THE SAY AWARD have announced details of this year’s Live at the Longlist event, which will be streamed online on Thursday 17th September.

Hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan will reveal the 20 albums which are in the running for Scotland’s top prize. It follows a record-breaking number of submissions from fans and artists with 362 albums to choose from.

With the stream set to begin at 7pm over on The SAY Award’s Youtube channel, the announcement of the 20=strong Longlist will be accompanied by a trio of live performances from previous nominees Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and 2017 winners Sacred Paws. The performances will be shot at a pair of Edinburgh events spaces – Summerhall and 54EP.

Sacred Paws said: “Playing live is always such a great release and a source of joy for us – we’re not really used to playing for cameras but everyone at The SAY Award made it so much fun that we almost felt like we were at a real gig for a moment!

“We really hope you enjoy watching as much as we did playing.”

The twenty albums on the longlist, chosen by a list of 100 impartial nominators, will then be reduced to a shortlist of ten. Nine of these will be chosen by The SAY Award independent judging panel and one will be chosen by the public in a 72-hour online vote. The final winning artist, announced in a ceremony on October 29, will collect a £20,000 cash prize, and nine runners up are each awarded £1,000.

The SAY Award have also announced their commitment to the Keychange pledge in 2020, ensuring the independent judging panel and nominators list set to decide this year’s longlist and ultimately, the final winner, features a 50:50 gender split for the second year running.

Previous winners include Young Fathers, Auntie Flo, RM Hubbert and Kathryn Joseph. Those in the running this year include the likes of Lewis Capaldi, The Ninth Wave, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, The Vegan Leather, Rachel Sermanni, Gerry Cinnamon and more.