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2019 Scottish Alternative Music Awards nominations announced

Published: 02 Oct 2019

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The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA’s) recognises the best new Scottish music, shining a spotlight across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres.

2019 marks the tenth anniversary of music awards taking place at Saint Luke’s Glasgow, on Friday 25th October. The ceremony will include live performances by psych rockers The Cosmic Dead, hip hop visionary Chlobocop, and Dumfries punks Franky’s Evil Party whilst being hosted by new music champion Jim Gellatly and poet Leyla Josephine.

Ran in association with key partners Rebel Rebel Barbers and Creative Scotland, the SAMA’s are set to bring a giant night of music celebration to Glasgow.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland said: “The SAMAs shine a light on the bits of the Scottish music industry that other award ceremonies don’t reach. What they find there is a buzz of activity, sometimes in vibrant underground scenes, sometimes on the margins where tomorrow’s talent is ready and waiting to step onto the main stage.

"For their 10th year, the SAMAs have assembled their strongest list of nominees yet, introducing superb musicians to new audiences who might not otherwise lend an ear to these genres. Creative Scotland is proud to support an event that consistently thinks outside of the musical box.”

The 2019 SAMA’s nominations are:

Best Newcomer in association with The Academy Of Music & Sound

  • corto.alto
  • Cloth
  • Kapil Seshasayee
  • VanIves

Best Electronic in association with citizenM hotels

  • Ela Orleans
  • Ok Button
  • Tallisker
  • SHHE

Best Hip Hop in association with Help Musicians Scotland

  • Billy Got Waves
  • Delivery Room
  • Nova Scotia The Truth
  • Steg G

Best Acoustic in association with BTO BeCreative

  • Aaron Smith
  • Annie Booth
  • Lizabett Russo
  • Zoe Graham

Best Live Act in association with Musicians Union

  • Bossy Love
  • Crystal
  • Gallus
  • The Vegan Leather

Best Metal in association with Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow

  • Centrilia
  • From Sorrow To Serenity
  • Godeater
  • Inferiem

Best Rock/Alternative in association with Beezer

  • Fabric Bear
  • Heavy Rapids
  • The Snuts
  • Walt Disco

A three day public vote will open on Monday 14th October on the SAMA’s website, with the winners being announced live at Saint Lukes.

A limited amount of tickets are available for Scottish Alternative Music Awards via Eventbrite.

Teaming up with Scotland’s leading music charity Help Musicians Scotland, £1 from each will go directly to the charity and invested back into supporting Scottish musicians.

For more information on the awards visit:


@officialSAMA on social networks

(Image credit: Billy Got Waves)