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The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award have announced an outstanding line-up of exciting emerging artists who will appear at this year’s prestigious award ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.
Each year, the exclusive invite-only event provides a showcasing opportunity for some of Scotland’s finest and up and coming talent and with ten days to go until the final ceremony, organisers have revealed that Lylo, Heir of the Cursed, Cucina Povera and Man of Moon will all perform individual sets on Friday, 6 September.
The award ceremony, which is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of 2019, promises to be an incredible celebration of Scotland’s flourishing music scene.
Among the diverse line-up of acts who will appear on the night, Lylo are known for their jazz-infused sound and critically acclaimed album Post Era.
They will be joined by the distinctive and distinguished Heir of the Cursed, renowned for her beautiful vocals, spine-tingling arrangements and gripping lyrics.
It will be a local show for Edinburgh’s psychedelic rock duo Man of Moon who match their enthralling tunes with truly mesmerising visuals while Cucina Povera has cultivated a strong reputation for her ambient and hypnotic electronic creations.
After attendees have been treated to a fantastic line-up of live performances, those attending will witness the eagerly anticipated and exclusive announcement of the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2019.
Developed by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), The Scottish Album of the Year Award is one of Scotland’s most ambitious and lucrative arts prizes. With £20,000 awarded to the winning album and nine runners-up prizes of £1,000, The SAY Award champions the strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical output.
The award-winning band or solo artist will be carefully selected on the night by an expert panel of judges made of ten key influential and experienced tastemakers from across the creative industries. Offering an incredibly strong and diverse snapshot of Scotland’s flourishing music scene, the 2019 Shortlist consists of ten outstanding albums which span a wide range of contemporary genres and styles.
The albums still in the running for this year’s coveted prize, in alphabetical order, are:
Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body
Andrew Wasylyk – The Paralian
Auntie Flo – Radio Highlife
C Duncan – Health
Cara J. Easton – Impossible Stuff
Fergus McCreadie Trio – Turas
Free Love – Luxury Hits
Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson – Laws of Motion
Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake The Want Is
Mastersystem – Dance Music
Each Shortlisted album has won a guaranteed minimum prize of £1,000 thanks to award partner Creative Scotland, and will receive an exclusively designed commemorative art prize, created by The SAY Award Design Commission, local designer Emma McDowall.
Now in its eighth year, previous winners of The SAY Award include Young Fathers ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (2018), Sacred Paws ‘Strike A Match’ (2017), Anna Meredith ‘Varmints’ (2016), Kathryn Joseph ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ (2015), Young Fathers ‘Tape Two’ (2014), RM Hubbert ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ (2013) and the inaugural winner Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (2012).