SAMA 2017 Ceremony: IN PICTURES


The eighth annual Scottish Alternative Music Awards went down a treat last night at The Garage, Glasgow as seven exciting Scottish artists pick up awards! The Van T’s won the prestigious Best Live Act award and were presented with the prize presented by main sponsor Rebel Rebel Barbers. DJ Jim Gellatly hosted the night in which special guests Vic Galloway, Laura Boyd, NIGHTWAVE & more presented the seven awards.

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The event began with live sets by electro trio BooHooHoo and riff kings Holy Mountain. Post punk five-piece WHITE closed proceeding’s playing tracks from their debut album ‘One Night Stand Forever’.







Holy Mountain. 

Holy Mountain. 



Our guests were treated to chilled refreshments from Pistonhead Lager.

Our guests were treated to chilled refreshments from Pistonhead Lager.

Last night’s ceremony was a great celebration of Scottish music! The live lineup and 2017 nominations showcase the wealth of talent in Scotland across multiple genres.

The full list of winners for 2017’s awards are:

Best Metal in association with Cathouse - Tiberius


Best Live Act in association with Xpo North-The Van Ts


Best Acoustic in association with Assai UK- Lewis Capaldi (Collected on behalf of Lewis who is on tour in USA.)


Best Electronic in association with citizenM - Stillhound


Best Hip-Hop in association with Boyd Digital - Kid Robotik


Best Newcomer in association with The Academy Of Music & Sound - SHREDD!


Best Rock/Alternative in association with Eventbrite UK - Shambolics


Congratulations to all nominees and winners from everyone at the SAMAs!

Thank you to Cameron Brisbane for the amazing photography.

We'll be back soon, with some exciting news regarding 2018.


Public vote is now open!


The industry have decided the shortlist of 28 acts, now it is time for the public to have their say.

Voting for this year's awards is taking place our mini site, simply visit

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*One vote per IP, per award. 






SAMAs 2017: Meet the Nominees


Why not get to know this year's nominees as the public vote is now open! We've created a stunning Spotify playlist. The playlist will give you a nice insight to the sounds of some of the artists across Scotland! Music from Hairband and Empress can be found here,






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





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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!?