Every year the SAY Award celebrates the best in Scottish music. Any album can be nominated, from self-released titles to platinum best-sellers. The winning artist will receive £20,000 and the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year 2018.
The top 20 albums in with a chance of winning will be announced at Live at the Longlist on 1 August at King Tut’s. Last year all-girl band TeenCanteen‘s self-released album was longlisted, this year front-woman Carla J. Easton will be performing at the event with Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood. “It’s brand new, we haven’t done it before and it’s just a one off thing for now. It’s nice to sit down as songwriters and work together,” says Carla.
This year the event line-up is celebrating girl power with another performance from Scottish singer-songwriter Emma Pollock, but Carla argues that one of the best things about the award is that it merits quality over everything. “It’s interesting that the longlist line-up is always based on quality. That’s what you want: to get booked on output not gender.
“It’s brilliant that any album can be put forward by anyone whether that’s a label, the artists, the fan, it makes it open and inclusive to everyone no matter gender or genre.”
On the night, journalist and broadcaster Nicola Meighan will be in attendance to reveal the list of nominees followed by a DJ set from Stuart Braithwait of Mogwai. All proceeds from Live at the Longlist will be donated to the SAY Award’s charity partner for 2018, Help Musicians Scotland.
Our nominators are still working incredibly hard to whittle down the 253 eligible albums to just 20. All will be revealed at our exclusive #LiveAtTheLonglist gig at @kingtuts. Get your tickets now and be the first to know!
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— The SAY Award (@SAYaward) July 5, 2018