Paisley is set to host the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award ceremony for a third year in a row – and music fans will find out the Longlist for the prestigious award at a special gig in Glasgow.
The SAY Award 2018 Longlist will be exclusively revealed at a live show at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Wednesday 1 August, ahead of the glittering ceremony at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 6 September.
The Scottish Album of the Year Award is one of Scottish music’s biggest nights of the year and the previous winners to claim the title in Paisley were Anna Meredith in 2016 and Sacred Paws in 2017.
The ‘Live at the Longlist’ gig will see performances from previously Longlisted and Shortlisted artists, including a special collaborative set from Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood and Carla J. Easton of TeenCanteen.
Emma Pollock, who performed at last year’s Spree Festival in Paisley and saw her album “In Search of Harperfield” shortlisted for The SAY Award in 2016, will also be on hand to entertain the King Tut’s crowd.
The twenty outstanding albums to make the SAY Award Longlist will be revealed on the night by journalist and broadcaster Nicola Meighan.
The night will climax with a cinematic and expansive DJ set from Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and all proceeds from the evening will be donated to the SAY Award’s charity partner for 2018, Help Musicians Scotland.
A record number of 253 eligible albums were submitted for this year’s title and 100 ‘Nominators’ – made up of music industry experts – will now score their favourites with the 20 highest scoring albums making up the Longlist for 2018.
This will then be whittled down to a Shortlist of 10 albums – with 9 selected by judges and one chosen by the public through a 72-hour online vote.
The final 10 albums will compete for the title of Scottish Album of the Year 2018 and a prize of £20,000.
The Shortlist will be announced on Thursday 23 August, two weeks before the award ceremony at Paisley’s elegant Town Hall.
Tickets for Live at the Longlist are on sale now at the SAY Award website.