Paisley gets set to host Scottish Album of the Year Award 2018

Wednesday 5th September, 2018

The most prestigious night in Scotland’s music calendar returns to Paisley on Thursday (6 September) as the town hosts the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2018 ceremony.

This is the third consecutive year that Paisley Town Hall will host the SAY Award.

The event will see internationally acclaimed musicians, industry experts and some of Scotland’s most exciting musical talent gather to celebrate the nation’s thriving music scene.

The winning album will be decided on the night by a panel of judges from across creative industries and will receive a £20,000 cash prize from Creative Scotland.

You can take a look at the Shortlist for the SAY Award 2018 below:

  1.  BABE – Kiss & Tell
  2.  Best Girl Athlete – Best Girl Athlete
  3.  Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
  4.  Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life
  5.  Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – A Pocket of Wind Resistance
  6.  Kobi Onyame – Gold
  7.  Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  8.  Out Lines – Conflats
  9.  Siobhan Wilson – There Are No Saints
  10.  Young Fathers – Cocao Sugar

The SAY Award 2018 process began way back in May, with almost 300 public submissions whittled down to a Longlist of 20 albums, chosen by a panel of 100 expert nominators.

This was then reduced to a Shortlist of 10 albums – with one chosen by music fans through a 72-hour online vote and the other 9 chosen by an independent panel of judges.

Each Shortlisted artist will receive £1,000 and will also be presented with a stunning textile art prize created by Paisley designer and SAY Design Commission 2018 winner Geri Donnelly – owner of Obsidian Ore.

Sacred Paws were crowned SAY Award winners at last year’s ceremony for their debut album Strike a Match – and Anna Meredith claimed the prize at Paisley Town Hall in 2016 for her album Varmints.

Other previous winners include Kathryn Joseph, Young Fathers, RM Hubbert and Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells.

You can watch the SAY Award 2018 Ceremony live at on the Facebook page from 20:05 on Thursday, 6 September.

You can keep the conversation going online by using #SAYaward to tell us who you think deserves the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year!

Find out more about the SAY Award

Paisley has a good reputation with the bands – they want to play to a crowd that appreciates them and they get that here.

Tommy McGrory
Founder, Loud n Proud music charity

Paisley's musical heritage

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