Scottish Album of the Year 2018 Shortlist revealed ahead of Paisley ceremony

Friday 24th August, 2018

The shortlist for The Scottish Album of The Year (SAY) Award – Scotland’s national music prize – has been announced ahead of this year’s ceremony in Paisley.

Ten albums have made The SAY Award shortlist for 2018, each representing and celebrating Scotland’s rich and diverse music scene.

Paisley Town Hall will host the glittering ceremony for a third year running on Thursday 6 September and the Shortlisted artists for The SAY Award 2018 are:

  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 Shortlist was chosen by a highly-respected panel of judges including Strawberry Switchblade’s Rose McDowall, BAFTA award-winning film maker Lynne Ramsay and curator of National Museum Scotland’s ‘Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop’, Stephen Allen.

A 72-hour voting window – which closed at midnight on Wednesday – saw a record number of Public Votes cast by music fans, all hoping to secure their favourite Longlisted album a place on the 2018 SAY Award Shortlist.  The winner of the Public Vote was Franz Ferdinand for ‘Always Ascending’.

The winner of the SAY Award 2018 will be announced at the Award Ceremony in the stunning surroundings of Paisley Town Hall on September 6, with the winning album being awarded £20,000.

Each Shortlisted album has also won a guaranteed £1,000 prize and will receive an exclusively designed, commemorative award, created by the winner of The SAY 2018 Design Commission.

You can listen to and learn more about each album on The SAY Award Shortlist by visiting (Link opens in a new browser tab)

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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