Auntie Flo was announced as winner of The Scottish Album of the Year Awards 2019 last night with the album Radio Highlife.
Held in the magnificent Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh for the very first time, an audience of artists, esteemed industry figureheads and engaged music fans from all over the UK gathered at the final award ceremony in celebration of Scotland’s flourishing music scene.
The night ended in style with the announcement that Auntie Flo was the winner of the prestigious award, as well as the lucrative £20,000 prize. The remaining nine Shortlisted albums each won a significant £1,000.
The exclusive award ceremony also saw guests treated to memorable live sets from some of Scotland’s most exciting emerging artists, with LYLO, Heir of the Cursed, Cucina Povera and Man of Moon showcasing to over 800 invited guests at The Assembly Rooms.
This year’s independent panel was made up of eleven key influential and experienced tastemakers from across the creative industries, including Jonathan West, Marketing Director – Ticketmaster Artist Services.
Jon West said: “The SAY Award 2019 shortlist once again demonstrates the sheer diversity of music coming out of Scotland, the standard of albums this year is so high that some incredible albums will have missed out. Scotland continues to produce amazing new artists, so this award will always be highly contested and its one Ticketmaster is really proud to be involved with.”
Gillian Henderson, Senior Business Development Director at Ticketmaster, said: “Ticketmaster is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s SAY Award. It’s encouraging and exciting to see such a diverse list of artists and albums coming from Scotland and we are incredibly excited to see who the well-deserved winner will be.”
Developed by the Scottish Music Industry Association, 2019’s campaign is delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, YouTube Music, Harviestoun Brewery, Ticketmaster New Music, PPL, Sweetdram, The Queen’s Hall and charity partner Help Musicians Scotland.
The SAY Award Shortlist for 2019, in alphabetical order –
1. Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body
2. Andrew Wasylyk – The Paralian
3. Auntie Flo – Radio Highlife
4. C Duncan – Health
5. Cara J. Easton – Impossible Stuff
6. Fergus McCreadie Trio – Turas
7. Free Love – Luxury Hits
8. Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson – Laws of Motion
9. Kathryn Joseph – From When I Wake The Want Is
10. Mastersystem – Dance Music