SAY Award shortlist announced

Last night (23 August), the shortlist for The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2018 was announced at  BBC Quay Sessions in Glasgow.

Singer-songwriter Roddy Hart presented the evening, with performances from Scottish punk band, The Skids, and pop-duo Sacred Paws, whose debut album ‘Strike a Match’ won the award last year.


The SAY Award began in 2012, and has grown to become Scotland’s most prestigious music prize. Albums of any genre can be nominated; however, this year it must have been released between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 to be considered. The nine runners up get £1000 for their efforts, and the winner is awarded an impressive £20,000. Last night, we learned who was in the running to win the coveted accolade, and who was at least guaranteed a cash prize: the longlist, revealed on 1 August at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, narrowed the list of potential winners down to 20 acts. This was halved last night, and now 10 performers are in with a chance of winning.


“This year’s Longlist celebrates another 20 incredibly strong, diverse and important contemporary Scottish records,” says Robert Kilpatrick, General Manager of the Scottish Music Industry Association. Five of the acts that made it onto the shortlist are either solo women, or have female members; and two performers – Kobi Onyame and Young Fathers – are made up of people of colour.

Following an in-depth discussion from the judging panel, the acts making it onto the shortlist are (in alphabetical order):

  • Babe – Kiss & Tell
  • Best Girl Athlete – Best Girl Athlete
  • Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
  • Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life
  • Katherine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – A Pocket Of Wind Resistance
  • Kobi Onyame – Gold
  • Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  • Out Lines – Conflats
  • Siobhan Wilson – There Are No Saints
  • Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar


The winner will be announced on 6 September, at a ceremony at Paisley Town Hall. Good luck to all the candidates!


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