SAY Award Live at the Longlist to feature performances by Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and Sacred Paws

SAY Award Live at the Longlist announces performances by Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and Sacred Paws

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Premiering on Thu 17 Sep, the virtual event will reveal the 20 Scottish albums that make up 2020's anticipated Longlist

Now here is something for Scottish music fans to look forward to. The SAY Award announced today that this year's Live at the Longlist event, which is going virtual for the very first time, will feature performances by former SAY Award nominees Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and Sacred Paws.

Live at the Longlist will be broadcast live on YouTube on Thu 17 Sep at 7pm BST, allowing music fans from around the world to watch the unveiling of 2020's Longlist and take in performances by the three talented Scottish acts from the comfort of home.

Developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the SAY Award annually celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums of the past year, spanning a variety of genres and highlighting artists from across the country.

A record-breaking 362 albums were submitted for SAY Award consideration this year. Artists with eligible albums include Deacon Blue, Declan Welsh and the Decadent West, Gerry Cinnamon, Lewis Capaldi, Mogwai, The Ninth Wave, Rachel Sermanni, Sacred Paws, The Snuts, Tide Lines and Twin Atlantic.

Previous winners of the SAY Award include Auntie Flo's Radio Highlife (2019), Young Fathers' Cocoa Sugar (2018), Sacred Paws' Strike A Match (2017), Anna Meredith's Varmints (2016), Kathryn Joseph's Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I've Spilled (2015), Young Fathers' Tape Two (2014), RM Hubbert's Thirteen Lost & Found (2013) and the inaugural winner Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat's Everything's Getting Older (2012).

The SAY Award has made a commitment to the Keychange pledge, ensuring that the independent judging panel and nominators list features a 50:50 gender split for the second year running. The panel will also feature judges from four selected international territories for the very first time this year, aiming to build upon and maintain international links for Scottish music.

Filmed at both Summerhall in Edinburgh and the city's new events space 54EP, Live at the Longlist co-hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan will unveil which 20 albums have been selected this year. Following the event, the 20 albums will be reduced to a Shortlist of 10 albums, of which nine titles will be decided by the judging panel, while the final album will be chosen by music fans in a 72-hour online public vote. The final winning artist will collect a £20,000 cash prize and nine runners up will each be awarded £1,000. The final SAY Award ceremony will take place on Thu 29 Oct.

Subscribe to the SAY Award Youtube channel to receive a reminder for the premiere of Live at the Longlist on Thu 17 Sep at 7pm BST. To view all 362 eligible albums, visit or listen to the official playlist.

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