Scottish Album of the Year Longlist

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 Twenty outstanding Scottish albums were unveiled tonight as The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award Longlist to a crowd of eager music fans at the O₂ ABC in Glasgow. Now in its sixth year, The SAY Award is Scotland’s most popular and prestigious music prize, boasting a lucrative £20,000 prize for the winner and nine runners-up prizes of £1,000 each.
‘Live at the Longlist’, a new ticketed event introduced to this year’s SAY Award campaign, saw music fans from across the country gather to enjoy exceptional live sets from previously Longlisted acts Steve Mason, Admiral Fallow and Mungo’s Hi Fi. As the expectant audience held its breath, journalist and broadcaster Nicola Meighan announced The SAY Award Longlist for 2017, with all twenty albums showcasing the extraordinary strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical output.

The SAY Award 2017 Longlist is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Adam Holmes and The Embers: Brighter Still
C Duncan: The Midnight Sun
Ela Orleans: Circles of Upper and Lower Hell
Fatherson: Open Book
Frightened Rabbit: Painting of a Panic Attack
Honeyblood: Babes Never Die
Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy
King Creosote: Astronaut Meets Appleman
Konx-om-Pax: Caramel
Meursault: I Will Kill Again
Modern Studies: Swell To Great
Mogwai: Atomic
Pictish Trail: Future Echoes
Rachel Newton:  Here’s My Heart Come Take It
RM Hubbert: Tell The Trees
Sacred Paws: Strike A Match
Starless: Starless
Teenage Fanclub: Here
TeenCanteen: Say It All With A Kiss
Vukovi: Vukovi

Chosen from almost 300 eligible albums, the 20 strong Longlist was narrowed down by 100 impartial industry ‘Nominators’. The Longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist of 10 – one chosen by the public via a 72-hour online vote (12-14 June) and the other 9 chosen by an independent panel of judges.

The SAY Award Shortlist will be announced on June 15th as part of a special BBC Radio Scotland Quay Sessions, before the award ceremony itself takes place on June 28th in the elegant surroundings of Paisley Town Hall in support of Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize – provided by long-term Award partner Creative Scotland – with the nine runners-up each receiving £1,000. All ten shortlisted artists will also be awarded an exclusively designed artwork created by the winner of The SAY Design Commission

You can listen to and learn more about each album on The SAY Award Longlist by visitingwww.sayaward.com where there will be two featured albums every day from Monday 29th May.