SAY Award's Live at the Longlist event taking centre stage in Scotland's capital
- Siddharthiya Pillay
- 30 May 2019
The longlist will be unveiled at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall, with performances from C Duncan, Kobi Onyame, Idlewild's Rod Jones and Modern Studies
Edinburgh will be playing host to the SAY Award's 2019 Live at the Longlist event for the first time in the history of the prestigious music prize. The capital city's audience will be a part of the exclusive reveal, by hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan, of the top 20 albums in the running for the £20,000 award for the Scottish Album of the Year. Included in the line-up for this musically-charged event are previous nominees C Duncan, Kobi Onyame, and Idlewild's Rod Jones in collaboration with Modern Studies, as well as a special DJ set from The Skinny's Tallah Brash.
Robert Kilpatrick, General Manager at Scottish Music Industry Association says: 'This year the SAY Award makes its Edinburgh debut, and what better way to kick things off than by hosting Live at the Longlist at The Queen's Hall as part of the iconic venue's 40th anniversary celebrations. Join us for a night championing the incredible strength and diversity of Scottish music, with a stellar line-up of previous nominees performing and the announcement of the 20 outstanding Scottish albums that will make up this year's longlist.'
The SAY Award, produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), together with its Live at the Longlist event, showcases the established and promising talent in the diverse and ambitious Scottish music arena. With 260 albums already nominated, the 100 'impartial' nominators from various sectors, including broadcast and radio, journalism, and the music retail and performance sectors, have their work cut out for them as they whittle this pool down to the 20 eagerly-awaited albums of the longlist. Following this, an online public vote and the SAY Award judging panel select the top 10.
Staying in the capital city and in the hometown of two-time winners Young Fathers (who won for Cocoa Sugar in 2018 and Tape Two in 2012), the announcement of the top 10 and the overall winner will take place on the Fri 6 Sep at The Assembly Rooms, with runners-up taking away £1000 each. But it is not just the cash prize and the exclusively designed piece of artwork from the SAY Award Design Commission that is attractive to artists; as former nominee and headliner this year, C Duncan, says: 'It's an amazing award that celebrates not only the more established artists living and working in Scotland, but also the up and coming ones. It celebrates every genre and style, which is so important in showcasing Scotland's varied and eclectic musical landscape.'