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SAY Award: Live at The Longlist

Published: 07 Apr 2017

Steve Mason, photo: Brian David Stevens

Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi-Fi to perform at ‘Live at the Longlist’, a brand new event exclusively announcing The SAY Award 2017 Longlist

On Wednesday 24 May, The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award 2017 Longlist will be revealed in front of a live audience at Glasgow’s O₂ ABC. Home to The SAY Award ceremony back in 2015, the venue welcomes the Award back for this new ticketed event where SAY Award alumni Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason (acoustic) and Mungo’s Hi Fi will perform live, and 20 outstanding Scottish albums will be announced as The SAY Award 2017 Longlist. Each of these 20 albums will be in the running for the £20,000 grand prize, as well as the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year 2017.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 12 April, and will be available at sayaward.com.

Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager at the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: “To announce this year’s SAY Award Longlist, we’re delighted to introduce this fantastic new live music event in Glasgow, allowing music fans to engage with the award more than ever before. Admiral Fallow, Steve Mason and Mungo’s Hi Fi have each been celebrated through previous SAY Award campaigns for fantastic album releases, so what better way to announce this year’s top 20 albums than by inviting them to play at ‘Live at the Longlist’, a new event celebrating great Scottish albums both old and new”.

Compelling singer-songwriter Steve Mason was Shortlisted in 2016 for his album “Meet the Humans”, 2014 for “Monkey Minds in The Devils Time”, and Longlisted in 2012 for “Ghosts Outside” with Dennis Bovell. “Meet the Humans”, Steve’s latest album, is an eclectic mix of dance, pop, folk, dub and deep house influences. His last Glasgow show at the Art School in October was a sell out, so this is an un-missable opportunity to see him play.

Admiral Fallow

Glaswegian chamber popsters Admiral Fallow formed in 2007 and released their adored debut album "Boots Met My Face" in 2011, and its widely acclaimed successor, "Tree Bursts In Snow", the following year (Shortlisted for The SAY Award 2013). Their extraordinary third record, "Tiny Rewards" received many plaudits since its release in May 2015, and was Longlisted for the SAY Award in 2016. Heartbreakingly beautiful, sonically audacious and lyrically bewitching, it heralds a true progression in the band's creative approach.

Back in 2012, Glaswegian based production house Mungo’s Hi Fi were shortlisted for the inaugural SAY Award with "Forward Ever". Having built themselves a refreshing reputation for open-minded no-rules sound, they transform reggae, ska and dubstep into loud cyber-esque rhythms. They will be joined by reggae MC, YT, to perform a live DJ set at ‘Live at the Longlist’.

This inaugural event will showcase some of Scotland’s best musical talents, along with the exclusive announcement of The SAY Award 2017 Longlist. It will undoubtedly be the most exciting live music event in May, not to be missed by any music fan.

The SAY Award 2017 campaign kicked off on 1 March by inviting artists, labels and the public to submit eligible albums released between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 to The SAY Award website. Submissions closed on 31 March, and with just shy of 300 eligible albums submitted, it’s now down to 100 impartial nominators chosen from press, radio, music venues, jazz, classical, traditional folk and elsewhere in the arts to consider the titles from the Eligible Albums List and nominate their five favourites. Ranking them in order of preference and with points assigned to each choice, the highest scoring 20 albums will make up The SAY Award Longlist, which will be announced at “Live at the Longlist” on 24th May.

Launched by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) in 2012, The SAY Award has been key to showcasing Scotland’s wealth of musical talent on a global scale. Wielding one of the UK’s most lucrative prize funds, The SAY Award champions the extraordinary strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical landscape.

The Longlist will be further whittled down to a shortlist of just 10 albums, one of which will be chosen by the public during a 72-hour online vote and 9 chosen by judges. The shortlist will be announced on June 15as part of a BBC Quay Sessions show, with the award ceremony then taking place on June 28th in the surroundings of Paisley's elegant Town Hall, in support of Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, provided by long term Award partner Creative Scotland. The nine runners up will each be awarded a £1,000 prize, as well as an exclusively designed piece of artwork from the SAY Award Design Commission.

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Notes to Editors

Key Dates

March 1 The SAY Award 2017 campaign launches with The SAY Award website accepting submissions of eligible albums
May 24 ‘Live at The Longlist’ – The SAY Award Longlist Announcement at the O₂ ABC
May 29 – June 11 The SAY Award Longlist Promotion
June 12 – June 14 The SAY Award Public Vote
June 15 The SAY Award Shortlist Announcement
June 19 – June 25th The SAY Award Shortlist promotion
June 28 The SAY Award Ceremony

The SAY Award is a Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) production, in partnership with Creative Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, TicketWeb and PPL.

The SAY Award is delighted to support Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA)is a trade body based in Glasgow that was set up in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry. Their membership encompasses individuals and organisations working across all sectors of Scotland’s music industry, including artist managers, promoters, record labels, studios, artists, distributors and more. The SMIA has two core objectives, to both strengthen and champion Scotland’s music industry, and they do this through a variety of projects each year. These projects include training events such as workshops and master classes, sector meet-ups, and their biggest project, The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award, Scotland’s national music prize. The SMIA also lobby government on behalf of its members, as well as offer informal support, such as by doing introductions to new contacts and companies. 

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town's unique and fascinating story to transform its future — by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people's lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at www.paisley2021.co.uk

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.

Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

TicketWeb started in 1995 as small group of music fans who wanted to build a truly DIY ticket site dedicated to shining a light on the freshest new acts. After launching in the U.S., Canada, the UK & Ireland we soon became the go-to ticket seller for independent promoters and venues on both sides of the Atlantic. Two decades later and we’re still proud to be part of that scene but now we also work directly with the artists who fill those venues to make it even easier for real fans to get into their shows. Find out more at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk.

PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and  performers  to  license  recorded music  played in  public  (at  pubs,  nightclubs,  restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast on TV and radio across the UK. Our  members  include  major  record  labels  and  independents as  well  as  globally  successful performers  and  session  musicians,  ranging  from  orchestral players  to  percussionists  and singers.

PPL also operates an international royalty collection service helping members to get paid when their music is played internationally. http://www.ppluk.com @PPLUK.