Scottish Alternative Music Awards announce 2017 nominees

Check out the nominees for the eighth Scottish Alternative Music Awards, who include Siobhan Wilson, Babe and Shogun

Feature by Music Team | 21 Sep 2017

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards, aka SAMAs, are back for their annual award ceremony celebrating the wealth of underground musical talent in Scotland. As with previous years, the 2017 SAMAs are to be hosted at Glasgow's Garage. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 12 October and will feature live performances from a trio of Glasgow bands; disco punk act WHITE, psychedelic rockers Holy Mountain and electro three-piece BooHooHoo.

As well as these live performances on the night, SAMAs founder Richy Muirhead has unveiled that the eighth edition will be hosted by a selection of special guests including Amazing Radio's Jim Gellatly, BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway and Laura Boyd from STV.

Of the 2017 awards, Muirhead says, "The 28 shortlisted acts represent the diversity and high quality of music in Scotland right now. I feel there is something on the list for everyone, from grime to electro, rock and more. The SAMAs are designed to allow the audience to discover new music, and this list does exactly that. Members of the music industry formed the shortlist, now the public can have their say in a vote in October – the team and I are excited for the ceremony in three weeks!”

And without further ado, here are the 2017 nominations:

Best Rock/Alternative sponsored by Eventbrite UK
Pure Grief
Medicine Men

Best Newcomer sponsored by The Academy of Music and Sound
Jutland Songs

Best Hip Hop sponsored by Boyd Digital
Kid Robotik
Asthmatic Astronaut

Best Electronic sponsored by citizenM
Illyus & Barrientos
Sam Gellaitry
Golden Teacher

Best Acoustic sponsored by Assai UK
Siobhan Wilson
Callum Beattie
Gus Harrower
Lewis Capaldi

Best Live Act sponsored by Xpo North
Indigo Velvet
The Van T's
Oskar Braves

Best Metal sponsored by Cathouse Glasgow
Sithu Aye

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards ceremony which will take place at The Garage, Glasgow, 12 Oct.
Tickets are available now at