Young Fathers win Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2018 in Paisley

Friday 7th September, 2018

Young Fathers were revealed as the 2018 winners of the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award at a glittering ceremony in Paisley last night (Thursday 6 September).

The trio made history by becoming the first group to win the SAY Award twice and also collected the £20,000 first prize for their third studio album, Cocoa Sugar.

The ceremony at Paisley Town Hall, which was presented by co-hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan, saw an audience of music industry professionals from across the UK, music fans and Scotland’s strong mix of creatives gather to celebrate the nation’s rich and diverse music scene.

As well as the first prize, Young Fathers also received an exclusively designed, album-inspired commemorative award, created by the winner of The SAY 2018 Design Commission, Geri Donnelly of Obsidian Ore.

Band member, Alloysious Massaquoi was ecstatic, saying “We want to thank everyone who voted, it’s fantastic for Scotland and diversity in music. This is a total surprise and an honour for us to win it twice and make history. We are obviously a multi-racial group who stand for openness, kindness, and love.”

Formed in Edinburgh in 2008 by Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham ‘G’ Hastings in 2012, the band have released three studio albums – and previously picked up the SAY Award in 2014 for their mixtape, Tape Two.

Robert Kilpatrick, General Manager at Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: “A huge congratulations to Young Fathers for winning 2018’s Scottish Album of the Year Award. ‘Cocoa Sugar’ is a fantastic, world class record, which showcases the band’s incredible song writing talent and musicianship.

“Having previously won The SAY Award for ‘Tape Two’ back in 2014, as well as The Hyundai Mercury Prize in the same year for ‘Dead’, they continue to go from strength to strength, defying expectations and creating some of the best music to have come out of Scotland. A truly well-deserved win from an outstanding, crucially important Scottish act.”

As well as Young Fathers claiming the first prize, the nine other Shortlisted albums each won a £1,000 prize and bespoke commemorative award including a soundwave from each of the albums’ lead tracks. See the Shortlist below:

BABE – ‘Kiss & Tell’

Best Girl Athlete – ‘Best Girl Athlete’

Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’ (Public vote winner)

Golden Teacher – ‘No Luscious Life’

Karine Polwart With Pippa Murphy – ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’

Kobi Onyame – ‘Gold’

Mogwai – ‘Every Country’s Sun’

Out Lines – ‘Conflats’

Take a look at some of the best pictures from the SAY Award 2018 ceremony with the gallery above.

Find out more about the winning prize design!

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Paisley’s musical heritage

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