SAMAs announce 2017 Nominations

The time has come to share the 2017 nominations for Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

After months of work behind the scenes working with the twenty one judges across the seven awards, we are delighted to share with you the shortlist. 

SAMA Founder / Creative Director Richy Muirhead comments on the shortlist:

"The twenty eight shortlisted acts represent the diversity and high quality of music in Scotland. I feel there is something on the list for everyone from grime to house music, rock and more. The SAMAs are designed to allow the audience to discover new music, and this list can do exactly that. Members of the music industry created the shortlist, now the public can have their say in a short vote – the team and I are looking forward to seeing it all come together on the 12th!”  

The nominees for 2017 are as follows:

BEST ROCK/ALTERNATIVE sponsored by Eventbrite UK

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Pure Grief

Medicine Men

BEST NEWCOMER sponsored by The Academy Of Music & 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





SAMAs 2017: The Nomination Process

With seven SAMAs up for grabs in this years event, here’s a run-down of the process that will decide the shortlist of SAMA 2017!

Nomination Criteria

The following are the criteria an act must meet to be nominated by our judges for one or more of the seven categories at this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) taking place on Thursday 12th October 2017 at The Garage, Glasgow.


  1. The judges, as a group, must select the 4 shortlisted acts for the award.
  2. Judges should add two secondary acts on the final list as a back up, so in total submitting 6 but 4 primary nominees.
  3. Four acts per award are then entered into a short public vote taking place on Monday 2nd October.
  4. The judges’ decisions must be based solely on the quality of the music from the artists, both recorded and live. They must not take into account objective factors such as commercial sales, chart success, and record label.


1. The act must be from or primarily based in Scotland.

2. The act must be appropriate for your specific selected category:

  • Best Acoustic in association with Assai UK
  • Best Electronic in association with citizenM
  • Best Hip-Hop in association with Boyd Digital
  • Best Live Act in association with XPO North
  • Best Newcomer in association with Academy of Music & Sound
  • Best Metal in association with Cathouse Rockclub Glasgow
  • Best Rock/Alternative in association with Eventbrite UK

3. The act must be aged 16 or over.

4. The act must have been formed for at least six months.  

5. The act must show evidence of their willingness to tour and gig out with their own town/city/base.

6. The act must have music available to the general public to listen to via physical copies or online music e.g. downloads, streaming, YouTube videos, etc.

7. This music must have been made available within the last two years.

Notes: The SAMAs shortlist should explore innovative, high quality and exciting artists to represent Scotland.

The judges are rotated annually to be fair and relevant towards the year.

Best Live Act

Phoebe Inglis-Holmes Vixen Sound / BBC Introducing

Dougie J Black Carnival 56 Dundee / Ginger Jesus Promotions

David Weaver Synergy Concerts / Detour Scotland

Best Hip Hop

Jonathan Rimmer Scotland Stand Up

Alana Hepburn Kelburn Garden Party / Boomtown Fair

Connor Strachan Wavvy Music

Best Metal

Jonathan Almond Rock N Roll Events

Chris Spencer Artery Global

Harris Douglas HD Music

Best Newcomer

Holly Calder Freakender

Andy Hannah The Line Of Best Fit

Nicola Meighan BBC Scotland / The Herald

Best Rock/Alternative

Steve Robertson Belladrum Tartan Hearts / Twenty Ten Events

Nadine Walker Tenement TV

Mike Jonns This Feeling

Best Electronic

Claire Francis The Skinny (Clubs Editor)

Maya Medvesek Musician (Nightwave)

Ryan Hamblett Shapes, Stirling

Best Acoustic

Nicky Carder Beyond Presents

John Anderson 57 Degrees North, Aberdeen

Gill Maxwell Scottish Music Centre

The 2017 nominations will be released on Wednesday 20th September

The public vote will open on Monday 2nd October and last for ten days.

2017 Winners will be announced at the main event on Thursday 12th October at The Garage, Glasgow. The ceremony will feature live performances from WHITE, Holy Mountain and BooHooHoo plus more to be announced.

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SAMAs 2017: Meet the Line-up

This year’s live ceremony for the Scottish Alternative Music Awards is taking place at The Garage in the heart of Glasgow and will see some of the cities rising stars take to the stage. The line-up has been spearheaded by WHITE, BooHooHoo and Holy Mountain, with more artists still to be announced.

WHITE – Berlin era Bowie with a modern edge

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Coming off the back of their debut album One Night Stand Forever, WHITE have taken the best bits from Berlin era David Bowie and combined it with some pop sensibility. With a tasteful grasp on 80’s nostalgia the band have produced a handful of singles and the Cuts That Don’t Bleed EP ahead of their inaugural LP. Having spent six months writing and rehearsing before unleashing their angular electro rock unto the world, the effort put in is evident. Touring up and down the country as well as appearances at Electric Fields, Kendall Calling and Carnival 56, WHITE’s hard work will no doubt pay off with ever growing success.

BooHooHoo – slick electro pop with melodies to spare


Emerging Glasgow trio BooHooHoo may have only been gigging for a short time but have managed to put out some of the freshest sounding electro pop in the country. Managing to sell out Nice n Sleazy’s last year, the quartet used it as a launch night for their debut EP DebutHooHoo. Produced by former Prides member Lewis Gardiner, the EP is a weird and wonderful take on the electro pop that stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Adding a slick 80’s production and dual vocal duties from Richard (bass/synth) and Lizzie (synth/flute) gives each track a larger dynamic to the band’s sound.

Holy Mountain – Kevin Parker fronted Black Sabbath


The whirlwind of fuzz and psychedelic noise that three-piece Holy Mountains can only be summed as a Kevin Parker fronted Black Sabbath. Mixing 70’s heavy rock with the extended jams and colourful guitar sounds, the band can provide a common ground for everyone that’s into rock music. Having signed to Chemikal Underground Records, home to Arab Strap and Mogwai the band two raucous full lengths. The first LP Earth Measures managed to gain attention from BBC Radio Scotland presenter Vic Galloway and shining reviews from Drowned In Sound and The List. With the band’s 2014 release Ancient Astronauts the band have kept their brand of heavy psychedelia fresh with another set of scorching tracks. 

The live ceremony special guests will be revealed soon, and 2017 nominations from Wednesday 20th September. Are you ready for the SAMAs!?


Perth Music Expo returns with stellar line-up!

On the 7th September, Perth Music Expo returns for its fourth year to showcase the best upcoming bands the city and rest of Scotland has to offer. The free entry event spans three city-centre venues with introductory industry talks in the Imax Playhouse and live music across The Twa Tams and The Green Room. 



The event gives local bands a platform to truly thrive in their early days with Perth natives: Real Life Entertainment, Emilie and Flat Six offering a variety of everything from hazy alt rock to psychedelia, highlighting the strength of the town’s live scene.

The line-up also features two east coast alt-pop heavyweights, Edinburgh’s Rebel Westerns and Dundee’s St Martiins both equipped with vibrant new releases and dreamy soundscape live sets. To diversify the evening, an electronic fix can be found in Stillhound and the ever abrasive Pinact serve up messy, spirited punk, alongside Womps, Start Static, and SKJOR.


Here's a taste of what you can expect at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards stage! 


The countdown is officially on for this years Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2017 - Ceremony with Rebel Rebel!

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The seven awards are:

Best Acoustic in association with Assai Records.
Best Electronic in association with citizenM Glasgow.
Best Hip-Hop in association with Boyd Digital.
Best Live Act in association with XpoNorth.
Best Metal in association with Cathouse Rock Club.
Best Newcomer in association with Academy of Music and Sound Scotland.
Best Rock/Alternative in association with Eventbrite.

Full details of 2017 lineup, guests, and awards will released soon. 

Tickets are available now from £7 / £10 / £20. http://OfficialSAMA.co.uk

Team SAMAs



Taking place at the forest walls of Drumlanrig Castle (Dumfries & Galloway) on 1-2 September with headline performances from Scottish rock heavy weights Frightened Rabbit, and UK garage king Dizzee Rascal

The eclectic bill includes familiar SAMA winners on the lineup including Fatherson, Crash Club, and ceremony performers Stillhound and Shogun. 

We’ve picked and previewed five un-missable acts to catch at the festival. We suggest adding them to your list festival watch lists. 


Five years on from their SAMA win, and Glasgow three-piece Fatherson have gone from strength to strength. Resonating sentimentality will have a crowd held, heart and soul, invested in the clarity of Leighton’s vocal and poignant lyrics stylings. A backdrop of slow-build instrumentals and the aching nostalgia of crowd chanted chorus lines, will serve as a tangibly sincere memory for years to come, as curtains close on festival season 2017. For more, click here



Dale Barclay's new musical project is a hauntingly beautiful punk mash up pushing the realms of creativity. This six-piece live act will leave you desperate for more! What's guaranteed is the set to be sweaty, loud, dark, and intense from the beginning. 

And Yet It Moves will begin their full UK tour this September with stops in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Watch Ketamine Ma'am below. For more click here



If Stillhound’s performance from SAMA 2016 is anything to go by, the Edinburgh three-piece will deliver a truly engaging, clean-cut set. Equipped with debut album Bury Everything, they’re proven creators of harmoniously fragmented electro-pop, that’ll be both immersive and infectious to a festival audience. For more, click here.


Previous winners in the Best Electronic award at the SAMAs, the Ayrshire trio have been going from strength to strength around the UK scene gaining moment for their powerful live sets. Live, they are loud, and energetic and have been known to feature live collaborations with members of Tijuana Bibles, Mickey 9s, and Medicine Men! Fore more , click here.


Fresh off the back of collecting the Scottish Album Of The Year 2017 accolade, and Irish tour run with US heavy weights Future Islands, Sacred Paws are a must see at Electric Fields. The debut album 'Strike A Match' is full of infectious guitar lines, all the melodies, and lots of energy. Welcome to your new favourite indie band! For more info, click here.

Tickets are on sale now from only £95 via www.electricfieldsfestival.com

We'll see you down the front!

Team SAMAs

NEXT SAMA Event - Scottish Alternative Music Award 2017 Ceremony, Thursday 12th October. 

For more information, click here