fantastic soundtrack at the ‘Live at the Longlist’ event – have all received respective shortlistings and longlistings in years gone by.

Who made the longlist you ask? Well, it is now time for the moment of truth! Here are this year’s twenty longlisted artists for Scottish Album of the Year 2017:


TeenCanteen – ‘Say It All With A Kiss’                                            The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage And Joy’

Konx-om-Pax – ‘Caramel’                                                                  Honeyblood – ‘Babes Never Die’

Meursault – ‘I Will Kill Again’                                                           C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’

Frightened Rabbit – ‘Painting Of A Panic Attack’                       VUKOVI – ‘VUKOVI’

Teenage Fanclub – ‘Here’                                                                  King Creosote – ‘Astronaut Meets Appleman’

Rachel Newton – ‘Here’s My Heart Come Take It’                      Fatherson – ‘Open Book’

Mogwai – ‘Atomic’                                                                              Modern Studies – ‘Swell To Great’

Sacred Paws – ‘Strike A Match’                                                       Ela Orleans – ‘Circles Of Upper And Lower Hell’

Adam Holmes And The Embers – ‘Brighter Still’                        Starless – ‘Starless’

Pictish Trail – ‘Future Echoes’                                                         RM Hubbert – ‘Telling The Trees’


The twenty-strong longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist of ten on June 15th, featuring a public vote to select one of the ten slots

Congratulations to all of these acts – if you want to check any of them out then click here to visit the SAY Award website and listen to each of the nominated albums.

So, what happens now? On June 15th, this group of twenty artists shall be whittled down to a shortlist of ten that will be announced live on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Quay Sessions’ – and you can be part of it!

Between June 12th-14th, one of the ten short-list slots shall be decided by a public vote (click here for more details), with the other nine being decided by a judging panel, so pick your favourite and help them on their way to this year’s award ceremony.

To find out more information about the SAY Awards and which lucky artist shall earn the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year Award 2017, like them on Facebook or give them a follow on Twitter (@SAYaward) using the hashtag #SAYAward – and remember to vote for your favourite!





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