THE nominations for the ninth edition of the Scottish Alternative Music Awards have officially been announced.

Set to take place in Saint Luke’s for the first time later this month, this year’s awards will once again shine a light on the huge breadth of talent currently emerging from Scotland’s thriving music scene. Featuring a wildly eclectic bunch of bands and solo artists of many styles and genres, the SAMAs have announced the nominees for the categories of Best Acoustic, Best Rock/Alternative, Best Newcomer, Best Live Act, Best Electronic, Best Metal and Best Hip Hop.

Not only will the winners of each category be revealed on 25th October at the ceremony in one of Glasgow’s finest venues, the night will also see eagerly anticipated performances from electronic outfit Blanck Mass and popular party starters The Vegan Leather.

Among the nominees are Tenement Trail alumni LUCIA, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West, Voodoos and St Martiins who will all battle it out in the Hoyle co tested Best Rock/Alternative category. Other hotly tipped artists nominated include Zoe Graham, CRYSTAL, The Dunts Beta Waves, Solareye, Free Love, Lylo and Kobi Onyame.

A huge celebration of yet another exciting year for the Scottish music industry, The SAMAs take place at Saint Luke’s on 25th October. Check out the full list of nominations below.

Best Acoustic sponsored by Assai UK

Blue Rose Code
Hamish Hawk
Zoe Bestel
Megan Airlie

Best Rock/Alternative sponsored by Eventbrite UK

Declan Welsh & The Decadent West

Best Newcomer sponsored by The Academy Of Music & Sound

Zoe Graham
The Dunts
Beta Waves

Best Live Act sponsored by XpoNorth

Free Love
Rapid Tan
Future Get Down

Best Electronic sponsored by citizenM hotel

Cucina Povera
Lanark Artefax
Lo Kindre

Best Metal sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow

Bleed From Within
Lotus Eater

Best Hip Hop sponsored by Help Musicians Scotland

The Honey Farm
Kobi Onyame
Jackal Trades